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Based on one of my favorite all time cocktails the Boulevardier, I concocted the Blackberry Bombardier as a riff on this famous classic. 1 1/2 oz Rye 3/4 oz Campari 3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth 2 dashes Absinthe 1 Blackberry Muddle the blackberry, add the other ingredients, shake and double strain into a coupe or over […]

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Tales of the Cocktail kicked off today in New Orleans and the buzz on twitter has me jealous that I’m not there. While no substitute for being at totc, enjoying a Vieux Carré seemed like the appropriate way to celebrate with my cocktail brethren. Vieux Carré is the french name for the french quarter (old square) of […]

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I was discussing various orange liqueurs with fellow blogger and Left Coast Libations co-author Michael Lazar when Leopold Bros. American Orange Liqueur came up. Michael impressed upon me that it was a fine product and it made a mean Oriental cocktail.  This piqued my interest as the Oriental is one of the better finds in […]

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Today being Mardi Gras it seemed appropriate to celebrate with a traditional New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac. I took the opportunity to see how the new Bulleit Rye Whiskey worked in this classic libation. Sazerac 2 oz Rye Whiskey (Bulleit Rye) 1/4 oz – 1/2 oz Simple Syrup 2 dashes Peychauds Bitters Absinthe rinse (Kübler) […]

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What’s a rye fan to do? Demand for rye whiskey is so high that the top three brands struggle to meet supply. These days when Rittenhouse 100, Wild Turkey Rye 101 or Sazerac appear in a store they sell out in days. I wonder if things might be easier in Kentucky but here in California […]

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For whiskey fans Malt Advocate magazine is a trusted source for news and reviews for everything in the Whiskey world. Every year John Hansell the man behind Malt Advocate unveils the prestigious Malt Advocate whiskey awards. Much like the oscars, the winners are often expected, celebrated and of course, controversial. No award this year caused more controversy […]

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