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Best Practices: Bloody Marys Require Restraint

Best Practices: Bloody Marys Require Restraint

”The Bloody Mary is the most inconsistently made cocktail,” Alejandro Javier Lopez, founder and president of Toma Craft Cocktail Mixers, says. While classics like the Old Fashioned have prescribed processes, Bloody Marys are a moving target. Order one at a bar or restaurant, and it might be served with a celery stick, pickled shrimp, or skewered […]

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Low-Proof Cocktails Are the Buzziest Way to Keep the Party Going

Low-Proof Cocktails Are the Buzziest Way to Keep the Party Going

The modern cocktail renaissance has resurrected scores of techniques, recipes, and ingredients. Rye, bourbon, and amari, not to mention Flips and Daiquiris, have made recent comebacks in cutting-edge cocktail bars nationwide. One of the most popular throwbacks is low-ABV, or low-alcohol-by-volume, drinks. If you’ve had an Aperol Spritz, or seen your friends Instagramming theirs, then […]

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Best Practices: Less Is More When You’re Making Mojitos

Best Practices: Less Is More When You’re Making Mojitos

It’s easy to botch Mojitos. Despite having four ingredients and breezy, tropical-island vibes, Mojitos require precision. In a drink with so few components, you’ll taste every off flavor, from subpar spirits to from-concentrate citrus. Like their cousins, the Daiquiris, Mojitos are a combination of rum, lime juice, and a sweetener. Mojitos also involve fresh mint, […]

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A Vietnamese Restaurant in Queens Is Serving Some of NYC’s Most Creative Cocktails

A Vietnamese Restaurant in Queens Is Serving Some of NYC’s Most Creative Cocktails

Marmite is not for everyone. The dark, viscous sandwich spread made from excess brewers’ yeast has a cult following in its native Great Britain, but is often deemed too salty, pungent, or sour by those of us who didn’t grow up spreading it on toast each morning. Erich Hehn, the 36-year-old bartender at District Saigon […]

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Chelsea Little, Bar Manager at Denver’s Safta, Has a Box of Rosé In Her Fridge

Chelsea Little, Bar Manager at Denver’s Safta, Has a Box of Rosé In Her Fridge

There are more than 70 breweries in Denver and upwards of 11,500 bars and restaurants. In August 2018, the city’s culinary hit parade started singing a new tune. Alon Shaya, the James Beard Award-winning chef behind New Orleans’ perennially packed Saba, debuted Safta, his latest restaurant and Denver’s first destination for modern Israeli cuisine.

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Best Practices: The Key to Mastering Martinis Is Finding Your Balance

Best Practices: The Key to Mastering Martinis Is Finding Your Balance

Served in fancy glassware prone to sloshing, Martinis can intimidate otherwise confident home bartenders. After all, drinks without a lot of ingredients hide even fewer flaws. Fortunately, mastering Martinis is easier than you think. Like life itself, Martinis are all about balance. A traditional Martini recipe has exactly two ingredients: gin and dry vermouth. The […]

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