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Ever wanted to make your own bitters from the comfort of your kitchen? Here's how.
 
For those who missed it, here's the lowdown on the awesome bitters class with @bittermens up at @StoneBarns -- http://ow.ly/dzrV3
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Looking for a nice tequila cocktail to transition you from summer to fall? Well, here you go.
 
Tequila's a strange spirit. Most of us encounter it first in the form of some skunky mixto slurped out of a shot glass, and this relationship is enough to make us swear off the stuff for a long, long time.

If we do return to it though, it's usually in the form of a margarita, perhaps even a neon-colored one in a 16oz plastic cup. We want the experience of sitting out in the summer heat with friends and drinking, but not the earthy taste of the agave.

It's a shame really, since there are so many amazing tequila/agave cocktails out there, like today's Cocktail of the Week, The Eclipse, which combines tequila, Aperol, Cherry Heering, lemon juice and even mezcal to make something perfect for bleed in from hot summer days to cooler fall nights.
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And, honestly, for something with such strong doses of funky ingredients, this thing tastes both surprisingly good and like nothing I've ever had before. Beta Cocktails ftw!
 
What's not to love about a cocktail named "Fatigue" w/ Jack Daniels, Maraschino and an entire oz of Angostura? http://ow.ly/dihyr #CotW
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Never underestimate the power of sherry!
 
Summer love can happen in a glass.
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Wow. Would you ever consider sharing some shots/recipes of how you guys do it? Would love to see some serious meditations on the Old Fashioned :)
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Now I see why people buy equipment to do this at scale...
 
My first (successful) batch of carbonated Negronis. Gonna need some more CO2 charges, stat http://ow.ly/i/Q3qK #EverythingsBetterCarbonated
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It's always good to squeeze some brain juice out of your head melon before going into the weekend, even if you're just making a cocktail calculus smoothie with it.
 
It's Thursday and with the weekend looming on the horizon, let's use our brains a bit for some cocktail calculus fun. Today I ponder the question: "Which popular cocktail packs the most punch?" by looking at 12 classic drinks, including favorites such as the Long Island Iced Tea, Bloody Mary, Manhattan and Old-Fashioned.

Check the link out below to find out what the verdict is!
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I have to admit, armchair pontificating about the future of the bar business is such a guilty pleasure of mine :)
 
The cocktail business is a business like any other, and it's no surprise that many of its constituents have their eyes set on increased revenues. But how will they achieve this and what will it mean for your favorite bar?
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Who likes ice spheres? I do, I do!
 
It's time for the #CocktailOfTheWeek, the LES Globetrotter! Found in @PDTNYC's book, this is like a citrusy Vieux Carre http://ow.ly/d7NtS
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Didn't know you were into mixology, sir.  You can get spherical ice molds from the MOMA store and online.  I've got 2 sets and they're brilliant.  http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10451&langId=-1&categoryId=11470&parent_category_rn=11470&productId=57253&keyWord=Spherical%20Ice%20Tray%20Set&purpose=crawl
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If I ever get around to writing that Gremlin's remake with Ryan Gosling, you can be sure he'll be drinking Dark 'n' Stormies with the requisite Gosling's black seal rum and ginger beer.

And yes, the movie will be called Goslings.
 
What's dark and stormy and soon to be in your glass? I bet it's the latest Cocktail of the Week! It's Gosling time. http://ow.ly/cYba7
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I wish I could split my brain into thirds....
 
I like bars. I like fiction. So is it any surprise I have a piece of short fiction that takes place in a bar? Here's "Sling".
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G+ has become a gateway drug that allows me to indulge in my writing addiction, specifically for pieces of the post-mod, sci-fi and comedic varieties. It also lets me placate my outer geek by toying with bizarre math problems like urinal game theory and alcohol economics. 

That's just how I roll.... yo?

For sanity's sake, I use hashtags for many of my posts to help you decide if the post is going to be your cup of tea along with a quasi-column system, where appropriate: 
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