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A Perfect Custom Manahattan at The Republic Smokehouse and Saloon

There have been many times where I have been able to form an opinion of a Manhattan before I have taken the first sip, usually when I do this it doesn’t bode well for the drink. Often times this happens when my drink looks like a cloudy sandstorm spinning in my glass.  However, in this case, I was able to form an immediate strong positive point of view for three reasons:  1)The color of the vermouth was a warmer deeper color than usual and, 2) It was clear of any particulate air bubbles – clear amber heaven, and 3) there was a proper, not emergency beacon red, dark maraschino cherry at the bottom.  I knew then that the bartender Collin, at The Republic Smokehouse and Saloon, was the real deal. I called him over before my first taste and asked about the brand of Vermouth and if it was a brandied cherry. The vermouth was Carpano Antica Formula, and the cherry was not brandied, – it was just a deep black maraschino cherry.  Both made a big difference. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Happy Hour

 

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Blenheim and Bourbon at Hudlow’s Tiki Lounge

Every now and then I relax at my own place, sit at my tiki bar and have a drink.  Rather than my normal Manhattan I decided to mix up a spicy Blenheim Ginger Ale and bourbon.  I was first introduced to this drink at a great bar in Manhattan called Great Jones Cafe.   It is made with Blenheim Ginger Ale from South Carolina. This soda will knock you back on your feet and takes no prisoners. It is freakin’ fantastic. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2015 in Happy Hour

 

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