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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

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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Rethinking Fall Cocktails

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 9:59 AM

While summer cocktails conjure up a specific image -- usually of tiny umbrellas and slices of watermelon -- autumn brings about libations that are, shall we say, less photogenic. The dearth of the fresh ingredients that make summer drinks such colorful beachside accompaniments force harvest season cocktails into a comparatively...

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It's Time to Give Gin Another Chance

(8) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 12:40 PM

One of my worst drinking memories dates back to my Freshman year of college. It was one of the last days of school and the campus was mostly deserted. There were no parties or roaming caravans of students in search of a buzz that we'd relied on all year. So...

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5 Amazing Summer Cocktails and 5 Easy Tips on How to Make Them

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 11:07 AM


In the dead of summer there is no better supplement to rest and relaxation than a cocktail. Best enjoyed outside, poolside or seaside -- basically anywhere not on the stoolside of a bar -- summer drinks are often a do-it-yourself endeavor. But being a...

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Spider-Man Would Make an Amazing Bartender

(1) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 3:03 PM

While watching the latest Spider-Man movie I started thinking (always a bad sign during a superhero movie) that even beyond the supernatural elements, superhero films don't really make much logical sense. Consider this, all superheroes have two identities. Their superhero persona, which is an anonymous free-standing force for good, and...

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The Best Bartender in New York Is Fired for Doing His Job

(3) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 7:05 PM

Business Weekly broke the News Wednesday night and the New York Times confirmed it on Friday morning that bartender Doug Quinn of P. J. Clarke's in Manhattan, who many considered to be the gold standard of the old guard of bartenders, had been fired. Mr. Quinn...

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What Caring About What Your Drink Says About You, Says About You

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 6:50 PM

If you google "what your drink says about you" you'll get an unending list of articles that claim to decipher what a given drink choice reveals about who you are. For example, if you drink a rum and coke one website declares you "don't know to try any thing else"...

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