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Why You Should be Barrel Aging at Home

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Barrel aging at home is fairly simple, not ridiculously expensive and seriously worth doing.  The in’s and out’s of getting started are covered in our Barrel Aged Cocktails page.   While simply barrel aging cocktails is reason enough to get started, the real magic occurs when you age something in a…

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MxMo Manhattan

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We have two offerings for this Month’s Mixology Monday, “I’ll take Manhattan!”  This one, from our fearless MxMo leader, Frederic of the CocktailVirgin blog, challenges us to revisit the classic cocktail. Our first submission is the Manhattan 2.0 – a “Modern” version of the Manhattan with the added nuance of…

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Manhattan 2.0

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For the the bourbon in this cocktail, we tried Basil Hayden and Belle Mead.  Both were excellent.  The bourbon brings flavors of maple, tobacco, smoke and vanilla.  This blends well with the rich, earthy Carpano Antica’s tastes of herbs, spice and slight bitterness.  Tasting this without knowing the ingredients, one…

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Belle Meade Bourbon

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We had a magnificent time at the Cured – Belle Meade Bourbon Paired Dinner this past week in San Antonio.   A meal at Cured Charcuterie is always a treat and this 5 course pairing was no exception. Visiting with Andy Nelson of Green Briar Distillery and hearing about the resurrection…

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In Search of the Perfectly Balanced Manhattan

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This came out of my recent exploration of the venerable Manhattan.  A few weeks ago, we attended a dinner where the chef paired each course with a specific libation.  He included an excellent  Manhattan with a small batch bourbon and an Italian Vermouth.  Inspired by this, I have determinedly pursued…

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Tequila Manhattan

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Definitely not a chocolate martini, this is a southwestern makeover of the Manhattan. 2 oz. Milagro Añejo Tequila 1 oz. Lillet Rouge bar spoon (1/8 oz.) of agave nectar dash chocolate bitters Orange zest Chill a cocktail glass with ice and water Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and…

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Gary’s Redo Classic Manhattan

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While I was playing with Lillet, I thought I’d try it in a Manhattan.  Well, here it is: 2 ozs. Good aged bourbon such as Basil Hayden 1 oz. Lillet Rouge 1 dash Regans Orange Bitters 1 Dash Fees Brothers’ Aromatic Bitters Chill a cocktail glass with ice and water…

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