5 Best "Last Call" Cocktails of 2013

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JK Grence
This week we've looked back at some of our favorite posts in Guilty Pleasures, Bites & Dishes and Chef & Tell. We're rounding things out with a cocktail (what else?) with our five favorite Last Call cocktail recipes of 2013, courtesy of Chow Bella resident bartender J.K. Grence.

How to Make a Hanky Panky
Here I go again with drinks with weird names. Hanky Panky? It manages to be hopelessly outdated, yet still carries a lurid aura with it. The origin of the drink's name is a bit more innocent. It goes back to the early 20th century, at the American Bar in London's Savoy Hotel.

Ada "Coley" Coleman was a pioneer in bartending. She was one of the first well-known female bartenders in a profession that was long dominated by men. She later would hand the reins of the Savoy's American Bar to Harry Craddock, who would go on to write the Savoy Cocktail Book, still considered essential reading for anyone with a taste for classic cocktails. Read more here.

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JK Grence
Rise and shine, libationistas!

How to Make a Breakfast Martini
Thanks to a recent shift change at work, I'm now off on Sundays. This means I can once more be on the receiving end of that wonderful Sunday morning drinking tradition, brunch. Some of my favorite cocktails are tailor-made for brunch.

I can get picky with my brunch drinks. The Bloody Mary is the standard bearer, of course. But often, I don't want lunch in a glass. On the other end of the spectrum, a properly made Ramos Gin Fizz is ethereal. But, sometimes they're a little too light. Further, they're such a pain in the ass to make that I almost never make them at home. Read more here.

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JK Grence

How to Make the Perfect Lemon Drop
One of my favorite uses for flavored vodka has to be Lemon Drops. As far as drinks go, they're almost foolproof. I'll even tolerate low-rent ones made with (gasp!) bottled sour mix.

While the vast majority of Lemon Drops out there are at least somewhat drinkable, a well-made one is a marvel. It almost makes you pine for the cocktail explosion of the late 1990s, back when anything Technicolor-hued in a cocktail glass was dubbed a martini.

Almost. Read more here.


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