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Vintage Drinks and Where to Find Them

Photo Credit- istockphoto/bhofack2 For many bartenders, classic cocktails are the foundation of skill and knowledge, and for many happy drinkers out there, classic cocktails are some the best and favorite drinks to order and enjoy. Often times, sayings about a classic cocktail might go...

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Classic American Cocktails with an Asian Twist

Photo Credit - istockphoto/lilechka75 Do you want a craft cocktail, but you don’t want to experience the same old scene with a bartender decked out in skinny jeans and a mustache? Now more than ever before, you can take what was once limited to a dimly lit mixology bar to the comfort of your...

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When Life Gives you Limes, Make Margaritas

Photo Credit - istockphoto/karandaev As the 5th of May rapidly approaches, our taste buds gravitate towards a certain classic cocktail, the Margarita. Two years in a row this adult beverage has been named America’s favorite cocktail, and no other day of the year have we indulged more on this...

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Orchestrating The Perfect Cocktail Menu

Photo Credit - istock/Ezhukov No cocktail menu should be just a cocktail menu. Before customers have a cocktail menu in their hand, their eyes have been wandering and scanning the room, gathering their thoughts and judgments on your bar. Most likely, the menu is what a customer will spend the...

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Meet Me Beneath the Swizzle Stick Tree

Photo Credit - istock/andy__gin             Feeling disappointed by shaken or stirred drinks? The swizzle stick is the trending obscure bar tool that’s on the must-have list for all swizzle drink enthusiasts.  The Le Bois Lele, also known as the swizzle stick has been behind the creation of...

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Top o' the Mornin' to Ya- Irish Coffee's History

Photo Credit - istock/Ekaterina Molchanova As I sit freezing and watching the snow fall in Southern Louisiana, I find myself craving an Irish Coffee. After all, St. Patrick’s Day will be upon us before you know it. You must be careful when ordering one of these classic elixirs. There are...

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The Truth About "The Green Fairy"

Photo Credit - istock/279photo Mark today, March 5th, on your calendars as National Absinthe Day! Absinthe has quite a debauched reputation of spinning its imbibers into hallucinations, or total madness (yikes). Buckle up, it is our main goal to debunk these stereotypes throughout this post....

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Stocking a Sweet Home Bar

Photo Credit - istock/NikiLitov There are only a few things more enjoyable than having a properly stocked bar in the comfort of your own home. I’m not talking about having one go-to bottle stashed away in the back of your freezer, and a 6-pack of beer that you picked up on your way home from...

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Make your Cocktail Sparkle for Any Season!

Photo Credit - istock/bhofack2 Champagne and sparkling wine have long been used as an ingredient in cocktails all over the globe.  One of the most popular Champagne cocktails is the “French 75” which was originally created in 1915 at Harry's New York Bar in Paris.  The French 75 calls for 2...

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Tea as Old as Time

Photo Credit - istock/5PH Step aside crumpets and finger sandwiches, teatime is also the perfect time to enjoy a myriad of delicious and easy to make tea cocktails! A favorite around the world, tea is an ageless beverage that is also a finding its way into the hearts of cocktail...

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Mix in the History: The African American Bartender

Photo Credit - Weikerken Altema, Surpass Visuals LLC What is Black History Month? February is a month dedicated to recognizing key African American’s achievements and contributions to America’s culture and society throughout history. Formalized in 1976, Black History Month, also known as...

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Do You Yuzu?

Photo Credit - istock/Theerawan Bangpran Modern beverage consumers have presented beverage specialists and enthusiasts with this seemingly impossible goal – create a cocktail that’s simple, has a depth of flavor, is fast and easy to make, yet unique and delicious. However difficult creating...

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Libations that'll Make Your Mouth Water (Literally)

Photo Credit - istock/maximfesenko Merriam-Webster defines an aperitif as: “an alcoholic drink taken before a meal as an appetizer”. “aperitif.” Merriam-Webster.com. 2017. Web. 29 September 2017. At first glance this definition seems considerably loose, referring to one’s choice of ‘when’...

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Ordering at a Bar: Where Everyone Wins

Photo Credit - iStock/santypan Have you ever been sitting quietly at the bar minding your own, (Maybe you’re out with friend, maybe you were just thirsty.) when someone comes up next to you and starts waving their hand in the air desperately trying to get the bartenders attention? Everyone at...

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Happy National Eggnog Month

Photo Credit - iStock/Mizina December is National Eggnog Month! An entire month to celebrate the delightfully spiced and spiked, egg and milk concoction. The lineage of this unique cocktail is debated, but most cocktail historians agree that it is derived from a 13th century elixir called...

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Crafting Delicious Cocktails at Home

Photo Credit - iStock/MaximFesenko Ever been to a bar and had the “Most Amazing Cocktail EH-VER”? Often, certain bars put out the most delicious drinks, with seeming effortlessness. So, what do you do to try and replicate this experience at home? Perhaps you take a picture of the menu, make...

