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I mentioned previously that I enjoyed a cocktail called the Handsome Jack at London's Experimental Cocktail Club. I believe it's a loose take on the Vieux Carre. The drink's creator, Chris Tanner, gave me permission to post it with a photo. Awesome. Handsome Jack By Chris Tanner, Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown 20ml Pierre Ferrand Ambre Cognac 20ml Rittenhouse Rye whiskey 20ml Byrrh aperitif wine 15ml Aperol 3ml Green Chartreuse 3ml organic maple syrup 2x dash Angostura bitters 2x dash Peychaud's bitters Stir gently until diluted and strain into a chilled coupette, zest with a lemon and discard. Read more →

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I sort of didn't care what was in a cocktail called the The Brown Trout, because the name is so awesome I would have probably ordered it regardless. But the ingredients are... intriguing anyway. Gin, scotch, Aperol, gentian liqueur, and elderflower - what could go wrong? Everything! But the drink was very nice - give it a try sometime. I ordered this drink at Pint + Jigger during Hawaii Cocktail Week and it was my favorite drink that night. The Brown Trout By Dave Newman 1.5 oz Hendrick's Gin .5 oz Johnnie Walker Black .5 oz Aperol .75 oz Bonal... Read more →

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Look at this sexy and delicious drink by Johnny Raglin of Comstock Saloon. Just look at it! That lime twist is like the Loch Ness monster! Drink it if you dare! Actually the drink is pretty simple and delicious. It is made with pisco, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, apricot brandy, lemon, and egg white. Raglin texted me the recipe, because apparently he is a 23 year old and doesn't believe in email anymore. In the foam atop the drink he has sprinkled dehydrated Campari sugar; a trick I first saw and loved in Vancouver. It adds a nice crunch amidst... Read more →

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Shaher Misif of Cantina in San Francisco has created a cocktail made with red wine and lies. The name of said cocktail is Sangria Roja, so naturally you're expecting a red wine sangria. But beyond the red wine, the drink's other ingredients are tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and grapefruit soda. So it's more like a Margarita meets a Paloma with red wine thrown on top. Sangria? Not so much. But despite the false promises that come with the name, this cocktail is tangy and citrusy and delicious and would make a quick and easy party punch. Get the recipe... Read more →

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Here's a drink from bartender Sune Risum-Urth of the Bar Ruby in Copenhagen (where I'll probably be this weekend!) that combines scotch with chocolate liqueur to delicious effect. It contains lightly peated scotch, apricot liqueur, and chocolate liqueur, with a cream top. Get the full recipe over at FineCooking.com. Read more →

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I first heard about beer and wine syrups years ago on Jeffrey Morgenthaler's and Jamie Boudreau's blogs, and have enjoyed them in many cocktails since then. You know what might be good? Fino sherry and dry vermouth syrups- has anyone tried them? Perhaps that will be a project for another day. Anyway, I made a cocktail using a wintery mulled beer syrup from Nick's Cove Restaurant, Oyster Bar & Cottages on Tomales Bay near San Francisco. Their Manhattan is simply bourbon, oatmeal stout syrup, and Angostura bitters. Get the recipe at FineCooking.com. Photo by Kellie Delario courtesy of Nick's Cove Read more →

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Let's say you're a drink nerd who has the flu. You want to work mezcal into your schedule but how can you justify it when you're sweating through your sheets and spending all day watching soap operas? Houston Eaves, of Esquire Tavern in San Antonio, has the answer. In my lastest FineCooking.com recipe post I list his recipe for the Espadin Tea. It's a lot like a Hot Toddy using tea and Licor 43 as a sweetener. The drink calls for mezcal (I'm sure whisky would also work), lemon, Licor 43, and hot tea. Go get the recipe at FineCooking... Read more →

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