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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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Vieux Carré, a rich + spirit-forward classic

The Vieux Carré is what it would look like if the Manhattan had an eccentric, worldly, New Orleanian great aunt. It’s rich and spirit forward with a split base of rye and cognac. Like the Manhattan it also gets rounded out with sweet vermouth. But unlike her straight-laced nephew, the Vieux Carré has an unruly …

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The Boulevardier, a Negroni for whiskey fans

The Boulevardier is a regular around these parts. It’s a drink that straddles the line between Negroni and Manhattan. Depending on how you frame it, it’s either a Negroni with whiskey swapped in for the gin or a Manhattan with half of the sweet vermouth swapped out for bitter Campari. It’s welcome cocktail, especially in …

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