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I’m excited to host the June 2011 edition of Mixology Monday. I chose niche spirits for the theme. My personal favorite niche spirit is Armagnac, France’s oldest but lesser known brandy. While Cognac focuses more on creating the perfect signature blend, Armagnac celebrates the differences between different vintages. Even from the same producer, different bottlings […]

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The first Armagnac cocktail I ever tried was at Heaven’s Dog in San Francisco, CA. Heaven’s Dog bar manager Erik Adkins (who happens to be on of my favorite bartenders) had placed an unassuming cocktail on the menu called the Bittered Sling. First, a little bit of cocktail history: a sling predates the cocktail and […]

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The classic Sidecar is a versatile drink that never fails to please. Cognac, lemon and Cointreau in a proportion that can be used to make countless other drinks. Swap the cognac for tequila, lemon for lime and you’ve got a margarita. You’d be surprised the amount of drinks you can make if you know the […]

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