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TROPICALS GET THE ROYAL TREATMENT

The dean of American bartenders — who have nicknamed their mentor “King Cocktail” — Dale DeGroff is widely credited with bringing mixed drinks out of the dark ages of the 1980s (when wine spritzers and chemical Margarita mix ruled the day) with new twists on classic recipes, made with fresh ingredients. The King is also […]

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THE HESSENTIALS

A pioneer of the cocktail renaissance currently sweeping the country, Robert Hess was an early advocate of vintage cocktails done right.   He did most of this advocating on DrinkBoy.com, one of the first cocktail websites and still a popular discussion forum.  Fans of the site have been bugging him to write a book for years, […]

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OUR MAN IN HAVANA

We’ve known Pete Moruzzi for many years now, but we’re beginning to wonder … did we ever really know him? For instance, we didn’t know that he’d been secretly amassing one of the biggest collections in the U.S. of vintage Cuban nightclub ads, bar coasters, hotel brochures, casino flyers, and other paper ephemera. And little […]

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A WILD WITCO WORKOUT

The Bum is generally more interested in bars than barbells, but he will concede that there are times when weightlifting has merit. One of those times is when you pick up Tiki Modern And The Wild World Of Witco. We recommend donning a back brace first, as this coffee table book weighs more than some […]

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AN EDUCATED THIRST: PROFESSOR JERRY THOMAS, REMIXED

Ever wonder where Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic got the idea for their exotic drinks? We know they both traveled to the Caribbean, where they learned about the Daiquiri and the Planter’s Punch. But they also found inspiration right in their own back yard. In the 1830s, American saloons served a libation called the […]

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