Evolutionary Drinking

I started drinking like most of us.  I would watch the adults around me.  In a way I was lucky, my father was a regular drinker if not a heavy drinker.  Some of my family would have wine at every meal and sometimes an after dinner drink. My father drinks gin and…

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The Dirty Vesper

To celebrate the birthday of the CIA (founded September 18, 1947), today’s cocktail recipe is an old espionage classic – the Dirty Vesper martini.  Inspired by James Bond’s cocktail of choice in Casino Royale (an icy blend of vodka, gin and Lillet, garnished with a peel of lemon and called…

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The Black and Bleu Martini

James Bond would be proud to drink this half vodka martini. My friends who,  like 007, are not so sure about liking gin yet might be more comfortable toning down the gin with vodka.  Additionally, I seem to be a sucker for Blavod.   (get it? sucker? is this thing on?) The…

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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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Shaken Not Stirred

James freaking Bond; he said it, and we all live by it. My whole concept of what’s cool comes from Bond, The Godfather and a bunch of other pop-culture influences.  The questions should be asked: “Shaken or Stirred?”, “Is there a difference?”, “Was Bond just being a weirdo?” and “Do we…

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