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The New Cocktail Boutique

A new breed of cocktail shop supplies pro and amateur mixologists with locally made spirits, vintage bar tools and other must-haves.

Photo © Antonis Achilleos

For the Bar Shelf

From new cocktail-necessities shop The Boston Shaker

Dr. Cocktail Book

Now spiral-bound: Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted Haigh, a.k.a. Dr. Cocktail ($20).

Tangy Mixers

Fruit vinegars called shrubs from Tait Farm Foods add a sweet-tart kick to all kinds of drinks ($9 for 13 oz).

Greg Boehm

Photo © Antonis Achilleos

Spirited Site

Greg Boehm stocks his website,, with a well-curated collection of reprinted vintage cocktail books, hard-to-find bitters and global barware like Parisian shakers and 20-inch-long gold barspoon-fork hybrids from Japan ($53).

Pastel-colored highballs.

Photo © Antonis Achilleos

Bartender's Toolbox

For his idiosyncratic Los Angeles shop, Bar Keeper, owner Joe Keeper scours Ohio vintage shops for bar tools and glassware like pastel-colored highballs. Soon, Bar Keeper will carry spirits to fill those funky glasses.

Drinks Over Dearborn, Chicago

Photo © Justin Runquist

Mixology School

At Chicago's Drinks Over Dearborn, longtime bartender Kyle McHugh carries everything from unusual beers to local liqueurs like the hibiscus-flavored Hum by mixologist Adam Seger. McHugh also teaches students in his on-site classroom.

Cask Shop

Photo © Justin Lew

Whiskey Pedalers

The owners of the Cask shop in San Francisco also run a few of the city's best bars, like Bourbon & Branch. Cask's huge selection includes over 300 whiskeys, among them ryes and bourbons bottled just for the store, delivered across the city by tricycle.

cocktail guide

Plus: F&W's Ultimate Cocktail Guide

Published February 2010
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