Maraschino Cherries It’s cherry season in Italy, and I’ve been not so patiently waiting to make another batch of Maraschino cherries. Last year’s batch was stupendous, addictive, a reason to drink another Manhattan. I’m not talking about those unnatural red things that are sold as “Maraschino” cherries. They gave Maraschino a bad name and should be banned! Or at least called something different like “Radioactive Shirley Temple Cherries.”

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Sunday nights are more decadent than Friday nights. Friday nights are all about potential, all about making plans or executing plans, but by the time you get to Sunday night, it’s the last bit of indulgence before the grind of the work week kicks in. One deliciously made cocktail on a Sunday night is a…

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Or “Grenadine Daiquiri”   A post holiday twist on that unjustly maligned and bastardized classic cocktail, The Daiquiri.   2.0 dark rum 1.0 fresh grenadine syrup 1.0 fresh lime juice .5 Maraschino liquor   Shake hard with a lot of ice. Rest a moment. Warm up your fingers. Shake hard again.   A handy recipe…

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I've traded in my garden clippers and my canning pot for some heels and a cocktail! Although a Manhattan may have been more appropriate, we decided to celebrate our re-entry into city life with a Champs Elysee. 1.5 oz Cognac .5 oz green Chartreuse .25 oz lemon juice 1/8 oz simple syrup & 2 dashes…

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I’ve said it before, but its wonderful to have a cocktail guru who comes through from time to time with needed bits of wisdom. That would be my friend Mitch who recently mentioned how good a 1920 cocktail is. The “1920” is a hook up between a Manhattan and a Sazerac and the recipe goes…

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The days are starting to blur together as the hectic summer life of Montone begins in earnest. First, we sadly said good-bye to the last of the SADMO’s and the orto looks fantastic after all of John and Libby’s work and now its up to us to tend the garden and make us all proud…

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What do you do when life hands you lemons instead of limes and its cocktail time? The first thing I do is to consult with my cocktail guru Mitch.  We were chatting the other day and he suggested we try a Final Word.  It’s like a Last Word, only made with rye and it still…

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It’s a cocktail, not a final pronouncement. John Deragon, mixologist extraordinaire, at PDT introduced me to this cocktail, and it’s ethereal, you can’t quite put your finger on its complex flavors, its like gazing at a young girl who has knowing eyes. Simple enough recipe: equal parts gin, Green Chartreuse, Luxardo Maraschino and fresh lime…

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Facebook is full of these wacky quizzes: what painter are you, what nationality are you, where should you live? Here’s my quiz: what cocktail are you? Do you:a)    never drink b)    refer to scotch in the past tensec)    refer to cocktails as mixed drinksd)    quote David Windrich at the drop of a bar spoone)    devote…

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Repeal, not repent! Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. We're going out to a proper cocktail lounge to celebrate. But after reading NY Barfly's post, now I'm thinking I need to dress in a period costume. Then again I haven't bought anything new in so long I'm always dressed in a…

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