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Archive for Clara Hogan

The Dos and Don’ts of Making an Old Fashioned

By The Old Fashioned is arguably the grandfather of all cocktails. Simple yet complex, subtle yet bold, it’s easy to see why the three-ingredient classic, believed to date back to the early years of the Republic, remains so revered. Ordering an Old Fashioned at a bar will earn you an approving nod, but it’s also the […]

7 Signs Your Bartender Really Knows What They’re Doing

By A bartender’s job is a balancing act. It requires juggling an assortment of drink orders and patron personalities, all while remaining calm, friendly and focused. It’s not a job for the easily frazzled. Unfortunately, though, everyone has had that other kind of bartender—the one you have to strain to flag down for a cocktail, and […]

5 Simple Tips to Cut Calories in Your Cocktails

By Not all cocktails are created equal. Take the Margarita. A mega-size, fruity version of this classic beverage can run upwards of 800 calories at a chain restaurant. But you can easily keep it under 200 if it’s made fresh at home. It’s easy to forget about all the sugary syrups, sodas and juices that can […]

The Proper Way to Store Your Liquor

By Everyone has it—that one bottle of alcohol sitting in the back of the freezer or tucked away in a cabinet somewhere, so old you can’t even remember when you bought it. It sits largely unused, aside from the rare occasion you find yourself pulling it out from its hiding place and wondering, Can this really […]

The Dos and Don’ts of Making a Manhattan

By All hail the almighty Manhattan. As iconic as it is potent, the whiskey cocktail, which is believed to have first been mixed in New York City in the late 1800s, has stood the test of time. If you’re looking to master a classic that will impress your friends as well as get them a nice buzz, the […]

8 of the Most Unhealthy Cocktails to Avoid

By The holiday season is upon us, and that inevitably means two months straight of indulging—in that slice of pie, those Thanksgiving mashed potatoes and of course, festive cocktails at endless holiday parties. It’s not always easy to make healthy choices this time of year, and when it comes to libations, it can be even more […]