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Drink of the Week: Cinquecento

We like vodka at Summit Sips. We really do. But over the years it hasn't shared as much of the lime light on these pages as other spirits. There are a few good reasons for that. One is that vodka was virtually non-exisitent in the US before the 1940s. As such, it's nearly impossible to find classic cocktails that use it because it doesn't appear in any of the old books. Of course, one can't ignore the the Moscow Mule, the Cosmopolitan, or even James Bond's Vodka Martini, but these are all relatively new ideas. Everything pre-prohibition would have contained gin, whiskey, brandy or rum; it may be hard to imagine, but vodka was unknown at that time.

Another reason vodka doesn't appear quite as often

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Drink of the Week: Vieux Carré

The Vieux Carré was first created in 1938 by Walter Bergeron, head bartender at the Hotel Monteleone which, in addition to housing the unusual rotating Carousel Bar, is considered the gateway to the French Quarter for which the drink is named. The Vieux Carré (French for "old square") is as much a fixture of the New Orleans cocktail scene as the Sazerac, and it's another reminder of the golden age of mixology.

If you are a fan of spirit-forward drinks, this is another one for your house menu. Upon making it, you might recognize that this is just a Saratoga sweetened with Benedictine. Ok, there's Peychaud's bitters too, and by this logic, any cocktail is just another version of something else. You could say it's like a Monte Carlo, or a variation of the La Louisianne, but these are

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Drink of the Week: Singapore Sling

Supposedly, July 27th was National Scotch Day. I know it's not the most popular holiday, but the timing was pretty good (it was a coincidence, really) for describing the Scotch tasting event last week and for featuring the Blood and Sand cocktail the week before. I thought about selecting another Scotch drink this week but I decided it was time to move on. That's when a friend of mine finally tracked down some Cherry Heering and made the Blood and Sand. I wondered if perhaps there were other readers looking for additional ways to use cherry brandy, so I thought I would feature the Singapore Sling.

It can be a delicious cocktail, depending on the recipe you use. That said, it's just as easy to make one taste awful. Part of the problem is that like a lot of cocktails, the original recipe was lost and this has caused

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Pomegranates and How to Make Grenadine

Randy explains how best to open a pomegranate and release the precious seeds within as well has how to use the juice from these seeds to make grenadine. Once you've made your own grenadine, there are several delicious recipes to try, including the Singapore Sling, Monkey Gland, and the Commodore Cocktail.

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