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Tony Sachs
Tony Sachs has been writing about spirits and cocktails, among other subjects, since 2007, after the independent record store he owned and operated on Manhattan's Upper West Side went the way of most other independent record stores. Aside from HuffPost, Tony has written for Wine Enthusiast, Complex Magazine and Bar Magazine, to name a few. He is also the "as-told-to" guy for the autobiography of pianist/songwriter/performer/raconteur Irving Fields, The Pianos I Have Known.

Tony lives in Manhattan with his wife, daughter and cat. He is slightly obsessed with the New York Yankees, Frank Sinatra and dumplings. He can often be found at his home, trying to create the perfect mai tai.


Entries by Tony Sachs

Thinking Outside The Pad: Thai Cuisine & Cocktails to Celebrate Songkran

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 10:58 AM

When I was first asked if I was going to be attending an upcoming Songkran event, I nodded, tried to look jaded, and said in as noncommittal a voice as I could, "Yeah, I'm thinking about it but I'm kinda on the fence." And as soon as I was sure...

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Keeping The Spirit of Elaine's Alive by Nurturing Young Writers... And Partying

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2014 | 10:29 PM

My dad lived a couple of blocks from Elaine's for most of its storied existence. When I was a kid, always on the lookout for a new place to have lunch in his neighborhood, he'd pooh-pooh it. "It's a clip joint!" he'd say with sincere outrage. "And the food is...

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For St. Patrick's Day, New Whiskeys From Ireland! And Scotland, America, France, Taiwan...

(0) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:48 PM

There's a saying -- at least I read it on a t-shirt once -- that "everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day." Well, if that holds true for people, why not for whiskeys as well? Before you tell me why not, keep in mind that this was originally going to be a...

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Sick Of Winter? Stay Warm With These New Vodkas, Whiskeys, Rums & More

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:03 AM

Yesterday, it was 18 degrees when I took my daughter to school. This morning, it was 12 degrees. Tomorrow I don't have to take her to school... because Mother Nature's about to crap on us again with another 6-10 inches of snow to add to the mounds of gray slush...

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Eat Like a Horse: LuckyRice Festival Rings in Chinese New Year With Asian Cuisine & Cocktails in NYC

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 2:21 PM


It's not like New Yorkers need a special occasion to seek out amazing Chinese food. Being hungry is as legit a reason as any to schlep to Chinatown, Flushing, or any one of umpteen hot spots for the most unknown underground,...

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These Are a Few of My Favorite (Boozy) Things: Stuff I Liked in 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:03 PM

If you like drinking, you couldn't be living in a better time. Every month brings more fantastic new spirits on the market, more first-rate bars opening in more cities, more exciting distilleries launching. If you have to find a cloud in the silver lining, it's that we're not magically growing...

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Al Goldstein Made A Man Out Of Me

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2013 | 8:41 AM

I hit puberty many years before the internet became the portal to unlimited porn that it is today. Back in those days, the best chance a horny young boy had to see a naked lady was in purloined copies of our dads' Playboy magazines. Those were the days when the...

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The Last Minute Scotch Whisky Gift Guide: 12 Great Bottles Under $150 (OK, 11 Under and One Over)

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:56 AM

As the Christmas shopping days dwindle down to a precious few, you may find yourself confronted by the age-old dilemma: lots of gifts still to be purchased but not a lot of loot to spend. Let's say, hypothetically of course, that your friends like whisky, Scotch in particular. (Crazy, I know,...

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Celebrate Repeal Day And Made-in-New York Spirits Together

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:26 AM

Magnolia Whiskey. Cooks Rye. 33 Star Gin. Liquor brands which haven't exactly stood the test of time, whose names are all but lost to history. They, and many other now-forgotten brands, were distilled in New York, which had a pretty fair-sized distilling industry until 1920, when the 18th Amendment --...

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Mixology as Spectator Sport: What's the Deal With Bartending Competitions?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 4:35 PM

It's a sultry evening on the Strip in Las Vegas. On a hotel rooftop more than 40 bartenders are mixing cocktails, in shifts of seven or eight at a time, for pairs of attentive drinkers as a crowd of several dozen mills about. TV cameras hover nearby while a DJ...

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From $18 To $4,500, New Spirits To Tempt Your Taste Buds This Fall

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 9:31 PM

Every couple of months, when I've accumulated enough bottles of new and noteworthy spirits, I write them up in round-up pieces like this one. Sometimes they'll include a lot of the same type of spirits with the same general vibe, in roughly the same price range. But my favorite round-ups...

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8 New Whiskeys (and Whiskies) to Welcome Autumn (and Fall)

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 6:37 PM

You've gotta take the good with the bad, a wise man (I think it was the Isley Brothers) once said. As a hater of autumn, they're words I try to live by during this time of year. I may despise football and earlier sunsets and bare trees and campaign commercials,...

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Micky Dolenz Talks About The Monkees Present... And The Monkees' Future

(7) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 5:38 PM

It's kind of amazing to realize that the Monkees in their original incarnation were around for less than four years, from the debut of their TV show and their first hit single, "Last Train To Clarksville," in the fall of 1966 until remaining members Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones finally...

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(End of) Summertime Booze: 8 New Spirits to Ring Out Summer & Ring in Fall

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Come Labor Day, most of us put away the white shoes and linen outfits. But just because your warm weather clothing is in mothballs doesn't mean your warm weather liquor should be. True, mojitos, margaritas and chilled aperitivos pair perfectly with sultry summer afternoons. And those crisp fall nights are...

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Three New & Rare Cognacs That Cost More Than a Trip to Paris

(1) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 10:08 AM

For a long time, I thought I didn't like cognac. To my uneducated palate it tasted like licking a piece of wood before drinking grain alcohol. But as the years passed, I got a little older, a teensy bit wiser, my tastes grew slightly more sophisticated -- and more importantly,...

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The Spirits of America: Ryes & Bourbons for Celebrating July 4th

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 11:22 AM

It's not like we need an excuse to drink bourbon and rye. I usually find that "It's Tuesday" or "It's partly cloudy out" or simply "I'm alive and I'm thirsty" are sufficient reasons. Because, you see, bourbon and rye -- also known as American whiskeys -- are among the most...

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This Father's Day, Give the Gift of Gin

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 10:14 AM

When my wife was pregnant and I was panicking about anything a stay-at-home dad-to-be could possibly panic about, three words kept me sane. In fact, they became a mantra of sorts, which I delightedly repeated whenever thoughts of dealing with years of poopy diapers, baby puke and other assorted infant...

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The 2013 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Wrap-Up: Big Apple Boozy Bliss

(4) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:49 PM

This was, according to a lot of naysayers, the year the Manhattan Cocktail Classic was going to crash and burn. A mere four years after its inception, it had gotten too big, too corporate, too expensive, too... uncool. A few high-profile bars decided not to participate. A whole lot of...

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The Nyah-Nyah Factor: 5 Whiskies With Snob Appeal

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 10:30 AM

What is it about rare whisky that makes it so enticing, so desirable, so irresistible? Is it the packaging? The care and expertise that's gone into making the spirit? The time it's taken to age it? Well, yes yes and yes, to a certain extent. But it's something more than...

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Come Drink With Me: Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select Whiskey Salutes Ol' Blue Eyes

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 1:52 PM

In today's enlightened cocktailian age, it's weird to think that Frank Sinatra's favorite drink was Jack Daniel's on the rocks with water. I mean, the guy had been around the world a few times, both literally and figuratively. He must have had the opportunity to try anything and everything. The...

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