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Graham G.

Graham is a writer, poet, and ex-bartender based out of Montreal, Canada. He worked in fine dining and cocktail bars since he was 16 and while finishing his degree, after which he dedicated himself to his passion for writing. He is interested in the myths and histories behind our iconic alcohol, viewing them as vehicles to better understand the intimate relationship people have with their food, drink, and communities. In his time off he enjoys camping and fixing bikes.

27 Kahlúa Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know

Kahlúa is a coffee liqueur that originated in Veracruz, Mexico. It is delicious in many different cocktails and since its creation it can be found all over the world – this is one of my favorite bar ingredients and I’m very excited to dive in. First, I’ve assembled a list of some exciting and easy-to-make …

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30 Peach Schnapps Cocktail Recipes You Need to Know

Schnapps is a large and exciting family of fruit spirits and liqueurs with many iterations and styles. While the traditional fruit brandy known as schnaps is the original (and we’ll explore that later in the article), we’ll be building cocktails out of the schnapps more popular in North America, a loanword for a sweet and …

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26 Frangelico Cocktails You Need to Know (Our Recipes)

Frangelico is a brand of hazelnut-herbal liqueur with caramel coloring coming from Canale, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Before we dive into the history of the liqueur and the nuances behind its flavor, let’s talk drinks. Below I’ve compiled and tinkered with a few very easy Frangelico cocktails that require little ingredients and experience. …

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35 Best Grand Marnier Cocktail Recipes

Grand Marnier is a brand of liqueurs based out of France, largely out of brandy and distilled with orange essence, bitters, and sugar. Before we dive into the history and production of this liqueur, let’s get into the fun part right away: DRINKS. Below I’ve compiled a handy list of 35 different cocktails with which …

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30 Best Amaretto Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

Amaretto is a classic Italian liqueur that is sweet and complex, often characterized by a strong almond and vanilla flavors as well as a distinctive dark amber color. Related: Tequila Cocktails | Whiskey Cocktails | Gin Cocktails | Rum Cocktails | Vodka Cocktail | Mezcal Cocktail | Cognac Cocktail | Grand Marnier Cocktail | Frangelico Cocktails …

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25 Best Cognac Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

Ah, la délice du cognac – this French spirit made by distilling white wine grapes is one of the most iconic worldwide, an eau-de-vie with a reputation long-characterized by luxury and excellence in flavor. Cognac is technically a style of brandy from a specific region in France – the varied characteristics of brandy and its …

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25 Best Mezcal Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

Mezcal is a unique, oft-smoky, and always delicious spirit that hails from the Jalisco region of Mexico. Using the agave plants native to this part of the country, mezcal distillation has long-been a central tradition in the culture and consumption of Mexican people as well as those that lived there far before. The word mezcal …

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20 Best Rum Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

Between Daiquiris, Pina Coladas, and getting caught in the rain, rum is one of the most commonly-enjoyed spirits on the planet, possessing a wide range of utility and flavors that positions it as a central ingredient in the home bartender’s collection. Equally, it is a spirit with an important history and a dark past. To …

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21 Best Terrific Tequila Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

From ‘wasting away in Margaritaville’ to the last drops of Ranch Water, the legendary tequila is a time-honored spirit that surprises sippers with depth, complexity, and history. I have the privilege of being Home Stratosphere’s resident alcoholic and I’ve rounded up and hogtied some of the easiest, most essential tequila drinks for our joint pleasure. …

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What is in a mattress?

We’ve come a long way from the straw-filled mattresses of yesteryear: today, the surfaces we sleep on are highly-engineered and personalized to provide people with the best rest possible. In this article, we’re going to dive into the various types of mattresses out there, exploring their various fillings and the ways they provide comfort for …

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What kind of wood are pallets made from?

In our modern world of globally-interconnected economic systems, where goods travel the globe to reach consumers, the pallet is a critical and oft-overlooked element of the transportation process. Let’s dive into learning a little more about these structures and what they’re made of. Equally, it might provide a little inspiration for their reuse in places …

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Why Were Coasters Invented?

The coaster is a utilitarian and decorative necessity in any bar and home with an interesting history. Whether disposable for commercial use or highly-stylized to match your living room décor, the ‘bar mat’ is an excellent way to protect your wood and add flair to your space. Let’s dive in Coaster Nightmare! You’re at a …

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21 Best Vodka Cocktail Recipes (All Types)

In Russian it means ‘little water’, but this name can be deceiving. Vodka is far from water, with a large range of cocktails and effects. On the surface, it is unassuming yet far-reaching, transparent yet full of possibility.  In a way, this nebulous spirit is unique among the other aqua vitae we’ve explored thus far. …

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Moscow 77 Vodka Cocktail Recipes

An interesting riff on the French 75 I came up with. Using vodka and some Lillet gave the drink a completely different structure, but it still worked really well as a combination. The drink is a little rounder, a little sweeter, and a little more downplayed. Step-by-step instructions and ingredients for creating the Moscow 77 …

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