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By CoffeeGeek Mark | Exploring the finest in craft cocktails - from the classics to the postmodern, all with balance and taste.

Eight Sexy Valentine's Day Cocktails: Various spirit concoctions perfect for a day of love and spice

While making no promises about love potions or secret tonics, what we can guarantee is the quality of taste in the following eight drinks. Made with care and concern, they exemplify many ideals surrounding the holiday of love: spice, smoke and flavor. Whether you prefer a vodka or rum, or venture …

Barrel Aging Cocktails at Home… Without a Barrel!

A big trend in fancy bars is barrel aging premium cocktails; a trend started at Clyde Common in Portland. It brings new dimensions to a cocktail, but …

History in a Bottle: The Hub Punch

When it comes to seeking novel libations, sometimes the best place to look is the past. Those who came before us truly knew how to party, and what they lacked in (current day) hygiene standards, they more than made up for with inventive—and piquant—liquid pathways to inebriation. It's in this …

Ginger Beer

Interview: Colin Peter Field of the Hemingway Bar Paris

Enjoying a well-made cocktail is a sensory experience akin to consuming any other form of art. And yet, because of the ephemeral nature of food and drink, cocktails are often neglected when considering great artistic masterpieces. As such, so are their creators—for the most part. That can't be said …

Paris

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails

In demand bartenders David Kaplan and Alex Day—along with regular Nick Fauchald—tasked themselves with the ambitious goal of creating the ultimate cocktail book. If detailing the exact recipes of more than 500 cocktails created over eight years at NYC's Death & Company wasn't enough, the trio also …

Mixology

Harlow & Sage

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Black Jack David

Several cocktails had denuded an orange of all its peel and it was time to squeeze before it went bad. I could’ve made a Bronx or a Ward Eight but …

Blackjack

All mixed up with Calypso Confuser

Well will you look at that It’s cherry season. All around you at the market are those little gems with the cyanide containing pits. Tasty stuff let …

Happy Fourth of July!The Applejack Smash

What cocktail to offer on Independence Day, the day some of the greatest political minds signed the document outlining the most secure and fair …

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Benjamin

The Benjamin, a martini with garlic and pepper. Photo by Donna Turner Ruhlman.

I read about this impromptu cocktail in Molly Wizenberg’s new memoir, …

If There’s Smoke, There’s a Bartender

ON a recent episode of the satirical IFC show “Portlandia,” a preening mixologist creates an over-the-top cocktail with egg shells, a rotten banana and “charred ice.”

Good joke, but not completely absurd. Charred ice has not been spotted in any mixing tins, but smoked ice cubes are falling into …

Make It: Smoked Ice (and a cocktail to enjoy it with)

If you like tinkering in your home bar with projects, then this post is for you.

Today I give you a magic trick for your guests (and drinks): the …

Mixology

Cocktail Hour: The Martini Not Even Stirred

On September 24, 1993, I walked out of the offices of the publisher Henry Holt, having just gotten my first book contract. Donna was with me to share …

Cerrito Cocktail

This is a gin sour I’ve been kicking around with a friend. The combination of maraschino and allspice isn’t one I immediately think of so I’m glad …