Quick Tip #5: Party Cocktail Rules

Labor Day is over and summer is drawing to a close.  That means that the real party season is about to start cranking.  From Halloween (my favorite) to New Year’s Eve, there will be a hundred opportunities to throw parties featuring extravagant, indulgent cocktails too heavy for summer drinking.  Although these…

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Quick Tip #3 – Vermouth

Vermouth is not gross or evil.  This tip should not serve to scare you.  Lower that eyebrow, ease that scowl.  People (Americans) are afraid of vermouth – David Wondrich likes to say that bartenders treat vermouth like toxic waste.  I understand.  I felt the same way.

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Quick Tip #2 – Champagne

Ever open a bottle of cheap champagne?  I don’t come from a people that like sweet champagne (there will be no sugar cube in my spumante).  Actually, here will be no asti spumante at all – not my bag, baby. Anyway back on track… “quick” tip, remember?  So…you bought some cheap…

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Quick Tip #1

I often have to drive and must maintain sobriety.  Lately I have been ordering an old-school bartender hangover remedy.  Club soda and bitters. Sure, most of us order club soda to have a low-calorie non-alcoholic drink and yes bitters are mostly 45%ABV.  A dash or two of bitters will add an interesting flavor…

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