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Rusty Nail, a Scotch + Drambuie suburban sipper

The Rusty Nail is an old man drink, but it’s a much younger one than, say an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan. The latter cocktails are pre-Prohibition classics that were already popular in the 19th century, but one of the two essential components of the Rusty Nail—Drambuie—wasn’t even available commercially until 1909. And the combination …

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Shaken Cocktails, frothy and light drinks

Have a cocktail shaker that you’re looking to put to good use? You’ve come to the right place. Here is a collection of some of my favorite shaken cocktails. Shaking a cocktail with ice chills a drink with amazing efficiency. It also aerates the drink and adds tiny ice chips throughout. But when do you …

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The Manhattan, a whiskey + vermouth classic

There are few cocktails as enduring as the Manhattan. If the original early 19th-century meaning of the word “cocktail” referred to a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters (what we now think of as an Old Fashioned), the current meaning includes all manner of ingredients from syrups to liqueurs to mixtures of many different …

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11 Essential Tools for Your Home Bar

If you’ve been wondering what you need—and what you really don’t—when it comes to setting up your home bar, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve been measuring and shaking and stirring and straining drinks for years. I’ve wasted money on useless equipment and figured out what you really need to have for making quality …

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Old Fashioned, a classic cocktail for curmudgeons

Ahh, the Old Fashioned. It’s the original classic cocktail. There was a time—from the early 1800s to around the 1860s—when the word “cocktail” meant a simple mixture of spirits stirred with sugar, bitters, ice, and lemon peel. The spirit could have been whiskey or gin (Old Tom gin or genever rather than a dry style) …

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