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Sidecar

The Sidecar is a cocktail that was created towards the end of the First World War. As with many cocktails, there are competing origin stories; one claiming that it was invented in Paris and another […]

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Napa Smith Brewery

Napa Smith Brewery is in a unit of a small industrial park on the junction of Highway 29 and Highway 12. Neither this location, nor the warehouse building invoke thoughts of an English pub. The […]

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Champagne Cocktail

We recently wrote about our visit to Napa Valley Bistro and the Champagne Cocktail that I enjoyed. I have tried to re-create this drink at home. There were two significant deviations from the standard recipe […]

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Dark ‘n Stormy

The Dark ‘n Stormy is a highball cocktail that consists of rum and ginger beer. That last sentence may seem factual, but it is an inaccurate statement; at least here in the US. The name […]

Vieux Carré
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The Vieux Carré

Vieux Carré is another name for The French Quarter, the oldest and most famous district in the city of New Orleans. It means Old Square. This post is not about that district, but rather a […]

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The Negroni

The Negroni is another classic cocktail, although unlike the Martini and the Old Fashioned, about which I have previously written, this one comes from Italy. There are several conflicting stories about the origination of this […]

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The Old Fashioned

I am pedantic, opinionated, but not always consistent. I needed to start with that statement, due to my earlier post about cocktails. In that article I made it clear that any deviation from the one […]