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First Look: It's All About Scotch at The Old Sage in Seattle

The oddity of bright, eccentric murals in the middle of a classic, dark space underlines Brian McCracken and Dana Tough's struggle away from bar trends. Nobody else was paying much attention to scotch, they point out. "Smoked meats and malts," the sign proclaims over the door of the Old Sage, sibling to Tavern Law, Spur, and the Coterie Room, succinctly getting to the heart of the mater. More

Report from Tales of the Cocktail: On Mixology for Everyone

I've often thought that the most important outcomes of the modern craft cocktail movement aren't at the frontier; it's in the filtering-down of this knowledge to the rest of America's bars. At Tales of the Cocktail this year, I found a good deal of attention paid to the everyman's cocktail—not at the cutting edge of mixology, but in the rest of those bars out there. More

Modern Gomme Syrup

Gomme syrup is a classic cocktail ingredient used instead of simple syrup to give drinks a light froth and velvety mouthfeel. In this updated version, I cut down the gum Arabic proportion to make the recipe a little cheaper for the home bartender. More

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