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How to Make Simple Syrup (and 7 variations on it) #cocktailbasics

 After fielding questions from a number of friends about where to begin with making cocktails, I’m starting a series that will walk you through the basics. Last time, I covered basic equipment. Today, I’ll teach you how to make one of the most essential cocktail ingredients, simple syrup. Scroll down to the bottom of this post …

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6 Things Every Home Bar Should Have

After fielding questions from a number of friends about where to begin with making cocktails, I’m starting a series that will walk you through the basics. Today, I’m starting with the basic equipment you need to make most drinks. Maybe you haven’t had a cocktail since that bad experience with tequila poppers in college. Maybe …

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Blackberry-Raspberry Shrub (a drinking vinegar for fans of sour)

When you hear the word “shrub,” unless you’re a cocktail geek or a drink historian, you likely think about a plant. And its other name, “drinking vinegar,” isn’t exactly the most enticing phrase either. You might wonder if someone is trying to rebrand spoiled wine or if we’re talking about really high-end balsamic with the …

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The Martinez, a cocktail with Old Tom Gin

It’s happy hour, which means it is time to talk about cocktails. Today we have the Martinez. This particular cocktail is one of my standbys. The Martinez is an old drink, a predecessor to the familiar Martini, made with Old Tom gin, a style of gin popular in the 19th century that predates the London …

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