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Homemade Cocktails — Experiments, Critiques & Travels

The Savoy Tango

Sometimes, simpler drinks are better. True, you can whip up some smoked air to mix with your cardamom- and saffron-infused gin (the gin itself being homemade…who needs commercial gin, right?) … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · Leave a comment

MxMo LXIII: Retro Redemption — The Alabama Slammer becomes the Frank Bama

There is a certain period of time that’s referred to as the “Dark Ages” of mixology…somewhere between the 1950s and the 1990s. Yes, certain pockets of resistance still existed during … Continue reading

November 20, 2011 · 2 Comments

Tonight’s Drink: The Millionaire!

This one comes directly from Ted Haigh’s VintageĀ SpiritsĀ & Forgotten Cocktails, accompanied by the maxim, “Recipes are not sacred.” Indeed. Everybody from David Embury on down has realized this fact at … Continue reading

August 1, 2011 · Leave a comment

Tonight’s Drinks: Ramos Gin Fizz, Sloe Gin Fizz, Basil Cherry Collins

Huzzah! Huzzah! The soda siphon has arrived! Time for a round of Fizzes and Collinses! First up, one of two quintessential New Orleans cocktails, the Ramos Gin Fizz, also known … Continue reading

July 30, 2011 · 7 Comments