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The New Cocktail Vernacular: Raicilla

Up until 2014, there was really only 1 way for Americans to get raicilla: When I first had raicilla, it was because I was looking for mezcal in a shitty beach bar in Sayulita.  I actually had the 1 bartender … Continue reading

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The New Cocktail Vernacular: Pechuga

Pechuga has the ferocity of a toddler’s finger painting and the purity of a forest fire. And with that metaphor in mind, let the standards of judging a pechuga be equally complex.  Specifically, a pechuga is a harvest celebration mezcal.  … Continue reading

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Mezcal

It’s not that tequila isn’t important anymore but it got really boring compared to its junkyard dog cousin – mezcal.  Mezcal isn’t necessarily more rough n’ tough by definition, but before I get into that, wouldn’t it be better if … Continue reading

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The New Cocktail Vernacular

The New Cocktail Vernacular I hate to burst your bubble but when you are using a new “word-a-day” calendar, all your co-workers can tell.  All of a sudden, the new marketing plan is “insipid” instead of a “shit box.”  But … Continue reading

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The Tom & Jerry Cocktail

Every year I like to chef-up a batch of Tom & Jerry cocktails.  The Tom & Jerry is a classic Thanksgiving drink and I must admit, I have to look up the recipe every year.  Normally this is what happened … Continue reading

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A cook walks into a bar…at Tales of the Cocktail

A cook walks into a bar…and murders everyone because they have control issues. Next Thursday at 10:30 EST in NOLA and live streamed on the internet (link to follow)  Neil Robertson of Crumble & Flake and I will be delivering … Continue reading

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Look, you aren’t getting any Pappy… Or, how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the tedium of American whiskey. Part 4 of 4

**my editor is getting a mani-pedi, this is going to be a rough cut** What should you buy if you are the ballingest baller that ever wasted money in a liquor store?  Obviously, the stuff below, but, I know you … Continue reading

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Look, you aren’t getting any Pappy… Or, how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the tedium of American whiskey. Part 3 of 4

Today’s lesson to prevent bourbon zombie-ism is about the distillers in your hometown. Yesterday I discussed often overlooked bottles you could enjoy instead of the Pappy Van Winkle you aren’t getting. 2 day ago I tackled cheap bottles you need to know. … Continue reading

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Look, you aren’t getting any Pappy… Or, how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the tedium of American whiskey. Part 2 of 4

Yesterday I was arguing that Pappy might not be what you think it is and/or that you don’t know what it is. And that there are awesome cheap alternatives. Many people thought I was saying that Pappy is not good … Continue reading

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Look, you aren’t getting any Pappy… Or, how I learned to stop worrying and enjoy the tedium of American whiskey. Part 1 of 4

Look, asshole, shithead, you vacuous status whore, Pappy Van Winkle doesn’t matter.  I don’t really feel bad about letting that cat out of a burlap sack because YOU AREN’T GETTING ANY PAPPY! But I’ll help you deal with that loss, … Continue reading

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