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DIY vs. Buy: Cocktail Ingredients You Should Not Make Yourself

If I had a nickel for every mason jar full of herbs, spices, and liquor steeping in my kitchen, I'd have 55 cents. (That's not a lot of money, but it is a lot of weird jars.) So it might seem like I am biased against store-bought cocktail ingredients. But there are a few items that I will just never try to make myself. And I don't think you should either. More

Cocktails and Spirits with Paul Clarke: Benedictine Turns 500

Created as an herbal medicine by a Benedictine monk named Dom Bernardo Vincelli in France in 1510, Benedictine has a dramatic history. Enjoyed for generations as an elixir for longevity, the spirit's recipe was lost when the monastery was destroyed during the French Revolution, only to be rediscovered in a cache of old books purchased by an art collector and wine merchant in 1863. More

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