Issue 28

Cocktails

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Portrait of a Bartender: Justin Swanson

This issue I find myself near a hotel in downtown Omaha, searching out a looking glass.  Through that looking glass I go, and I wait for permission to go through a wall.  Behind this wall of unopened liquor bottles lies

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For Local Cocktails, Look No Further than a Syrup

When people talk about the craft of the cocktail these days, they focus on how fresh the juice is, how clear the ice, and where the spirit came from. However, this only addresses two of the four critical components of

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The Foundation of a Craft Cocktail

One of Sour, Two of Sweet, Three of Strong, Four of Weak. – Bajan Rum Punch recipe In making cocktails there is one mantra to keep in mind, and that is the poem above. Dating from the days before the

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Becoming a Professional Bartender with the USBG

The United States Bartenders’ Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to securing the professional future and reputation of bartenders through the provision of comprehensive education and training, incredible networking opportunities, competition platforms, healthcare benefits and more. For the past year,

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Support Your Local USBG Chapter

For the past year, I have been working with many of my beloved industry comrades to establish the Omaha-Lincoln chapter of the Unites States Bartenders’ Guild. For those who are not familiar, the USBG is our domestic branch of the

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The Story of Tito’s Vodka

Hi. I’m Tito Beveridge and I’m the founder and owner of Tito’s Handmade Vodka. I’m from San Antonio, Texas. I went to Vanderbilt for a year, then to UT (University of Texas at Austin). I graduated with degrees in geology

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The Craft of the Bar

Cocktails have always been big. Maybe not as big as beer or wine, but bartenders have never been short of orders for a mixed drink, and, understand me, that is all a cocktail is: a mixed drink consisting of at

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Favorite Summertime Cocktails

Like food and beer, the cocktail scene has gone through some dramatic revisions over the last couple of years. Craft cocktails are the latest rage, and that follows a big upswing in the popularity of infusions, bitters and other house

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The Modern Lemonade Stand

I am sure we have all worked a lemonade stand growing up with friends of ours. Mine consisted of Kool-Aid brand refreshments, whatever my friends and I could find scattered in the kitchen cupboards. We would sit and, if we

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Harnessing the Harvest: A Spring & Summer Infusion Guide

After months of plodding and dawdling, spring has finally arrived. For most, this signifies the end of wintertime doldrums or a fresh start with some new endeavor. The most sacred moment of the green season comes with those tenderest of

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