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Raise A Glass to Repeal Day

Photo Credit - iStock/MaximFesenko December 5th marks the anniversary of Repeal Day. The thirteen years of Prohibition were a dark time for the United States, as the criminalization of alcohol led not only to a rise in civil delinquency and organized crime, but also to the loss of customs...

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The American Pie of Spirits

Photo Credit - iStock/bhofack2 Bourbon is a super-hot spirit right now. How should you celebrate all the wonderful things about this uniquely American spirit? Maybe you could take a drive along The Kentucky Bourbon Trail and explore the distilleries and the history. You could always plan...

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Holiday Cocktail Survival Kit

Photo Credit - iStock/AlexRaths Many have seen Planes, Trains, and Automobiles- A movie that still makes me laugh the egg nog out of my nose, and question the sanity of my family. The holidays are a time to eat home cooked meals, bring family and friends together, and most importantly, share a...

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A Classic That Really Packs a Punch

Photo Credit - iStock/bhofack2 For many of us, punch has been a large part of our party beverage options since we were children. A mere mention of the word probably conjures memories of super-sweet concoctions full of an assortment of fruit juices with 7up and sherbet. But, punch has a long...

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History of the Frozen Cocktail

Photo Credit - iStock/dias46 Are we in the renaissance of the frozen cocktail? An “golden ice age” of cocktails - redesigned, fresher, tastier, and colder than before? The trends of the past few summers would say yes. Now before you get a sugar rush thinking about it, these aren’t your...

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Isn't it ironic? The Beer Cocktail

Photo Credit - iStock/Milkos I remember a specific moment about 5 years ago that I ordered a “have to try, can’t imagine how it will work out” cocktail at a nearby highly reputable restaurant.  I couldn’t stand it, I couldn’t believe someone put it on a menu, and I thought “this is the worst...

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Modern Cocktail Applications for Gorgeous Looking Drinks!

Photo Credit - iStock/MaximFesenko Looking to wow your party guests with a truly unique looking cocktail this Halloween? Use these two new mixology applications to create this awesome looking Asian Fizz long drink created by Florida mixologist David Ortiz. Aqua Faba: Bring on the...

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The Grand Tasting Event - Miami

Photo Credit - iStock/marchello74 Don’t miss out on the fifth annual Craft Spirits Fest’s Grand Tasting event. This Friday October 13th, the largest spirits and cocktail festival in Miami concludes with an evening full of cocktails, local restaurant hors d'oeuvres, and live music. The...

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When All Else Fails: The New York Sour

Photo Credit - iStock/alpaksoy The look on someone’s face when a bartender starts to pour wine on top of a cocktail is priceless.  While Sangrias, Sangarees, Spritzers, and Punches are always a popular favorite, the thought of taking a wine bottle and literally pouring a layer of wine over a...

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Graduating from Trash Can Punch

Photo Credit - iStock/a_namenko The punch itself is almost a lost art. Sure, you could say that frat houses are keeping the punch alive in trash cans across America, and while that certainly gets the job done, it’s lacking a bit in the elegance department. The punch deserves so much more. Some...

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Just Make the Drink

Photo Credit - Rebecca Wright Last week, I was talking to a bartender who was telling me that you should never order a mojito in his bar and I felt compelled to defend both the mojito and the desire to drink one. Here is what I said: I will make you a mojito. No, really. You want one? I...

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To Fee or Not to Fee? (Are glycerin-based bitters inferior to ethanol-based bitters?)

Photo Credit - iStock/jacoblund Bitters are a fundamental cocktail component with origins rooted in medicinal tinctures. There is a seemingly infinite variety of bitters being produced commercially with new brands and flavors hitting the market daily; the vast majority of them are made with a...

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Best Long Drink - 2017 WSWA Iron Mixologist Competition

Photo Credits - Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Republic National Distributing Company's Florida Mixologist, David Ortiz, was awarded Best Long Drink at the 2017 Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Iron Mixologist Competition. The WSWA Iron Mixologist Competition took place...

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Ocean City Cocktail Conference

Ocean City- A well-known resort town in Maryland that showcases miles of beaches, restaurants, bars, and people both young and old looking for a good time. While many locals and tourists look for theme park attractions, Republic National Distributing Company and Pernod Ricard brought a different...

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The Art of the Cocktail Competition

Photo Credit - iStock/MaximFesenko In today’s competitive hospitality industry, one of the most important aspects for success it to engage and build relationships with industry professionals such as bartenders.  The Cocktail Competition has emerged as a key type of event that is used to forge...

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Cocktail - The Finn MacCool

Photo Credit - Rebecca Wright This is one of the first really crafty drinks that I designed when I ran a bar. It’s a fun twist on an Old Fashioned. Four easy ingredients that all combine to deliver a velvety smooth and orange heavy experience. The name comes from an old Irish legend. Think...

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Underused & Abused - Grenadine

Photo Credit: iStock/bhofack2 Notable Cocktails - Jack Rose, Ward 8, Clover Club, Monkey Gland, Tequila Sunrise The story of grenadine is a sad one. How did it go from a proud ingredient in some of the best classic cocktails, to a bright red doom on grocery store shelves? What is the flavor...

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