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01.16.11 by  

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The Violet Hour Mantra: Fill it to the Rim with Pimm’s

01.07.11 by  

The Violet Hour Mantra: Fill it to the Rim with Pimm’s

When a mix-master of cool champions a cocktail — even one with a seemingly suspect hip factor — we listen. Toby Maloney, the genius tending Chicago’s most stylish mixology den, tells us why he’s single-handedly spurring the rebirth of Pimm’s, one cup at a time. Count us in.

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Marrakesh Xanadu: Oxymoron or the Best Martini You Ever Laid Your Lips On?

01.05.11 by  

Marrakesh Xanadu: Oxymoron or the Best Martini You Ever Laid Your Lips On?

We took inspiration from this royally dry city to create a cocktail so refreshing, it’s worth risking eternal damnation.

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Improv Cocktailing. Unrehearsed. Unscripted. Unheard of New Conconctions.

10.13.10 by  

Improv Cocktailing. Unrehearsed. Unscripted. Unheard of New Conconctions.

Down-and-dirty, off-the-cuff creation is the mother of mixology invention. Burn your drink guide here lies the guts and glory.

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Edible Bling is the New Tiffany

08.25.10 by  

Edible Bling is the New Tiffany

Send summer out in a blaze of glory with 14k-ish edible accoutrements. They’re perfect for dusting your drinks, desserts and unsuspecting guests with a little glam. Sizzle.

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Happy Hour Dilemma: Stick with Tradition or Make it Modern?

08.20.10 by  

Happy Hour Dilemma: Stick with Tradition or Make it Modern?

We endorse maintaining the right to choose, especially when it comes to Japanese-style cocktailing. And this inside scoop by Yuri Kato seconds that.

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Pickled Berries Separate Men from Boys

07.15.10 by  

Pickled Berries Separate Men from Boys

Fruit pickles aren’t new (ask the entire Asian continent if you need another opinion), but our unabashed, unbridled obsession with them is. Yes, you can serve pickles or fruit, but the cats bringing the big guns put everything in one sweet-sour bite. Meow.

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Drop that Shao Zi! Add These High-Kick Flavor Punches Before You Slurp.

05.17.10 by  

Drop that Shao Zi! Add These High-Kick Flavor Punches Before You Slurp.

Give homemade Asian soups ultimate authenticity (and that street-cart party-in-your-mouth intensity) with 9 simple toppings.

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The Caesar. One Bloody Good Science Project.

04.10.10 by  

The Caesar. One Bloody Good Science Project.

We were sad to see Canada’s most prolific national pastime — the Bloody Caesar — left off the Olympic Games roster. Pay homage by nursing your next hangover to perhaps the most under-appreciated winter sport: Sunday morning cocktailing.

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Primp Your Glass with Garnish

04.10.10 by  

Primp Your Glass with Garnish

Elevate the pomp and circumstance of your cocktail experience with tricked-out, edible accoutrements. If you still feel compelled to drop a red dye #37-infused maraschino into your drink, drop us a line and we’ll be happy to host an intervention.

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