Category Archives: Bartenders

An Interview With Jacob Grier

Some of the best bartenders are really interesting people. In addition to being the originator of the Bone Luge trend, Portland, Oregon-based Jacob Grier is known for creating beer cocktails (he’s working on a book of them), his championing of … Continue reading

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An Interview with Pip Hanson

When I started hearing about a bartender named Pip Hanson at Marvel Bar in Minneapolis, I was intrigued: He switched everything over to the metric system. He was experimenting with super-diluted and barely chilled cocktails. He came up with an … Continue reading

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Apple Brandy and Whiskey, Three Ways

I’ve been in a months-long straight spirits phase, enjoying bourbon and rye neat rather than mixing any cocktails. It started last summer when I got weary of complicated cocktails and the frustration of missing obscure ingredients or unique bitters. And … Continue reading

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Budget Bourbon at Char No. 4

Char No. 4, the Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn bar and restaurant that specializes in whiskey and pork, is one of my favorite places to drink: the whiskey selection is stunning, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the bartender is knowledgeable. Char makes … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: A Can-hattan at Uncle Barry’s

In the Twin Cities, where I’m from, neighborhood bars don’t just close after ten years; they tend to stay around for while, and they tend to be old. Which is why it’s so jarring to see them disappear in New … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: The Smith & Street Cocktail at Clover Club

The Smith & Street cocktail, by bartender Katie Stipe, builds on the Oaxacan Old Fashioned combination of tequila and mezcal, adding a bitter citrus element. It’s served in an old fashioned glass with one large ice cylinder that keeps the … Continue reading

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Drinking Out: Cocktails at Mihoko’s 21 Grams

Mihoko’s 21 Grams, a “Franco-Japonaise” restaurant in the Flatiron District on 21st Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, opened about two weeks ago. It’s owned by a Japanese ballerina and philanthropist, Mihoko Kiyokawa, who prefers to go by one name, … Continue reading

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