Monthly Archives: November 2011

Local Watering Holes – Part 1

A friend told me recently of a new bar in downtown Raleigh, and when you see the menu you’ll understand why I had to check it out…

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Cocktail Goggles

Glasses.  I have wasted more money on over-priced, under-performing, and just plain unnecessary glasses than I have on bad liquor.  And I’m sure I’m not alone (although the scale might be a little different in my case). Cocktail books and bar guides are … Continue reading

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Oeno Files 1 — Sweet, Sweet Vermouth

A surprising number of drink mixers are some form of wine.  So today we’ll launch a series that’ll periodically visit this family and dissect one of its members for the purpose of better drinking.  Let’s start with sweet vermouth.

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Mooses and Gooses Jooses

Before we go too much farther, we need to address a critical topic: juice.  A good home bar must have fresh squeezed juice.  I don’t care how much you spend on highly advertised super-premium liquors and $25 cocktail glasses, if you’re … Continue reading

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Fancy Ass Tonic Water

I came across Fentiman’s Tonic Water recently.  I had tried a few boutique tonics before and hadn’t seen a lot of difference between them and the standby Schweppes.  But given that I still had most of my 16 varieties of gin … Continue reading

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