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Classica Cocktails: The Bloody Mary – Vodka

While most of the classic cocktails are minimal, designed to showcase the flavor and aromatics of the base liquor, the Bloody Mary is a rococo, over-the-top concoction.

Classic Cocktail: The Rob Roy – Scotch

The Rob Roy is a cocktail made with Scotch whisky (without an e) which is actually not a good idea.

Whiskey Wise: Local group seeks to educate, imbibe.

Not the a local whiskey-lovers group Whiskey Drinkers Union: Utah Local 801, co-founded by Jeff Thompson.

Classic Cocktail: The Daiquiri – Rum

Starting in the time of Napoleon, Her Majesty’s Royal Navy ran on rum. Every sailor (not the officers) received a daily rum ration, affectionately called a tot.

Classic Cocktails: The Sidecar – Cognac

Bearing the endearing IBA description “an all day cocktail” the sidecar is indeed named after the motorcycle sidecar, a familiar sight during World Wars I and II.

Classic Cocktails: The Old Fashioned – Bourbon

What’s old fashioned about it? There are lots of theories, but the most popular is that it is most like the original cocktail—liquor, with a little sugar and bitters added for relief.

Classic Cocktails: The Big Seven

Salt Lake City is gaining fame as an avid outpost of the craft cocktail movement.

Classic Cocktails: The Margarita – Tequila

Here’s where I differ with the IBA: Their recipe calls for a margarita on the rocks in a margarita glass.

Classical Cocktails: The Martini – Gin

Lots of perfectly nice people, including James Bond, like a vodka Martini.

Cheers: It's time for the 2017 Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest

Salt Lake magazine’s annual Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest, a celebration of our city’s culinary creativity, runs through the month of September—find details at More than 24 local bartenders will be...

I'll Take it Neat: This ain't your daddy's gin

First it was beer, then it was wine. Now the world of craft is seeping into distilleries.

A Seat at the Bar – The Explosion of Craft Beer

The first beer was brewed 5,000 years ago. It was part of the daily diet of many Egyptian pharaohs. Modern American beers are reminiscent of the hoppy beer 14th Century German monks...

Top Tips for the Novice Wine Buyer

If you’re like me, the prospect of going out to buy a bottle of wine is daunting. Are different whites and reds really that different from each other? Do you have to...

Get your rum ready, mates. It's Black Tot day

Ideally, it would be Ed Hamilton's Navy Strength Rum you'll have ready, because today is all about Her Majesty's Navy. Except for fortifying English sailors, rum (also called Nelson's blood, kill devil, demon...

A Secret Passageway into Utah’s Swanky Speakeasy

There’s a new 1920s inspired hot spot in town, that knows how to get this kitty cat purring. I guess you could say, Prohibition, is my new main squeeze.
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