More Mingling, Less Mixing How to Batch Cocktails and Host Like a Pro

Porch Swing at Sundown

The food you’ve prepared is not quite ready, but at least all six of your guests have a drink in hand. The first round included two old fashioneds (one with rye and the other with bourbon), two beers, something “light and fruity” and a daiquiri—not to mention something for yourself. Opting for the simplest choice, you pour yourself a glass of whiskey, neat. 

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A Brief Intro to Scaffas – Room Temperature Cocktails

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Sometimes you don’t have patience, sometimes you don’t have ice, and other times you don’t have many ingredients to work with. Simplicity can be beautiful though. Sother Teague has been a long-time advocate of this style of drink known as the scaffa at his bar, Amor y Amargo.

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No Horse In The Race – The Unexpected Roots of the Mint Julep

The Classic Mint Julep
It’s an engulfing sensory experience—everything from the mound of crushed ice nestled in the frosted cup to the straw peeking through the hefty plume of fresh mint and delivering the sweet, chilled bourbon.The mint julep’s claim to fame may be the Kentucky Derby, but this drink isn’t reserved for the bougie flaunting oversized hats and seersucker suits. In fact, the mint julep predates the Kentucky Derby (and its original recipe didn’t exclusively feature bourbon). 

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DIY Homemade Coffee Liqueur and the Cocktails to Use it In

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Whether it’s to be added to heavy cream for a dessert libation or it’s a component of a more complex cocktail, coffee liqueur is not only simple to make—it’s one cocktail ingredient guaranteed to make you friends.

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Billionaire Cocktail

Billionaire Cocktail
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Course: Cocktail
Servings: 1
Author: Dushan Zaric, Employees Only - NYC


  • 2 ounces high-proof bourbon
  • 1 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • ½ ounces simple syrup
  • ½ ounces grenadine
  • ¼ ounces absinthe
  • lemon wheel garnish


  • Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.
  • Strain into a glass and garnish with a lemon wheel.