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Drink of the Week: Zarzamora

Here's a recipe I have been meaning to share for quite some time. It's a highball that was my first cocktail at The Violet Hour in Chicago. That was several years ago now, but it's one of those memorable concoctions that has often been the subject of google searches and occasional experimentation for me. Eventually, it came up in discussion on the LTHForum where Toby Maloney has shared some of his other recipes, and although we never got the official proportions for the Zarzamora, the discussion did lead to a successful rendition.

Zarzamora is what they call the blackberry in Argentina. That’s significant for a couple of reasons. First, this drink has blackberries, but more importantly, it contains Fernet Branca. If you recall, Fernet is a bitter Italian Amaro, and it’s one of the strongest in terms of bitter

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How to Make Coca Cola

Drink of the Week: Cuba Libre

We are just going to come right out and say it: This week's DOTW is getting hijacked. Anyone who recognizes the Cuba Libre also knows that it's just a fancy name for the popular Rum and Coke. Sure, there's a squeeze of lime, and we'll get to the drink itself.

Most of you are probably thinking, "But isn't the formula for Coke one of the most guarded secrets on earth?" Well, yes and no. Many aspects of the recipe are known (the ingredients are written right on the can), but there is some truth to the story that only a select few individuals know the formula of the primary flavoring component. However, some very convincing evidence exists that the Original Recipe—the one first created by Coca Cola inventor John Pemberton back in 1886—may have been revealed in a newspaper photograph, hiding in plain sight

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Mexican Cane Sugar Coca Cola at Costco

Depending on how old you are, you might not even remember the actual taste of the Real Thing. I am not talking about differences between Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Coca Cola Classic or any other obvious variations on the popular beverage. I am referring to the original Coca Cola formula—the non-diet, classic drink that is known throughout the world. You may think you know Coke, but if you are basing that knowledge on the past 25 years of drinking experience in the US, you might be surprised to find out that your Coke is not the same as mine.

It's Coca Cola Classic, Right? Wrong. Classic Coke isn't even the original formula. It's close, and if you asked the manufacturer they'd tell you it's the same, but when you have tasted Coke made and bottled in Mexico and other locations outside of the US, you understand. That's because Coke made

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