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Irish Coffee, warming right down to your toes

When it comes to cocktails that feel cozy, it’s tough to beat classic Irish Coffee. It’s a simple mix of hot brewed coffee, sugar, whiskey, and gently whipped cream. There’s an often-told story that Irish Coffee was invented in 1943 in Foynes, Ireland when a flight bound for New York (by way of Canada—what with …

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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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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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