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I am not against simply sipping on an amaro or five, as they are usually so full of flavour that they don’t need much. I also enjoy them with a little carbonated water. But my amaro-focused worldview sometimes makes me forget that these sweet and herbal little numbers go great in full-fledged cocktails, particularly those made with darker spirits.

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If my trip to Denmark taught me anything about alcohol, it’s that I’m not drinking enough gin & tonics. If it taught me a second thing, it’s that I’m definitely not drinking enough aquavit. And if it (somehow) managed to teach me yet another thing, it would be that I should have been combining these two drinks quite some time ago.

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“Something and Coke” barely qualify as cocktails. But you can’t deny that they are delicious, particularly when you pair cola with a complex, herbaceous liqueur such as my good friend Cynar.

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Though I’ve always claimed to hate the heat and love the cold, living somewhere with a barely-real winter and only the tiniest bit of snow has taught me that I just don’t like environmental extremes of any kind.

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Though I love introducing you all to new and exciting bottles, my bar cart is rapidly filling up, so I’ve been trying to find new and exciting ways to use up the alcohol I already have. My process for doing so is pretty advanced: I google random combinations of the ethanol I own until I find something that sounds good.

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Last weekend, Sunday lived up to its name, and I was able to enjoy a few cocktails in a sunny cocktail bar in southeast Portland. I started with a coconut gin negroni and, while sipping on that, a sassy little number with Squirt (one of my favourite sodas as a youth) caught my eye.

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The humble, bog-dwelling cranberry may be the most underutilised seasonal ingredient of all time. I mean no disrespect to cranberry sauce when I say this, but there's so much more you can do with these tart little nuggets than cook them in sugar water until they collapse.

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News is usually bad, but today, the news is good. The news is so good, in fact, that I feel like drinking about it, and I would like to invite you all to join me. To celebrate this good feeling coursing through my body due to the good news, I’m mixing up a strong but luxurious whiskey-based cocktail which I am calling—unsurprisingly—“The Good News.”

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The grocery store is an inspiring place, particularly the produce aisle. No matter what I have on my list, I make sure to take a few minutes to leisurely browse the fruits, vegetables and fungi, just to see if anyone pops out to say “hello”.

This week, I stumbled upon a large, sunny, yellow boi, simply named “cocktail citrus”. My mission was clear.

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Your snobby cocktail friend may fly into a tizzy (or worse, a lecture) at the utterance of “shaken, not stirred” but, though their feelings on shaken martinis are valid, shaking a cocktail can be good, actually.

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I love limoncello, but it is — without a doubt — a capital-L liqueur. There’s nothing wrong with the candy-like sipper, but it’s not exactly refreshing. Oddly enough, the key to fresh-from-the-garden citrus-flavored booze can be found not in the lemon, but in a mostly fleshless, uncanny-valley-dwelling citron.

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Jam is a constant on most breakfast tables, but one usually finds it on toast, not in cocktails. Beyond boosting your bread and butter, really good fruit preserves can sweeten and mellow almost any cocktail, giving it a friendly, welcoming vibe that’s perfect for AM imbibing.

Shared from Gizmodo

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There’s at least one healthy New Year’s resolution that you may actually maintain through the year, suggests a new study: cutting down on your drinking. The study found that UK residents who tried to abstain from alcohol for the month of January in 2018 - as part of a public health campaign called “Dry January” - continued to drink less eight months later.

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Congratulations to everyone who made it to the end of 2018, I dare say you deserve a drink (or seven). If you'res till looking for a way to toast the beginning of 2019, gaze upon the many good three-ingredient cocktails we made and enjoyed last year. There are a lot to choose from.

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Call me basic if you must, but I love New Year’s eve. Whether you’re dancing yourself clean or just hanging at a house party, getting dressed up in shiny, sparkly garments and drinking shiny, sparkly drinks is fun, damn it. Not only is the Kir Péttilant as fancy and festive as they come, it’s extremely easy to make, and it looks stunning in photos.