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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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Get Smashed Sean Kenyon-Style

11.23.10 by  

Get Smashed Sean Kenyon-Style

Nothing excessive about it: Pack a mixing glass full of fresh fruit, spirits, herbs and muddle, and you’ll get the ever-stylish smash cocktail. It’s an experience you want to remember in the morning.

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5 Thanksgiving-Spiced Cocktails

11.14.10 by  

5 Thanksgiving-Spiced Cocktails

We hit up our favorite bar blogs to find out what to sip over the holidays. Here’s what the Cyber-slingers are crafting to create the perfect brain fog for family time.

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Frozen Cocktails, So Cool

11.04.10 by  

Frozen Cocktails, So Cool

Painkiller’s blended drinks are just about the most chill thing to hit the scene since Vanilla Ice.

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Global Bar Snacks

10.27.10 by  

Global Bar Snacks

Give your cocktail party menu that around-the-world flavor by following Origin Chef Claudio Aprile’s tips for creating unique small plates, plus his recommendation for a signature food flight.

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Je Ne Sais Quoi Cocktails

09.30.10 by  

Je Ne Sais Quoi Cocktails

Give your Happy Hour an indescribable air of chic-ness with French twists from Boutique Bar. Their secrets: exceedingly fashionable presentation, couture ingredients and a touch of seduction for all of your senses.

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Warning: Alcohol Consumption Improves Judgment

09.24.10 by  

Warning: Alcohol Consumption Improves Judgment

The next time you’re in Washington DC, skip the White House tour and hit up the Gibson for the Jonathan Harris cocktail experience. There’s a whole lot more going on than meets the glass. Think history meets art meets science, set to Jimi Hendrix.

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Vietnamese Ginger-Lemonade Fizz

07.27.10 by  

Vietnamese Ginger-Lemonade Fizz

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I love Vietnamese food. If there is good Viet food to be enjoyed, I’ll travel long distances for it. Summer rolls, a spicy combination of rice noodles, steamed shrimp and lettuce wrapped in rice paper is a fine way to start a meal on a hot, steamy day. One of my favorite drinks to

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Cracker Jack Snap Cocktail

07.13.10 by  

Cracker Jack Snap Cocktail

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Akin to the gingersnap cookies of children’s storybook lore, the new USDA Certified Snap liquor is anything but child-like. Weighing in at a hefty 80 proof, Snap is more Big Bad Wolf than the Three Little Pigs. It’s not like those sickly sweet liquors — in fact, it defies the concept — nor is

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