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We've been itching to construct a drink that uses Brancamenta. It's not the easiest liqueur to mix—think Fernet-Branca with a little more sugar and a refreshing blast of peppermint. If you like Fernet, Brancamenta is an easy sipper, and if Fernet always seems too bitter or intense, Brancamenta will be far more approachable. The only problem is that not many cocktails are out there that use it.

Over the years, we've collected lots of notes and clippings of various recipes we use for inspiration. Today, we dug up something we captured off the pages of the Oregonian last year. Back in August, they ran a story about carbonated cocktails. Naturally, we filed away these details hoping to try a few of the featured recipes this summer. So, here we are looking at a drink created last year by Brandon Wise back when he was bar manager at Imperial.

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Scottie Ferguson

Stocking a liquor cabinet is serious business. Space can limit decisions as much as budget, so we have always aligned with the idea that you should buy cocktails, not random bottles of booze. In other words, start with a drink recipe that you love and build your cabinet that way—recipe by recipe. This is great, in theory, but the allure of Italian bitters often trumps restraint. If you're as big of a fan as we are, you may have amassed quite a collection—cocktail recipes or not—grabbing almost every amaro you can find. But if you are just starting out, it can be difficult to decide what to buy first. Many of us are familiar with Campari, if even just for the Negroni and the Americano, but as we explore others, how do

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Drink Of The Week: Angostura

The Great Minnesota Get-together It's that time of the year again when Minnesotans make their annual trip to the State Fair. It sounds so old fashioned, but if you live in the Twin Cities, you already know that folks around here take it very seriously. It's not all pigs and agriculture, although they have that too. I tend to keep my distance from anything that smells like a barn, but it's either that or the deep fat fryers. Everyone seems to enjoy something different at the Fair, and some of us just look forward to all of the food. Old habits die hard. For instance, every year, I make my way to Sweet Martha's Cookies where I buy a bucket and walk it over to the "all the milk you can drink" stand. And every year, someone in the crowd says, "Whoa, what a great idea—chocolate chip cookies and

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Drink Of The Week: Suffering Bastard

As the summer fades, here's a wonderful cocktail to help you hang on to just a little more fun in the sun. It's usually regarded as a Tiki drink which always reminds me of warm tropical places—as it should. However, instead of rum, this one has two base spirits: gin and bourbon. What could be better than that?

I love the name of this drink partly because it's actually a nickname. Most cocktail gurus agree that this drink was once referred to as "My Suffering Bar Steward" which seems to recall a time before ice machines and soda dispensers. Imagine a poor, suffering assistant scurrying to and fro to keep the ice bin full and to retrieve ingredients for the barman. Plenty of drinks are named for the men behind the stick, but it's not unreasonable to believe that in a loud, crowded bar, someone might fancy a misheard version

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Drink Of The Week: The Pimm's Cup

With everything going on lately related to the World Cup, there's a completely different Cup that gets pretty popular this time of the year. Take your mind away from soccer (or football, if you prefer) for a moment and consider the fact that Wimbledon is just around the corner. Like Kentucky Derby goers with their Mint Juleps, everyone at Wimbledon seems to enjoy one refreshment while they watch men and women chase the fuzzy yellow ball around the grass courts. That drink is the Pimm's Cup.

Many people on this side of the Atlantic have never even heard of the Pimm's Cup, let alone Pimm's No. 1, the key ingredient. Maybe you've seen the reddish tea-colored bottle on a bar shelf, or perhaps you even own some but you've never known what to do with it. What exactly is Pimm's No. 1 anyway, and what happened to No. 2

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