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Rhubarb Gin and Tonic


It’s time for me to pick a signature cocktail of my own to help define the upcoming season. Rhubarb is a special springtime treat. It’s sour bite makes it a natural in cocktails and it’s Easter Egg hue is too pretty to ignore. So when I sat down to develop an Easter inspired cocktail I more »

Thanksgiving Cocktail Idea


This year I’m serving a cocktail for Thanksgiving. The Red Hook. The Red Hook is a classic cocktail made from rye, maraschino liquor and Punt e Mes (a “sweet” vermouth with a “bitter” edge). In case you didn’t know, Red Hook is a neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. Somebody got the good idea to specify what more »

Learn to Make a Martini


A good cocktail should be much more than just a good stiff belt. Cocktails have a glamorous allure, but must be impeccably made to keep from becoming brutes. They’re for those of us who like to sip our drinks slow and enjoy their assertive alcohol-forward power. I say this because whenever someone asks me what more »

Pitcher Drinks for Entertaining a Crowd


Halloween is the “gateway to the holiday season”. So I’ll share one of my favorite entertaining tips. Every party needs a cocktail. But I don’t always have the budget to hire a bartender and there are better ways for the host to spend his or her time than mixing and shaking. Punch is one way more »