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Advance Your Mixology Skills This Holiday Season, by Tastemaker Camper English

Mixology is almost all fun and games, but I enjoy it more when I take time to learn new techniques like making awesome ice cubes and using milk to clarify punches, think about hot topics like sustainability and the new temperance movement, read about the weird origins of modern cocktails and spirits, and pick out more boozy books to gift to others or myself. That’s what keeps me busy and happy in between sips. I hope I can inspire you to explore this wonderful world this holiday season.

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    Camper English is a cocktails and spirits writer and speaker who focuses on the nerdy side of mixology (he has studied everything from the history of carbonation to the science of clear ice cubes.) He has won awards for his writing, which has been featured in publications like Popular Science and Saveur. His first book is "Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History Beer, Wine and Spirits."

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