Category Archives: Straight Up

STRAIGHT UP – THE ITALIAN SPRITZER

When Hearst Magazines recently moved their offices from Times Square to One World Trade Center, the staff at Bon Appetit selected for their farewell cocktail in their now empty midtown test kitchen the completely subdued, totally uncomplicated, utterly un-Bon Appetit … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – MULLED WINE

In typical female form, I am always cold. It’s why I keep my apartment at a refreshing 78 degrees, want to be in a civil union with my soup-making Staub Cocotte and have made a bad habit out of secretly … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – SALTY DOG

Or…a really good cocktail with the grossest name ever I am horrible at ordering drinks at bars. Put me in a restaurant and give me an incredibly complex menu of artisan cocktails, a five page wine list with an entire … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – BLACKBERRY SANGRIA

  I know…two cocktail recipes in a row but it’s been a really rough week, guys White sangria is one of the few instances where I will bend my “no-fruit-in-cocktails” rule and also my “don’t-order-drinks-that-scream-‘Girls-Night-Out!!’” rule*. My tolerance for sangria … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – MINT JULEP

As an avid horseback rider and having been thrown off a few jittery ex-racer Thoroughbreds, I usually have an issue with horseracing (see: Barbaro ☹). But while the “sport of kings” may be morally questionable, there’s no denying my love … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – FRENCH 75 & THE CLASSIC CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL

Not to sound like a total white girl (I promise I won’t include any Marilyn Monroe quotes in this post) but it was probably around my fourth or fifth glass of champagne* at a friend’s birthday party a few weekends … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – THE CLASSIC VODKA MARTINI

In addition to the smell of Sharpie markers and going on WebMD, one of my absolute favorite things in life is the very first sip of an ice-cold, straight up, extra-dry, Ketel One martini with olives. Because I treasure martinis … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – PIMMS CUP

If there’s one cocktail that I look forward to once the weather begins to warm up, it’s the English staple, Pimm’s Cup. Created in a London oyster bar in the early 1820s, Pimm’s cup has lasted through the ages and … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – MOSCOW MULE

If there’s one other drink that has experienced a recent resurgence aside from the Old Fashioned, it’s the Moscow Mule. Despite the name, the Moscow Mule is a citrusy American cocktail first crafted during the 1950s with Smirnoff (hence the … Continue reading

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STRAIGHT UP – OLD FASHIONED

Like most American cities (and several European ones), the Philadelphia bar scene has experienced in recent years a resurgence of the “speakeasy.” Unfairly christened a haunt for only hipsters, modern day speakeasies capture a golden age of American imperialism when … Continue reading

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