Monthly Archives: May 2011

Barrel-Aged Cocktail Update

The first thing I did with my barrel was to make sure it was water tight. That meant filling it with water and letting the wood swell a bit. I got busy with other things and wasn’t able to drain … Continue reading

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First Smell: Eau d’Italie’s Jardin du Poete

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sample Eau d’Italie’s new scent at Aedes de Venustas in Greenwich Village, and one of the co-founders of the brand, Sebastián Alvarez Murena, was there to introduce it. Like the other … Continue reading

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The First Negroni of Spring

Technically, I’ve already had a Negroni this year, but drinking them indoors when it’s still under 40 degrees outside just isn’t the same. My very first Negroni ever was at an outdoor cafe in Milan ten years ago, and every … Continue reading

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First Smell: Knize Ten

If I could go back to the gas station I worked at 13 years ago, to rummage through the greasy shelves of brake cleaner, axle grease, motor oil and other chemicals, I could tell you exactly what Knize Ten smells … Continue reading

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