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“Professor” Jerry Thomas: Japanese Cocktail

Filling the inconspicuous role of #113 in Jerry Thomas’s manual, the Japanese Cocktail is the second in our cocktail flight dedicate to Thomas, from Volume 5b.  A quick internet search will pretty much give you an exhaustive account of the collected knowledge about the Japanese Cocktail in one paragraph.  While

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“Professor” Jerry Thomas: Crushed Strawberry Fizz

According to Wondrich’s Imbibe!, Jerry Thomas was the first to write about the Gin Fizz in 1872.  By then it seems the cocktail was already on its way to becoming the wide-spread staple that was soon to birth a dozen iconic variations.  Among the variations important enough to grace Wondrich’s

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Cocktail Flight: “Professor” Jerry Thomas

Recognized as the first bartender’s guide published, How To Mix Drinks or The Bon-Vivant’s Companion (1862) by “Professor” Jerry Thomas has captured bartenders’ imaginations for over one hundred and fifty years.  With a wide range of long-forgotten drinks, as well as classic cocktails, the book is a must-read for cocktail

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New Desserts | January, 2020

January is here, and while that means bitter cold and short days—and for many of you Dry January, Whole Thirty, or various other cleanses—that also means new desserts from Miriam, West Main’s pastry chef.  This January West Main has four gorgeous things to help restore some joy to your life

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New Year’s Eve, 2019: 5-Course Cocktail Pairing Menu

This December 31, we are celebrating the New Year in unprecedented style with a single-seating pairing dinner unlike any other.  We are offering two menus for this evening: a Yukimuro (snow-aged) A5 Wagyu & Bourbon pairing menu, and this five-course Cocktail Pairing Menu–equally fabulous, and for different diets and wallets.

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Cocktail History: Rob Roy

It’s St. Andrew’s Day, which means we’ve officially entered winter drinking season and it’s time for a story. As an illustrated introduction, we start with Harry Craddock’s Savoy Cocktail Book.  The fairly laconic recipe list that makes up the bulk of Craddock’s book occasionally introduces brief one-liners about the odd cocktail

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