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Friday, December 12,2014
Cocktail Tales

Our adult-beverage gift guide

Books, booze and other presents to make you tipsy

By Kelly Davis
Booze makes great a gift. Things having to do with booze make great gifts. And, for that reason, here’s the Cocktail Tales 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.
Monday, November 24,2014
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Return of the Smashing Pumpkin

A to-do list of drinks at Grant Grill, Polite Provisions and Sycamore Den

By Kelly Davis
Since 2010, when San Diego food writer Troy Johnson featured Grant Grill’s Smashing Pumpkin on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate, I’ve had “try that” on my bucket list.
Friday, October 31,2014
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Don't fear the Jagermeister

German herbal liqueur makes its way into craft cocktails

By Kelly Davis
"Fernet is like Jägermeister for adults," a friend told me recently. Surely you know what Jägermeister is. You probably know what Fernet is. One's German, one's Italian. Both are herb-based liqueurs with long, strange lists of ingredients and an up-front black-licorice flavor.
Friday, October 3,2014
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Starlite celebrates seven years with new drinks

But the Mule in the copper mug is still the OG

By Kelly Davis
There seems to be consensus (or everyone's reading the same source material) that the Moscow Mule saved vodka from becoming a Cold War casualty. 
Monday, September 15,2014
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Zymology 21 cultivates shrub cocktails

Cafe 21’s sister restaurant gets creative with fermented-fruit syrups

By Kelly Davis
When Louis Chavez was tapped to create the cocktail menu for Zymology 21—sister restaurant to Leyla and Alex Javadov's popular Cafe 21 (locations in North Park and the Gaslamp Quarter)—shrubs seemed like the obvious way to go.
Saturday, August 23,2014
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It’s all about the orgeat

Tiki drinks don’t have to be so sticky-sweet

By Kelly Davis
For a cocktail to be truly tiki, does it have to have a sweet juice as its base?
Friday, August 1,2014
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Noble Experiment's new guy

Trevor Easter takes over at the iconic San Diego bar, plus Nate Howell's farewell menu for JSix

By Kelly Davis
Google "Trevor Easter" and you'll turn up a 2012 San Francisco Chronicle piece, written when Easter was bar manager at respected Bay Area spot Heaven's Dog. In it, the Mt. Helix native gives a sho
Monday, July 14,2014
Cocktail Tales

Time for tea cocktails

Where to find ’em, how to make ’em and more

By Kelly Davis
If you want to try to infuse your own spirits, there’s no end to online how-tos. Steeping time depends on what kind of liquor you’re using and how much.
Friday, June 20,2014
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San Diego bartenders show us how to smoke a drink

Plus, a twist on an Old Fashioned by Alex Maynard

By Kelly Davis
How could you turn down something described as "a really fancy, good Old Fashioned—with pork"? That's the pithy explainer for the smoked pork belly wrapped in bacon / Old Fashioned pairing dreamed up by Hanis Cavin from Carnitas' Snack Shack and Seven Grand's Brett Winfield.
Friday, May 30,2014
Cocktail Tales

Gin’s best friend

Jack Rudy tops the list in our quest for best tonic

By Kelly Davis
This is a small-batch quinine concentrate to which you add soda water (4 ounces to 3/4-ounce of tonic) and 2 ounces of gin. It has a really nice, mellow citrus-y flavor—you don’t need, nor should you want, to add any lime.
 
 
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