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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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Hey, I had this drink at Wo Hing General Store in San Francisco and it is delicious. The Rum and Oats, by bar manager John Codd, contains steamed oatmeal stout, dark rum, vermouth, cinnamon syrup, and bitters, and is topped with whipped cream. Hot beer? Hot damn. Get the recipe at FineCooking.com or hit up Wo Hing in person. There is a nearly all-new menu (the Pina Colada is still there) to try as well. Related articles Cocktail Menu: Rich Table in San Francisco The History of Grenadine Use in Cocktails: Literature Review Read more →

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In my latest column for FineCooking.com, I talk about how the Ward Eight cocktail is everywhere these days. You know how you learn the definition of a word and then suddenly you keep hearing that word everywhere? Over the past month it has been that way with me and the Ward Eight cocktail. I had just finished reading the book Drinking Boston: A History of the City and its Spirits by Stphanie Schorow, in which the author spends a great deal of time discussing this drink and its history. The Ward Eight is the most famous classic cocktail from Boston,... Read more →

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Thinking of a clever name for an alcoholic Shirley Temple isn't easy. Shirley Tempest, Shirley Temptress, Dirty Shirley, Shirley Temple of Doom - they're all taken, and most of the recipes are for vodka, Sprite, and grenadine. Thanks, but no. Well, I have a different recipe. The typical Shirley Temple is ginger ale and grenadine, but I wanted to use PAMA pomegranate liqueur and booze is up a little more. Instead of typical non-alcoholic ginger beer, I wanted to use real ginger beer. Everything on the US market that I know about is non-alcoholic except the newish Crabbie's, which is... Read more →

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