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Easter Sorbet Punch

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson.  A 12 Bottle Bar original. 

Gin-Pineapple-Mint Sorbet (recipe below)

Add a scoop (or, if you’re feeling fancy, a quenelle) of sorbet to a chilled coupe.
Fill glass with champagne.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.

For the kids:  Leave the gin out of the sorbet and fill with ginger ale or 7UP.

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James Joyce Cocktail

1.5 oz Redbreast Whiskey
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
0.75 oz Orange Liqueur
0.50 oz Lime Juice

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain in to a coupe

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Product Review: ReJigger


Would you launch an ICBM horizontally?
Sure. Why would you want to?

- The Hunt for Red October


The Hawthorne style strainer has remained virtually unchanged since its invention nearly 125 years ago.  Today, a cheap model — one which functions admirably well — will set you back little more than $4.  Add to that a standard jigger set for $8.50 and a Boston shaker tin for another $5.50, and for $18 you have all of the tools the ReJigger is trying to replace.  It costs $15, which, in short means that it solves $3.00 worth of problems.   But, when I look at the tools the ReJigger is trying to replace — of which , the Hawthorne is certainly the youngest — I don’t see a problem.  I see extremely inexpensive, functional and durable devices which have stood the test of time. Read More…

Tinseltown Toasts: The Cocoanut Grove

drinks_cocoanutgroveIt’s time again for the Academy Awards, and this year, Fox’s Studio 11 in Los Angeles has asked us to present two drinks (or three, if the band doesn’t prematurely play us off) perfect for Oscar night.  We take our inspiration this year from the Golden Age of Hollywood and the nightclubs which kept all of your favorite star well lubricated, particularly during Prohibition.

All three drinks we’ve whipped up are modernizations of house-favorites as captured a “Temperance” Town era tome, “Hollywood Cocktails”.  This one comes from the Cocoanut Grove, located in the now-gone Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Blvd.  Not only was the Cocoanut Grove a favorite hangout for the stars, it hosted six Academy Awards ceremonies from 1930 to 1943.

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