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Real Tinctures

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Cure

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Alcohol-based extracts and solutions used as curatives in holistic medicine, tinctures have been popping up on bar menus as a way to add unique flavors to cocktails—like bitters but focused on one ingredient as opposed to an herbal blend.

Cure bartender James Ives explains tinctures, plus where to go to try them >

 

 

 

 

 

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Mixologist Sam Ross on Attaboy, the Future of Cocktails and Pot Still Rum

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Sam Ross

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One of New York's storied modern speakeasies, Milk & Honey, is relocating from its Lower East Side location, but the original space hasn’t seen its last cocktail. After seven years at Sasha Petraske's low-key, referral-only legend, bartender Sam Ross hopes to open Attaboy there by the end of the summer with fellow alum Michael McIlroy. Even sooner on the horizon, Ross will launch an iPhone app next month called Bartender’s Choice, which lets users search recipes by primary spirit and preferred flavor profile. Here, Ross talks to F&W about his new bar, trends and the future of the industry. Plus, a recipe for Ross's new favorite drink...

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Fergie's Voli Light Vodka, and Diet Secrets

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Fergie poses with her new vodka, Voli Light.

© Russell James for Voli Light Vodkas.

After eight nonstop years of touring with the Black Eyed Peas, musician Fergie’s taking an indefinite break to focus on other projects, like her new low-calorie vodka, Voli, which comes in six flavors: Original Lyte, lemon, orange vanilla, pear vanilla, raspberry cocoa and espresso vanilla.
 
“I think a lot of people with healthy lifestyles like me, who love to work out, work hard, socialize and have a drink at the end of the day, have been craving something like Voli,” says Fergie. “I put the cocoa fusion or orange vanilla over ice, and it’s perfect. There are no extra sugars, and it’s a drink that doesn’t need any mixers.”
 
Although she works out almost every day and uses a meal delivery service to stay in shape, she does break her healthy habits for certain restaurants. Here's How Fergie Cheats on Her Diet.

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Cocktails with House-Distilled Spirits

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Mile High Spirits

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As interest in locally made spirits grows, a handful of small craft distilleries are now serving their own cocktails. In Denver, Mile High Spirits serves only liquors made on premises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Whole Egg Cocktails

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Eastern Standard

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A little known fact is that, like rhubarb and ramps, farm fresh eggs are also in season during spring, when they’re a staple of the Easter table. Besides hard-boiled pastel eggs and quiche on the buffet, flips—drinks made with whole eggs—can make fantastic holiday cocktails.

 

 

 

 

 

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Bitter Sparklers

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Often brushed off as sweet and simple, sparkling cocktails can have great complexity, and many bars are choosing to carbonate their own innovative drinks in-house.

Amor Y Amargo serves their carbonated Americano on tap >

 

 

 

 

 

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'Mad Men' Cocktails

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An old-fashioned is Don Draper's drink of choice on AMC's Mad Men.

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An Old-Fashioned is Don Draper’s drink of choice on AMC's Mad Men. Here, classic cocktails for the premiere of the fifth season of Mad Men this Sunday >

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rhubarb Cocktails for Spring

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Rhubarb Fizz

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Often baked into pies to balance the sweetness of fruits like strawberries, tart rhubarb—landing in markets now—is a versatile ingredient for early spring cocktails. The vegetable can be made into jam, infused with bitters or squeezed fresh for a diverse mix of seasonal drinks. Thirsty for a Rhubarb Cooler?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cocktail Guide Sneak Peek

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The latest edition of F&W Cocktails focuses on classic drinks and mixologists’ updates. Here, the Sidecar as interpreted by Jonny Raglin of San Francisco’s Comstock Saloon >

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Guinness Cocktails

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Jasper's Corner Tap

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Guinness is more than just a tasty stout you drink on St. Patrick's Day. The complex, malty bitterness makes it a fantastic mixer in a range of cocktails (and even frozen drinks) being served now from Boston to Virginia. Ever heard of a Black Velvet?

 

 

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