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About Lesley Jacobs Solmonson

Lesley Jacobs Solmonson has been writing about food and drink for over fifteen years. Her cocktail book "The 12 Bottle Bar", co-written with her husband David Solmonson, was released in July 2014. Prior to that, she wrote “Gin: A Global History” (Reaktion, 2012); she is currently working on “Liqueur: A Global History” (Reaktion). She is a senior editor at Chilled magazine, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of SoFAB Magazine and the cocktail/spirits writer for the LA Weekly. Lesley serves on the Advisory Board of the Museum of the American Cocktail.
Latest Posts | By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
On Friday the 13th, Bartenders Choose Their Go-Tos
5 years ago

On Friday the 13th, Bartenders Choose Their Go-Tos

Thirteen Bottles of Booze in the Bar

Do you have Paraskevidekatriaphobia? That’s fear of Friday the 13th, although just having to pronounce the word itself is pretty scary. This recurring …
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The Bittersweet Allure of Orange Liqueur and How To Use It
5 years ago

The Bittersweet Allure of Orange Liqueur and How To Use It

In the annals of cocktail-ing, orange liqueur historically is the most used liqueur in recipes. Unfortunately, just picking up some orange liqueur and dosing it into a drink isn’t as …
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Pisco Packs a Punch
5 years ago

Pisco Packs a Punch

South America’s Potent White Spirit

As with many spirits, Pisco’s origins date back to European colonization of the new world. In the 1500s, Spaniards brought grapes to South America. Both …
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5 Must Mix Manhattan Variations
5 years ago

5 Must Mix Manhattan Variations

The Majestic Manhattan – Variations on a Theme

Ask any cocktail lover to name a classic drink and odds are the Manhattan will play heavily in that game. Granted the …
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Boilermakers for Super Bowl Sunday
5 years ago

Boilermakers for Super Bowl Sunday

It’s the American Thing to Do. Photo Credit: Paul Wagtouicz

There are few things more All-American than Super Bowl Sunday. So on the day of the big game, why not …
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5 Unusual Negronis
5 years ago

5 Unusual Negronis

Los Angeles Bartenders Take on the Negroni. When you mess with classic cocktail recipes, you better know what you’re doing. If you don’t, two things may happen.

First, you stand …
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The Irish Coffee: Two Bars, Two Recipes, One Glass of Whiskey – Tinged Heaven
5 years ago

The Irish Coffee: Two Bars, Two Recipes, One Glass of Whiskey – Tinged Heaven

Back in the day, the Shannon Airport in Ireland was known far and wide for its magical Irish Coffee.

Great, if you are at the airport. Not so great, if …
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Ice for a Price: Gläce Luxury Ice Company
5 years ago

Ice for a Price: Gläce Luxury Ice Company

“There was a time when ice was considered a luxury of kings, and of those who could afford it,” says Roberto Sequeira, founder of the Gläce Luxury Ice Company. “What …
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How to Create Your Own Spirited Infusions
5 years ago

How to Create Your Own Spirited Infusions

Every day, spirits makers offer new twists on flavor.

From herbal to spicy, fruity to tart, flavoring alcohol has a long history, going back to the healing elixirs of monks, …
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The Wonders of a Well-Made Hot Buttered Rum
5 years ago

The Wonders of a Well-Made Hot Buttered Rum

Pardon Me, Bartender, But There’s Some Butter in My Rum.

Just as the warm months conjure images of Mai Tais and Mojitos, a chill in the air seems to put …
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