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The Art Of The Cocktail Part Seven:The Mai Tai

The origin story of the Mai Tai cocktail has two distinct and divergent paths. Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt aka Donn Beach claims, most emphatically, that he invented the drink for his Don The Beachcomber bar in Hollywood in 1933. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Cocktail Part Six: The Manhattan

New York City is the Mesopotamia of cocktail culture in that many of the great manuals have been penned here, and the lions of the bartending industry have strode through the smoke-filled venues of the city for well over a … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Cocktail Part Five: Hot Buttered Rum

Demon rum. The original spirit consumed widely across North America and the Western Hemisphere. While today, bourbon is considered the quintessential liquor of the United States, it wasn’t in the too far distant past that rum held that honor. There … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Cocktail Part Four: The Captain’s Blood

I spend as much time as is feasible in New Orleans. I’ve developed a good network of friends and comrades in the city and there’s nothing I’d rather do than leave Austin around 11pm at night, ride all night long … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Cocktail Part Three: The Caipirinha

Austin Texas has a large Brazilian community that explodes one weekend per year at the Palmer Event Center, when they all show up clothed as scantily as possible then proceed to spend the next few hours gyrating wildly eventually ending … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Cocktail Part Two: The Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned occupies that curious ground between being a grown man’s drink, it’s got a serious jolt of bourbon in it, and being sweet and fruity enough to appeal to beginning drinkers or folks who typically like cocktails with … Continue reading

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The Art Of The Cocktail Part One: The Lonely Bullfighter

I’ve had a long love affair with well mixed cocktails. The people who prepare them, bars stretching from rural Texas to Istanbul, and the culture that surrounds the art of the cocktail have long fascinated me. A perfectly crafted drink, … Continue reading

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