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Historical Flight: Hugo Ensslin

We’re kicking off a new program at West Main that will highlight historically significant cocktail books, bartenders, and beverages, and the debut special honors the lesser-sung twentieth century cocktail hero Hugo Ensslin. Published in 1917, Hugo Ensslin’s book Recipes for Mixed Drinks is an invaluable time capsule containing important information

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Laird & Company: Jack Rose

Our favorite story behind the Jack Rose is that it is somehow connected to notorious gambler and alleged hitman Bald Jack Rose in the 1910s. Unfortunately, the cocktail seems to predate the man by about ten years, and though there are many suspected origin stories, one of the likeliest, to

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Laird & Company: Corpse Reviver #1

Any google search will quickly reveal a brief history of “Corpse Reviver” cocktail, a drink whose codification many attribute to Harry Craddock, who was known to make variations of this format at his American Bar, at the Savoy Hotel in London. Most famously, the Corpse Reviver numbers 1 and 2

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Laird & Company

For three hundred years, the same New Jersey family has distilled apple brandy, a staple for Colonial Americans. Licensed since 1780, Laird & Company is the oldest legally operating distiller in the United States. Their one-hundred proof “applejack” is a fundamental spirit in Golden Age cocktails. This cocktail flight features

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New Desserts | February, 2019

As we get into the groove of 2019, it’s time to introduce a low key program that will bring joy to your heart and your sweet tooth. Our pastry chef, Miriam Martinez Prisciliano, has debuted a new Dessert Menu and it is classic, playful, and exactly what you need. Miriam

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Charles Dickens’ Famous Smoking Bishop

cherry, plum, allspice, cinnamon, anise, orange ruby port, cabernet sauvignon, roasted orange & cinnamon cordial, picon Immortalized at the end of Charles Dickens’s beloved holiday story, A Christmas Carol, the Smoking Bishop is a mulled and spiced port wine punch popularized centuries ago. We roast whole, clove-studded oranges in the

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