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Let’s Go To Italy – For The Weekend

We here at Fancy A Drink are big fans of Italian Liqueurs; specifically Amaro Averna, Campari, Cocchi Americano, Aperol and Fernet-Branca. As we are heading into the weekend, we thought we would highlight some of our staff’s favorite cocktails made with these Italian beauties. Interestingly, with the exception of Averna, each of these Liqueurs here was created and first consumed in Northern Italy, approximately four hours from one another in Novara, Asti, Padua and Milan. Averna was developed at the complete other end of Italy, on the island of Sicily. Amaro Averna was invented in 1868 on the island of Sicily and is named after it’s inventor, Salvatore Averna. We recommend The Black Manhattan. Campari was first produced in 1860 -a few years prior to Averna- in Novara Italy by Gaspare Campari. It is the essential ingredient in the ever classic, Negroni. Cocchi Americano. Initial production began in 1891 in the Asti Province of Italy by Giulio Cocchi and we love both the Vesper Martini and the Corpse Reviver #2. Aperol was originally introduced in 1919 in Padua. It’s popularity took off in post World War II Italy and it is now an international success. The Aperol Spritz is excellent anytime, but particularly on a warm afternoon. […]

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The Corpse Reviver #2

During Prohibition, good Gin was hard to come by. Americans, ever the entrepreneurs, distilled Gin in their own bathtubs. It was not necessarily very good but it was good enough with a bit of lemon thrown in to revive the corpse when necessary. This is the origin story for the Corpse Reviver #2. Enjoy this before your Saturday evening dinner or Friday evening cocktail at home after a productive week. Salud! Find the recipe here.

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National Skyscraper Day – August 10

August 10 is Skyscraper Appreciation Day To celebrate, we’ll give you a drink called the Skyscraper, but if you’re thinking of the tall Manhattan by that name, we’re throwing you a curve ball. We’ve already covered the Manhattan and several bourbon drinks, so it’s time to mix it up. Too much? You can shake this drink. First, here are a few notable skyscrapers for you to celebrate. The world’s first skyscraper was the ten story Home Insurance Building in Chicago, which was built in 1885. This building is not tall by today’s standards, but it changed the way cities were designed in ways that hadn’t been imagined. The world’s tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which is 2,722 feet (829.8 meters) tall. One World Trade Center in New York City is the tallest building in the US, standing 1,776 feet (541 meters). Not everything is about height, so cheers to the iconic Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building! The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco is the tallest building west of Chicago, standing at 1,070 feet (326 meters) and it’s truly an impressive sight. There are so many iconic and impressive structures, so pick your favorite, and have […]

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Cool Down With A Beer Cocktail

The Summer Ale Spritz cocktail was created by Rael Petit in the Hollywood Hills. The master mixologist is originally from Switzerland and is renowned for his work in New York City. The story of how Petit ended up in the Hollywood Hills to create this drink is unclear as he works at Delilah in New York City. There is also a West Hollywood location so it is impressive to think he may have just been on vacation at his bar’s LA location and he was still creating new drinks. This beer cocktail brings together the lemon and wheat flavor of Sam Adams Summer Ale with Rosemary syrup and the timeless Aperol Spritz. We’ll explain how to make the syrup in the recipe. This drink is a frozen, blended cocktail served on the rocks. It’s considered a refreshing afternoon drink as opposed to an evening cocktail. Enjoy and, when you make it, please let us know what you think on Instagram, Facebook or the comments below.

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A Summer Tequila Drink – La Paloma

A lot of us had an experience with tequila in our young lives that may have happened to steer us away from it. Tequila is not to be shied away from just because of a bad night in high school or college. The right tequila can be sublime. It’s very nice to sip with a decent sized block of ice in a glass. Don Julio Blanco and Don Julio Reposado are not very pricey and they are tasty, just by themselves. Lime is a decent addition to cut it just the right amount. Margaritas are also a very popular summer choice, however, they contain a lot of sugar. If you don’t want to add a lot of sugar to your daily intake, a Paloma, may be an excellent Margarita modification for you. For the end of June and early July we are going with La Paloma. For further experimentation, trade out the Tequila for Mezcal and enjoy the La Smokey Paloma.

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Happy Birthday to the US Army

June 14, the US Army’s birthday Since we know you’ve been keeping up on our articles, you already know that June 14 is National Flag Day and National Bourbon Day. It’s also the date the US Army celebrates its birthday! When the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of expert riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year on June 14, 1775, the US Army was born. We thank all who have served and are serving in the US Army. We’ve recommended the American Flag to celebrate National Flag Day and the Manhattan to celebrate National Bourbon Day. If you want to join us in celebrating the Army’s birthday, go with The Highball. Happy birthday Army! Cheers and enjoy.  

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Negroni Week

Celebrate the Weekend of Negroni week with, of course, the iconic, somewhat bitter, Italian classic. Of course, if you are up for an Italian adventure, several variations exist as well. Try one of the following, for example: –>Replace the Gin with Prosecco or Sparkling White Wine –>Replace the Campari with Aperol –>Replace the Vermouth with Lillet Have fun, enjoy, Salute! Negroni – the classic  

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National Bourbon Day

June 14 is National Bourbon Day. Bourbon is originally from Bourbon, Kentucky and distilled from one of the states two primary crops; corn. Bourbon sales have increased sharply in the past several years and was often a featured drink in the swanky advertising offices of Mad Men. While Roger Sterling and Don Draper usually drank their bourbon straight, we thought we’d suggest a cocktail to help you truly getinto the spirit of National Bourbon Day. The top three bourbon cocktails for this celebration are the Manhattan, the Old Fashioned, and the Bourbon Rickey. Our top pick for this fine holiday is theManhattan. The Manhattan is said to have been invented in New York City’s Manhattan Club in the early 1870s.  There are conflicting reports of who first poured a Manhattan, but the cocktail’s fashionable appeal has never been in dispute. There are several variants of the Manhattan including some that are made with other spirits, but today is about bourbon! For bourbon cocktails, it’s all in the name. The Manhattan Bourbon Rickey Bourbon Old Fashioned    

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