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Happy Birthday, Douglas Fairbanks!

Douglas Fairbanks

May 23 1883


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Angostura Mixing Guide

Here are the cocktails in the letter “A” section:

Abbey Cocktail
Absinthe Cocktail
Absinthe Frappe
Adonis Cocktail
Airmail Cocktail
Akvavit & Bitters
Alabama Fizz
Aalaska Cocktail
Alexander Cocktail
Amer Picon Cocktail
American Beauty Cocktail
American Beauty Punch
Angel’s Kiss
Angler’s Cocktail
Anisette Cocktail
Anniversary Cocktail
Appetizer Cocktail
Applejack Rabbit
Apple Swizzle
Around-The-World Cocktail
Aviation Cocktail

You can read the full list below:

Read the full list of Angostura cocktails here

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The Long Harvest Cocktail

A clear drink with lots of complexity in its flavor:


  • Smoky scotch rinse
  • 3 oz London dry gin
  • .5 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 drops mushroom tincture
  • 2 drops balsamic vinegar
  • 2 drops olive oil
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cocktail onion
  • 1 green olive
  • 1 cornichon 


Chill a cocktail glass and then rinse with the scotch. Stir the gin and dry vermouth over ice and strain into the prepared cocktail glass.

For the mushroom tincture I used Shiitake tincture from Green Heron Growers.

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Thank You, Grape Discovery Center

The Lake Erie Grape Discovery Center posted this on their Facebook today:

I really had a lot of fun Saturday at this event!

And I was in good company:

Thank you to the organizers, to my fellow competitors/friends and to the audience members who came out to support us!

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Making My Mom Work The Bar

It’s late Sunday night and I’ve had an incredibly enjoyable and very long, draining weekend — but it was an amazing three days!

•Friday night was Jamestown’s annual holiday parade, which ends at the city hall plaza pretty much right next to the restaurant where I work!

•Saturday was the first-ever local cocktail competition hosted by the Lake Erie Grape Discovery Center.

•Today I helped put on a baby shower for my wife, with some of our co-workers and family in attendance. But I didn’t want any of my restaurant co-workers to have to work the thing… Which had me juggling a lot of the cleaning, hosting, serving and bar duties— so I put my mom to work and this is easily my favorite picture from the weekend:


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Can’t Wait For Morning

Had quite a few drinks tonight (and did a lot of swimming), but I’ll blog about those libations later.

Time for bed and then coffee in the morning:


And they serve wine!

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Building On The Prizefighter #1

The Prizefighter #1 is a cocktail that was created by Nick Jarrett.

I’ve written about the drink before, and you can read that post here.

Last night I was serving something to customers that was sort of like the Prizefighter #1, but different in that it had pineapple juice… So I figured I’d give the drink its own post today (and I don’t know if Nick Jarrett has already made this variation, so if someone knows… Leave me a comment).

Ingredients in the Prizefighter #1:
•1 oz. Fernet Branca
•1 oz. Carpano Antica
•3/4 oz. simple syrup
•1/4 oz. lemon juice
•6-8 mint leaves
•3-4 lemon wedges
•Pinch salt

Pineapple Prizefighter


And here’s how I made the above drink last night:

•1 oz bourbon
•1/2 oz. Fernet Branca
•1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
•1/2 oz. simple syrup
•1 oz pineapple juice
•1/2 oz. lemon juice
•6-8 mint leaves
•3-4 lemon wedges
•Pinch salt
•Sierra Mist


Now, whereas with the Prizefighter #1 you shake and double-strain and serve up or on the rocks, I was serving this pineapple drink in a Collins glass finished with Sierra Mist.

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