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Champagne, Mistakes, and the Brut Nature Cocktail

“Always learn from your mistakes.”

So our parents admonished us, and I had plenty of opportunities for learning.

My favorite kind of mistake is the kind where the process of “getting it wrong” leads to something unexpectedly good.

My most recent case in point: the champagne-and-cognac Brut Nature cocktail.

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The Tale of the Tuxedo Cocktail

The mystery of the Tuxedo Cocktail is trying figure out just which Tuxedo we’re talking about. The Tuxedo is more a spectrum of recipes, rather than a single formula. Continue reading “The Tale of the Tuxedo Cocktail”

An Old-Fashioned the hard way: the Brandy Crusta

Brandy what?

I would wager that most people have never encountered a crusta, or even heard of one.

So what is that thing? And why should we care?

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The Mary Pickford Cocktail

The Mary Pickford cocktail is fruity and summery, a rum and pineapple forerunner of the tiki concept. And April 8 is Mary Pickford’s birthday, so let’s make some. Continue reading “The Mary Pickford Cocktail”

The Seventh Heaven Cocktail

The Seventh Heaven Cocktail is a quick, simple, and summery gin sour. The formula—gin, citrus juice, and Maraschino—will be familiar as the basis of the Aviation in its late 20th-century incarnation—the one without crème de violette. Continue reading “The Seventh Heaven Cocktail”

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

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Detroit’s Finest: The Last Word Cocktail

The Last Word is another of those cocktails that just doesn’t look right on paper. Chartreuse and Maraschino? C’mon, man, that doesn’t make any sense at all. Continue reading “Detroit’s Finest: The Last Word Cocktail”

The Silver Cocktail

The Silver Cocktail is a Prohibition-era cross between the Martinez and the Martini. Truly old-style, at equal parts gin and vermouth, it seems to reside comfortably on its own branch of the Martini family tree. Continue reading “The Silver Cocktail”

Building on the Old-Fashioned—The Improved Whiskey Cocktail

As I noted in my previous entry, my 1887 edition of Jerry Thomas’s Bartenders Guide lists the original “Whiskey Cocktail”—that’s the one we now think of as the “Old-Fashioned.” That same publication provides evidence that the hard-line definition of the “cocktail” was fraying at the edges. Continue reading “Building on the Old-Fashioned—The Improved Whiskey Cocktail”

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