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Take Me to the Dark Side... The Black Manhattan Cocktail

Take Me to the Dark Side... The Black Manhattan Cocktail

July 5, 2018 / Rachel Eva The Black Manhattan is one of my favorite drinks. I don't have one very frequently, but it's infused with so much memory and significance that every time Shawn Michael makes one at home, I'm transported back about 4 years to when we first started this barware business. We've always been into food and beverages from a culinary perspective.  We just like to eat and drink.  But not any food and drink.... I guess you could say we're kind of picky. The experiences we enjoy the most are flavorful, artistic, fresh, and most of all, provide...

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The Negroni Cocktail and it's brooding cousin: The Boulevardier

The Negroni Cocktail and it's brooding cousin: The Boulevardier

May 31, 2018 / Rachel Eva With Negroni week just around the corner, we've been stirring up a few more of one of our favorite drinks in anticipation... the NEGRONI, duh!   History of The Negroni Cocktail The Negroni has become one of the godfathers of the suite of cocktails we call "classic." Any bartender worth the olive in your martini should know how to make one. The cocktail is most commonly credited to Count Camillo Negroni, who decided he wanted an Americano with a bit more of a kick, and swapped the soda water out for gin. That was...

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The Clover Club Cocktail - History, Recipe, Technique & Variations

The Clover Club Cocktail - History, Recipe, Technique & Variations

Origin of the Clover Club Cocktail The Clover Club cocktail is a long lost delight. As cocktail bars gradually expand their service of classic drinks beyond Old Fashioned's and Sazeracs, this beautiful beverage is beginning to blossom again - and once you taste one, you'll know why.  In it's heyday the Clover Club was the preferred drink of pre-Prohibition gentlemen. It emerged from a Philadelphia men's group called (you guessed it) the Clover Club that met regularly at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel from the 1880's to the 1920's.  The Clover Club cocktail was likely concocted around the turn of the century, and at...

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Averna Sour Cocktail (aka Amaro Sour)

Averna Sour Cocktail (aka Amaro Sour)

March 28, 2018 / Rachel Eva   We're crazy about amaro.  Amari (plural form of amaro) are bitter Italian liqueurs with rich flavor profiles, often herbal and citrusy, that add incredible depth and complexity to cocktails. They are typically both bitter and sweet, made by infusing herbs, fruit, roots, bark, and citrus peel into a spirit, then sweetened and barrel-aged to perfection.   This month we'll be featuring some of our favorite amaro cocktails, and encouraging you to go buy a bottle of the beautiful stuff to try them out.  For more on amaro, read our blog post, What is Amaro? All About...

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