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Made popular back in the 1950’s, this drink is easy to make and still popular today if you want to ask for it at a bar! What You’ll Need 3 ounces Gin 2 ounces lemon juice 1 ounce simple syrup Club soda Maraschino cherries  Directions Pour the Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a tall glass with a handful of ice. Fill the remainder of the glass with club soda. Mix all of the ingredients
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Simple syrup is a common ingredient used in a vast majority of cocktails. What most people don’t know is you can simply make it in the microwave, and it will keep in your fridge if you’d like to make it in advance. What You’ll Need 1 cup water 2 cups sugar Directions Microwave 1 cup water in a microwave-safe container on High for 1 minute and 30 seconds (careful – it should be very hot). Add sugar, and stir
Since the advent of DNA profiling of grape varieties in 1993, ampelography (ámpelos = vine and  lógos = study) has been rewriting wine books by correctly identifying grape origins and rejecting synonyms. For example, Zinfandel was long suspected to be identical to Primitivo, however after DNA analysis it was established that the grape was native to Croatia where it is called Crljenak Kastelanski. DNA testing has also revealed several unexpected parentages, the most surprising being Cabernet Sauvignon which
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With our rock-bottom prices on Johnnie Walker we threw together an easy, refreshing cocktail to drink when you’re in the mood for a drink with some added carbonation. What You’ll Need 2 ounces Johnnie Walker Black Label 1 lemon wedge Ginger Ale Directions Add about a cup of ice to a collins glass and pour the Johnnie Walker over it. Fill to the top with Ginger Ale and stir well. Squeeze a bit of lemon, and
aviation-drink
Made popular back in the 1930’s, this refreshing drink is easy to make. Don’t forget the flamed  lemon peel! What You’ll Need 2 ounces Gin 1/2 ounce Maraschino Liqueur Dash of Créme de Violette 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice Directions Fill a shaker with about a cup of ice and add all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add a flamed lemon peel (you can do this by taking a
Why is there a black rooster on the neck of some Chianti bottles? In the Middle Ages, when the republics of Florence and Siena were battling for territory in the Chianti region, they came up with a novel method to end the conflict. It was agreed that two knights would set out from their respective cities and establish the border wherever they met. Departure was to be at dawn and the starting signal at each
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Pumpkin Spice Martini

Roger Wilco’s Pumpkin Spice Martini is made with Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice. This Martini is perfect to make for your guests this fall! What You’ll Need: 1.5 ounces of vanilla flavored vodka (such as Stoli) 1.5 ounces of Bailey’s Pumpkin Spice 1.5 ounces of pumpkin flavored liqueur 1 cup ice cubes 1 pinch ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg Directions: Pour the vanilla flavored vodka, Bailey’s, and pumpkin flavored liqueur into a cocktail shaker over ice.
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By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. The long-standing rule of matching wine and food – red wine with meat and white wine with fish – actually has a scientific explanation. Then again, I doubt too many people eat meat or fish without a compliment of side dishes…especially on such a gastronomic feast as Thanksgiving.  So how do you pair the perfect wine for a meal that is a minefield of competing tastes and flavors? Eliminate
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James Quaile, known by most as Jimmy, spent his entire life in entertainment as a drummer and singer in his family band, The Quailes. The group, which consists of Jimmy’s brothers and sisters, has played casinos and performing arts venues around the country. Jimmy operated his own restaurant for 10 years, Big Daddy’s Crabcakes, with his wife (and chef) Janet, garnering a “Best Of Philly” recognition. With a passion for wine, Jimmy passed the Court
Port

What is Port?

By Roger Wilco’s Wine Guy and Somm, Jimmy Quaile. Officially, real port wine comes only from the Douro region in Portugal. Port is a fortified wine, which means it’s a wine that begins production like any other wine but brandy is added early to stop fermentation. This raises the alcohol level and leaves sugars un-fermented, resulting in a sweet wine. There are variations, but the most common are Ruby and Tawny. Ruby Port As you might guess
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