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Autumn Sweater

The bittersweet lyrics of “Autumn Sweater,” from Yo La Tengo’s 1997 album, I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, serve as the source material for this melancholy change-of-season shoegazer.

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Bitters

(n.) A high-proof alcohol infused with herbs, roots and spices. Invented as a medicinal tonic, they were originally meant to aid digestion and cure a variety of ailments, including colds…

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Gargoyle and Spire

Writer Brad Thomas Parsons created this cocktail in a nod his neo-Gothic apartment building in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, which had been, until the mid-1980s, home to the Brooklyn Cathedral Preparatory…

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Rye Whiskey Syrup

Equal parts rye and sugar, this strong play on simple syrup is a necessary component of the Bitter Handshake, a recipe from Brad Thomas Parsons' book, Bitters.

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Black Scottish Cyclops

Sometimes coming up with a name for an original cocktail is a challenge, and other times it just comes to you when you’re watching a YouTube clip from the multiplayer…

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Bitter Handshake

Bartender Andrew Bohrer developed this after-dinner Fernet old-fashioned digestif of sorts, with an ingenious rye whiskey syrup subbing in for the standard simple syrup.

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The Long Hello

Damon Boelte, the bar director at Brooklyn’s Prime Meats, has an affinity for naming his original drinks after songs, albums and musicians including this autumnal Champagne cocktail.

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Alabazam

American expatriate Leo Engel was working at the Criterion Hotel in London when he supposedly created the Alabazam, an obscure recipe that appears in his 1878 book American and Other…

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Blood Orange Reduction

This jewel-colored winter citrus reduction is one part of the Bitter Handshake, a cocktail by Andrew Bohrer from Brad Thomas Parsons' book, Bitters.