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The Toast

Simple in its thought, and profound in its action. Raising a glass to friends, neighbors, and strangers alike, there is something delightful and of enough import that a dinging fork on the lip of a rocks glass can bring a bustling room to a stand still. The following words are chosen carefully, and once said …

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Cocktails To Bark About

I have been missing many things lately. Haircuts, my wash & fold service, and the gym. But mostly I miss regulars, drinking buddies, barflies, or whatever name you have for the crew that fills those barstools like gargoyles protecting the souls of the bartenders who work there. I really miss those guys. Hard to know …

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Routine Will Set You Free

It feels like a lifetime ago before our daily lives were flipped upside down, and we all tumbled into a new reality nobody can quite explain yet. With the constant anxiety staring us down, the little stresses seem to be monumental. Our routines have become disrupted, hell they have been all but destroyed. No more …

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Books & Bottles

It is time to take a moment a long quiet, personal, and beautiful moment in this chaos. The whole family is stuffed into one house all day, everyday. The not so subtle sounds of children’s programming screeching from the TV is only punctuated by media alerts. Even amidst all of this, we do have time, …

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The Mastery of Time

There is something magical that happens when one master’s a craft. The mastery seems to have a power that transcends and can seemingly stop time in the tracks. The 41st Symphony by Mozart, Guernica by Picasso, The Pantheon, or just a perfectly fit sundress floating down the street on a spring day worn by a …

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Irish Eyes Are Smiling

Some may be running wild up 2nd Ave, others will be coloring rivers green, whilst the remaining odds & ends will be dressed as sultry little leprechauns. Regardless of who you are and where you live the luck of the Irish is going to descend on your city and the pints of black will flow …

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A Question Of Taste

My drinking befuddles my spouse, every time I succeed in getting her to taste something I get the same response, it tastes the same as the last one.  As I have been doing this for my entire career and I, coincidentally, love the stuff, I am always stumped by her reaction. However, when I teach …

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Time To Open That Special Bottle

There is a national holiday for that!  A day that encourages all of us, to stop looking at that beautiful bottle we bought for a special occasion, but for some reason or another the occasion was never special enough.  It is for this reason that a holiday was created, Open That Bottle Day (February 29th) …

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Would You Be Mine?

It is that time of year when that cherubic little pixie named Cupid flutters about and paints the world pink. Valentine’s day is nearing and the hearts are racing and the palms are sweaty.  My friends, it is love! This time of year there are limitless suggestions as to which bottle the perfect couple should …

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Football At Its Finest

It’s the Super Bowl!  Well, the Super Bowl is right around the corner.  The San Fran 49ers will be going up against the Kansas City Chiefs (let’s hope for a great game).  As we gorge on wings, stuff ourselves with pigs in a blanket, get in random arguments over things like hot sauce and BBQ …

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Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley on the Brand’s Inaugural Vodka Release

Buffalo Trace is known for many things, but to date, vodka has not necessarily been one of them. Recently, Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley has sought to change that. In the midst of a massive distillery expansion, the team at Buffalo Trace has just launched Wheatley Vodka, an uncomplicated yet intentional spirit that’s designed to taste …

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Dewar’s Master Distiller and Blender Stephanie Macleod Is Making History

Like many great things, whiskey takes patience and time. Often, this is a notion that goes well beyond the barrel––since 1846, Dewar’s has named just seven Master Blenders, and each has spent the entirety of their tenure honing their craft day after day. Master Distiller Stephanie Macleod can attest to the long road that led …

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A Guide to Sharing the Holiday Spirit with Your Hosts – Peggy Noe Stevens

Anyone familiar with the world of whiskey knows the name Peggy Noe Stevens––and, more importantly, that she’s a force to be reckoned with. Spirits Network is humbled to serve as a home to two brand new shows featuring bourbon’s grande dame (Women’s Whiskey Revolution [premiering November 25, 2019] and Peggy Noes Best), but in true …

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3 Bartender-Approved French Cocktail Recipes in Honor of Bastille Day

Bastille Day is as good an excuse as any to drink something French-accented (and practice your bartending skills in the process). In honor of France’s Fête Nationale, we’ve scoured the globe for some of the best celebratory cocktail recipes courtesy of renowned bartenders far and wide, spanning all levels of dexterity and home bar breadth. …

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Attention, New York Spirits Enthusiasts: NY Distilled Spirits Month is Here

This summer, New York spirits enthusiasts are in for a treat––straight from their own backyard. July has officially been declared “New York Distilled Spirits Month” by the New York State Distillers Guild, bringing together producers from across the state for an entire month of tastings, events, discussions, live entertainment, and more on the heels of …

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International Spirits

Scientific Spirit: Bourbon and a Touch of Technology

Unlike ride-sharing, shopping, banking and TV-viewing, technology hasn’t “disrupted” the age-old art and science of bourbon making. There are, however, astute people in the industry making good use of smart tech to improve quality and efficiency. Future generations must be spared episodes like The Great Bourbon Shortage — irritatingly still in progress. It’s universally agreed …

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Whiskey Vodka Tequila

Drinkin’ All Over the World

John Fogerty, of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame, gave a label to “Rockin’ All Over The World.” He could have been singing about spirits. Gin, whisky and vodka are all finding a global perspective and finding tastemakers in the process.  Check the following categories for proof: Irish Gin: You read that right. The country known for whisky has …

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