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Blending the Perfect Cocktail for Summer

  There are lots of things to take into consideration when you host a party. There are the appetizers, music, games, and of course, the beverages. For me, this is one of the hardest parts to put ...

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What to Sip on This Summer: Palomas

It's finally summer and that means it's time for refreshing summer drinks! What do you like to sip on in the heat? This summer, break away from the typical margaritas and mimosas and try a Paloma.

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Your Guide to The Perfect Cocktail

A good cocktail isn't hard to find these days. Just step into any trendy bar or restaurant in Chicago, and they'll present you with a healthy list of cocktails that are available for $13 or ...

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Bar Basics

Have you ever tried to make a cocktail only to discover that it is way too strong, too watery, or too sweet and have no idea how to fix it? Knowing a few ratios and bar basics will help. Making a ...

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Forget Plain Sugar, Sweeten with Simple Syrup

  You have a $20 bag of coffee and your new French press. Now, it's time to put away your granulated sugar and elevate your coffee with simple syrup. Simple syrup is easy to make and has multiple ...

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The Comeback of The Old Fashioned Cocktail

Ten years ago when I started bartending, Old Fashioneds weren’t a “thing”… at least not one that you wanted to drink. This was a time when bitters were scarce, misused and misunderstood, bar spoons ...

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Rooting for Ginger Root

  Okay, I admit it. I am a ginger addict. From its warm and earthy aroma to its sharp and spicy flavor, its lure is undeniable. Not to mention its health benefits!Ginger contains gingerol, which is ...

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The Bitter Truth

In the past 15 years, cocktails have gotten more and more complicated. Mixologists behind the bar can make creating a drink look like chemistry, rather than an adult beverage. But you don't need ...

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Got Sad Looking Herbs? Make a Simple Syrup!

  Does this sound familiar? You need two or three tablespoons of an herb for a recipe. However, your grocery store only sells herbs in large bunches, so you have no choice but to buy the whole ...

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Cocktail Party Idea: Drinks from Toronto

  Last weekend I drove up to Toronto and discovered that not only is it a culturally and culinarily rich destination, but the city contains one of the most creative cocktail spreads I'd ever ...

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