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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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Finally. A Reason to Fist Pump Simple Syrup.

07.26.10 by  

Finally. A Reason to Fist Pump Simple Syrup.

Cocktail sweeteners don’t tend to inspire high fives, chest bumps or other testosterone-fueled physical gestures. Until this recipe.The reason? It’s jacked with full-on spice. Translation: Home cocktailing takes a deep dive into new possibilities.

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Hand-crafted Grenadine: Hello, Rose’s? 2002 Called. You’re Expired.

07.21.10 by  

Hand-crafted Grenadine: Hello, Rose’s? 2002 Called. You’re Expired.

Add this sweet pomegranate syrup to your sideboard’s lineup of house-made ingredients and begin your cocktail experimentation. Add a touch to your signature drink recipe to off-road your after-5 office detox.

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Sip a Little Latin Heat

03.25.10 by  

Sip a Little Latin Heat

When snowbirds invade Miami in the spring, these are the cocktails that heat things up.

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Damian Windsor

03.17.10 by  

Damian Windsor

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Korean Han Vodka. It Loves You Back for a Solid Two Days.

02.24.10 by  

Korean Han Vodka. It Loves You Back for a Solid Two Days.

We thought Han translated to, “rich, floral and good enough to sip.” We found out it means: “Me love you long time.” It seared our synapses for days.

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Subterranean Lounge. A Hidden Bunker of Cool Right in Your Living Room

01.25.10 by  

Subterranean Lounge. A Hidden Bunker of Cool Right in Your Living Room

Chic up your Saturday night or ring in the New Year with “turn your party into a speakeasy” makeover tips from a barman who specializes in Prohibition-style, off-the-radar cool.

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Cocktail Rimmers Worth the Grind

01.17.10 by  

Cocktail Rimmers Worth the Grind

We’ve been bitten by the sea salt bug. Left to our own devices, we’ve crafted our favorite new margarita toppers, and dare we say, we’re rimming almost everything.

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