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Gin Basil Smash from Experimental Cocktail Club

Sometimes a great cocktail is made so easily you cannot quite believe it. From the great cocktail book Experimental Cocktail Club, here’s a delight from Joerg Meyer of Hamburg. It’s devastatingly easy: just basil, gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and ice. But, oh my, the possibilities. Not all basil is the same, so you can…

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Hot Mango Muddle Cocktail

We were just in the market and I told my wife, “I need a fresh peach.” My wife is pleasant and understanding but can at times be overwhelmed by my requests, my senseless requests. “Brian, it is January. There are no fresh peaches.” “Okay, a nectarine,” I accepted fate. She signed and pushed the care…

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Perfecting the Gin and Tonic: The Botanicals of Citadelle Gin

Once upon a time, my wife went to a gin tasting where multiple brands were offered for comparison and enjoyment. She returned an advocate of Tanqueray and over the years many, many rounds of G&T cocktails have been enjoyed. A G&T is inherently refreshing and, very importantly, it’s a quick cocktail to make. The “big”…

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The Pegu Club Cocktail

Pegu is the name of a river in Burma. When Burma was Burma, not Myanmar, and the British reigned as dominant colonists, they drank what else? Gin. They had a gentlemen’s club, the Pegu Club, just outside Rangoon with a lively, creative bar. You can imagine it: men in white suits, somehow not sweating, under…

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