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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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Ira Koplowitz

11.01.10 by  

Ira Koplowitz

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Makeover Your Sideboard

08.22.10 by  

Makeover Your Sideboard

Your toasting fork can’t wait to get its tines on these off-radar cocktail glasses. They’re the perfect excuse for an impromptu party.

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Cognac Cocktails: It Pays To Play.

07.21.10 by  

Cognac Cocktails: It Pays To Play.

Chicago’s Todd Appel shares how to fool around with cognac in place of other spirits in cocktail recipes. The payoff: a new twist on your entire repertoire of recipes.

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Armagnac XO Cocktail

07.20.10 by  

Armagnac XO Cocktail

Rules be damned in this unusual play on an old fashioned. It’s spirits expert May Matta-Aliah’s pick when she hits the Raines Law Room in New York. If she’s not saving brandies for sipping, neither are we. Cocktail recipe included.

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Small-Batch Coconut Water Cocktails. Cue the Sunset.

05.19.10 by  

Small-Batch Coconut Water Cocktails. Cue the Sunset.

More is more. Even more is even better. The exception? Handcrafted drinks using coconut water. Start with your favorite boutique spirits, a tall glass of island H20 and let the mixology begin. Our lab notes are below to inspire your own new recipes.

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Sex-ify Store-Bought Roasted Chicken

03.08.10 by  

Sex-ify Store-Bought Roasted Chicken

Hot: rotisserie chicken you didn’t have to cook. Not: serving it straight from the deli-counter plastic packaging. This glam Peruvian spin streamlines kitchen duty and makes it look like you’ve done some hard stove time.

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The Beach-Ready Rum Old Fashioned

02.04.10 by  

The Beach-Ready Rum Old Fashioned

I’ve been a fan of traditional Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned cocktails for a long time, until the day I polished the whiskey bottle and needed to pour a friend a cocktail on the fly. I spotted my bottle of Flor de Caña White Rum and thought “what the heck” — so I went for it.

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Resolutions on the Rocks 7: Napa Valley

01.18.10 by  

Resolutions on the Rocks 7: Napa Valley

Part 7 of our New Year cocktail series: Charbay mixologist and distiller Marko Karakasevic shares his secret recipe for making your 2010 goals seem completely achievable. No ambition or plan required.

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Resolutions on the Rocks 3: Vancouver

01.14.10 by  

Resolutions on the Rocks 3: Vancouver

Part 3 of our New Year cocktail series: Voya mixologist Simon Ogden kicks his 2010 goals into gear Canadian-style with his modern take on the Old Fashioned, a recipe we think is the hottest thing going in Vancouver right now.

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