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9 Tips to Building Better Cocktail Menus at Home

9 Tips to Building Better Cocktail Menus at Home

Here we are, in the throes of holiday party season, and it’s your turn to host. Obviously, you’ll stock the bar because that’s what goodhearted people do in such scenarios. You’ll provide some food, a thoughtful playlist. It’ll be great. But what about a cocktail menu? Simply putting some consideration…read more →

Book Review: To Have and Have Another

Book Review: To Have and Have Another

We first became acquainted with “To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion” at Tales of the Cocktail. The book was nominated for a Spirited Award, and the author, Philip Greene, was a regular presence at seminars and events throughout the festival. The title alone piqued our interest —…read more →

Book Review: Handcrafted Cocktails by Molly Wellmann

Book Review: Handcrafted Cocktails by Molly Wellmann

“Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist’s Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning Noon & Night” is the new, lengthy-titled tome from Molly Wellmann, a Cincinnati-based bartender, bar owner and general cocktail aficionado. Like every cocktail book ever, it begins with an introduction to bar basics, including bartending tools and techniques, as well…read more →

Book Review: The New Old Bar

Book Review: The New Old Bar

We get a lot of books sent our way. Biographies of distillation pioneers. Tomes dissecting a particular spirit. And of course, recipe books. Some are solid (“Punch”). Many are not (“Martinis for Moms”). So when “The New Old Bar: Classic Cocktails and Salty Snacks” crossed our desks, we figured we…read more →

Book Review: Vodka Distilled

Book Review: Vodka Distilled

Vodka Distilled is a relatively new book from bartender, drinks consultant and self-titled “Modern Mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim. Vodka holds an interesting place in the market. It remains the  most consumed spirit — both stateside and abroad — while being generally maligned by serious drinks enthusiasts, cocktail bars and many high-profile…read more →

Book Review: Tequila Mockingbird

Book Review: Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist is a new book by Tim Federle. And as you might have discerned from the name, Tim’s got quite a predilection for puns. This book’s geared toward literary enthusiasts, and features 65 drink recipes, each tied to a particular novel. So expect recipes…read more →