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The Harvard Cocktail

The Harvard Cocktail is another tribute to the design of the Manhattan, but based on cognac instead of rye whiskey. Continue reading “The Harvard Cocktail”

Punching out with the Founding Fathers

We just celebrated Independence Day in the US, and this year it occurred to me how fortuitous it is that the Founders did not do their treasonous work in the dark and cold of a winter evening.

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The Champagne Cocktail

OK, so you have champagne for your New Year’s brunch. Seems a little blah, doesn’t it? Try the Champagne Cocktail instead.

The Champagne Cocktail is one of the oldest of cocktails, and one of the quickest and easiest to make. It turns a glass of everyday champagne into a much more sophisticated flavor treat. Continue reading “The Champagne Cocktail”

Floating through Repeal Day: the Twelve Mile Limit Cocktail

December 5 is Repeal Day in the United States, the anniversary of the December 5, 1933, end of Prohibition. (Don’t get me started on Prohibition… )

Reason enough to examine a couple Prohibition-themed cocktails.

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The Scotch Saratoga

I love it when forgotten ideas return, especially the ones I’ve shrugged off as “surely doomed,” and then they reappear as great stuff.

That’s how Scotch whisky got into my Saratoga cocktail. Continue reading “The Scotch Saratoga”

Between the Sheets

The Between the Sheets Cocktail is a delight, much better than I expected from a cocktail with a tacky, frat-house name. It is a very successful variant of the classic Sidecar. Continue reading “Between the Sheets”

The Last Word with an Asterisk: variations on a classic cocktail

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Saratoga Cocktail

When one of my friends asked for a Saratoga Cocktail recently, I was skeptical. I had tried this drink before, and I was not impressed. It seemed unbalanced, or unfinished—the flavors just didn’t seem to blend well. This time around, it was an astonishingly delicious and well-balanced drink. I’ll grant that my tastes have evolved since then, but I think the real reason the Saratoga tasted better this time has everything to do with a different mix of ingredients, particularly the vermouth. Continue reading “Saratoga Cocktail”

The Sidecar Cocktail

Alas! that so few bars are prepared to serve a properly made Sidecar, and so many prepared to abuse us with sours shot from guns. I’ll save that rant for another day. Continue reading “The Sidecar Cocktail”

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