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Modern Classics: Paper Plane

As far as “modern classics” go, it may be difficult to find one more ubiquitous than the Paper Plane, created by Sam Ross in 2007. Allegedly named after the M.I.A. song (which is an amazing story, though unconfirmed by its creator), the Paper Plane was created for the opening menu

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Modern Classics: White Negroni

The White Negroni found its way onto our flight of Modern Classics because it’s beautiful and because it so perfectly translates the profile of its ancestor, the famous Negroni. British bartender Wayne Collins created this cocktail for Plymouth Gin in 2001 at an expo in France when, allegedly, neither Campari

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Modern Classics

While we do embrace the traditional style of Golden Age cocktails, the craft cocktail renaissance of the last fifteen years has contributed many memorable drinks. These modern-day “classics” are every bit as enjoyable as those cocktails we dig out too the dusty, dog-eared books behind the bar. For Volume #3,

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Paloma

We turned to the much-mythified Paloma to feature at West Main for the weekend of Mexican Independence Day, along with our Mexican spirits flight (tequila, mescal, sotol). We, like many, believed the vague but popular myth that the Paloma was an old school Mexican cocktail that had found its way

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Seminar: “The Story of Absinthe”

Nothing encapsulates the “authenticity, lost” quality of Golden Age bar culture quite like Absinthe. Between 1840 and its eventual ban in Europe in the early 1900s, the much-mythologized “Green Fairy” soared to the height of drinking culture. Every day Parisians (and the French and Swiss, in general) conducted a daily

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I Heart Absinthe: Absinthe Frappé

The original Absinthe Frappé is the creation of one Cayetano Ferrer, a Catalan bartender immigrant to New Orleans. Ferrer presumably brought his native land’s love of absinthe—Spain never banned the spirit—to New Orleans and tended bar at the French Opera House before setting up shop at the Absinthe Room. The

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