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Tom Macy
Tom Macy is a cocktail creator, writer, consultant, maven and head bartender at Clover Club in Carrol Gardens, Brooklyn.

Entries by Tom Macy

Thanksgiving Cocktails With a Culinary Approach

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 9:30 PM


Last year just before Thanksgiving, someone asked me if I could recommend a punch recipe that would take a long time to prepare. I believe his exact words were "I want a 30-minute punch." I was a bit taken aback, mainly because I...

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The Gowanus Canal Punch: What Could Be Scarier?

(1) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 10:38 AM

By my usual standards, a Halloween cocktail is really just a fall cocktail.  I tend to think of cocktails fitting into a season or mood, not an occasion.  So a Christmas cocktail is a winter cocktail, a birthday cocktail depends on when your birthday...

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4 Cocktails to Make the Transition Into Fall

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 1:45 PM

Fall is in the air, the days are getting shorter and Oktoberfest and Pumpkin spice lattes out in full force. But on those days when summer's warmth lingers, acting like it's the middle of November just don't feel quite right to me....

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4 Essential Liquor Infusions to Close Out Summer

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 4:26 PM


Infusing a spirit is one of the best and easiest ways to add a new flavor to a cocktail. The method couldn't be simpler, combine the ingredient with your spirit of choice and let them sit. How long depends on what you're infusing....

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How to Rock Frozen Drinks

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 2:14 PM

In the summer when the heat goes from hot to sweltering, just shaking a cocktail with ice isn't enough. Blender drinks may have garnered a bad rap at the hands of synthetic premixes and slushy machines, but if you use fresh ingredients and keep them balanced, they can be incredible....

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It's Time to Take Back the Daiquiri

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 5:22 PM


The daiquiri is one of my favorite cocktails of all time. It's up there with an Old Fashioned and Manhattan. Many people are surprised when they hear that, which is understandable. Because most so-called "daiquiris" are neon colored goop that come from a...

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Three Bottles (and Cocktails) for Father's Day

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 4:46 PM

Planning on giving Dad a nice bottle bottle of booze and sharing drink this Father's Day? Why not take it a step further? Give him the bottle and then make the two of you a high-class cocktail with it. Here are three...

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The Perfect Gin and Tonic: Simple, But Not a Given

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 2:51 PM

It may seem superfluous to write an article about making a gin and tonic. There are just two ingredients (three if you count the lime wedge) and it's one of the most common cocktails there is. But if you love them as much as I do, you don't want common,...

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Hot Toddies Are the Only Good Thing About Winter

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 1:44 PM


During the most grueling weeks of winter there's not much you can do but try and find something, anything, to help you cope. For me, the only silver lining amidst the ice, slush, salt, biting winds and unpredictable weather predictions, is a piping,...

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A Guide to Making Your Ultimate Manhattan

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 4:59 PM


With the holidays behind us and the roughest part of winter still ahead, this is the time of year when I keep my head down and just try to survive until baseball season. So when cocktail hour rolls around that means sticking to...

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Ditch the Carton: How to Make Amazing, Easy Egg Nog

(5) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 10:41 AM

The first time I set out to make egg nog from scratch I was prepared for it to be an undertaking. I assumed people relied on the pre-mix for the same reason they bought ready-made pie crust - it's just that much less work. But I could not have been...

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It's Mulling Time

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 12:00 PM

If you're thinking about serving a round of cocktails as guests arrive this Thanksgiving, once you consider the logistics of such an undertaking - "do I really want to be making cocktails while I put the finishing touches on dinner?" - you might be tempted to just hand out wine...

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This Fall, Drink More Apple Brandy

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Of the thousands of cocktail recipes out there, the vast majority of them have base spirits from just a handful categories: gin, rum, whiskey, tequila and vodka. But there are several unique and delicious spirits beyond these standard options that are more than worthy of being the foundation of your...

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Make the Perfect Old-Fashioned

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Each year when the first cool autumn breeze signals the change of seasons, I know it's time to rearrange of my liquor cabinet. It's a simple process: gin and white rum are pushed to the back as the whiskey comes front and center.

When talking whiskey and cocktails, the conversation...

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This Labor Day, Make a Punch

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 6:30 PM

If you're looking to offer an cocktail alternative to the standard cooler of beer at your Labor Day barbecue, the prospect can quickly become daunting. Mixing drinks for a group while upholding the standards of finely crafted cocktails is when the desire for a bottle sour mix or a plastic...

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Is It Ever OK to Call Yourself a Mixologist?

(18) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 11:04 AM

Before I begin let me just say now: To those bartenders who think calling yourself a mixologist is an excuse for serving drinks with a frown at a snail's pace, you are morons and are giving the rest of us a bad name. This article isn't even acknowledging your kind.

Now that...

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Fatherhood And Life After Bartending

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2013 | 9:37 AM

When I was hired as a barback at Clover Club I was 25, loved to drink, stay up late and sleep til noon, it was a barman's life for me. Now just over 4 years later I'm bartending full time, pushing 30 and three days ago I became a father.

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Why Are Cocktails Important?

(2) Comments | Posted February 7, 2013 | 4:37 PM

The main complaint about cocktails these days is that they're pretentious. This image is only perpetuated when they're served by a bunch of seemingly elitist bearded bartenders (people are always compelled to point out the beards) who obsess over antiquated drinks that cost the price of an entree and ultimately...

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Holiday Hazards -- How to Avoid Over-Boozing This Season

(1) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 4:22 PM

Over indulgence on holiday cheer may be an even bigger hazard than the serial eating ritual we perform this time of year. The trouble with booze is that unlike food you don't get full. More than likely your appetite will increase. After all it's never the person who has too...

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The Yankees Win an ALDS Series That -- Gasp -- Isn't Against the Twins

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 1:34 PM

After the Yankee's outlasted the Orioles on Friday my compulsion to celebrate and drink champagne was stronger than after similar wins in the past. Somehow it seemed more remarkable than just any division series. But that doesn't make sense, the Yankees are no stranger to the playoffs, they practically have...

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