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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

The New Old Thing: A Tasty Trio of New Old Tom Gins

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 10:48 AM

There's never been such a good time to be a Martinez drinker. Well, not in 100 years or so, at least. If you're wondering what a Martinez cocktail is, perhaps you should get acquainted with Old Tom gin. And in case you're wondering what Old Tom gin is, here's the...

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Of Carterhead Stills & Glasshouses: Bombay Sapphire's New Distillery At Laverstoke Mill

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 10:19 AM

I love gin. And normally, I could care less where it's made, as long as it tastes good in my martini or gin & tonic. But Bombay Sapphire's new distillery at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire, England, which is up and running and opening to the public on Oct. 1, is......

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Saying Goodbye (?) to Ichiro Suzuki

(22) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 11:49 AM

I love Derek Jeter as much as the next... well, as much as the next baseball fan who doesn't hate Derek Jeter. There seems to be a lot of both emotions going around as his farewell tour, which seems to have lasted almost as long as the rest of his...

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Geeking out With Bacardi's Brand Master About the New Facundo Rum Collection

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 9:38 AM

Bacardi is far and away the most popular brand of rum in the world, and according to the company, it's also the world's most awarded spirit. It also has a bit of an image problem. The Bacardi name is largely associated with an inexpensive, light, almost vodka-like rum that's meant...

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Glenlivet's $25,000 Whisky That's Actually a Bargain... Sort Of

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2014 | 11:30 PM

It's not often that one gets the opportunity to taste a 50-year-old single malt. I'm not talking about a bottle that's been gathering dust in Grampa's liquor cabinet, though that would be pretty cool, too. I mean a whisky that's actually been aged in oak for a full half-century without...

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Drink the Moon: The Luckyrice Moon Festival Cocktail Feast Comes to NYC

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Once upon a time -- back in the early days of the Bush Administration -- the serious pursuit of mixology was but a blip on the food/drink radar. Cocktails to accompany meals? Pshaw. Knowing the sources of your spirits and mixers? For heaven's sake, why? Taking what you drink and...

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Veggie Cocktails: Having Your Salad and Drinking It, Too

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 11:34 AM

For the past couple of years, whenever I've tried another one of the approximately four gazillion vegetable-based cocktails that have surfaced in finer watering holes across New York, I've said to myself, "Self, you've gotta write about your favorite veggie cocktails." And then I get sidetracked by another assignment to...

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Oyster Week In NYC: The Big Apple Becomes The Big Oyster

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 8:48 AM

You may think, hey, I know my oysters. There's big ones, little ones, briny ones, sweet ones, West Coast, East Coast. I even know a few names -- Wellfleet, Kumomoto, Bluepoint, and, um, did I say Wellfleet? And I know for sure they taste good with a big dollop of...

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An Interview With 6th Generation Rum Maker Roberto Serralles

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 2:56 PM

Roberto Serralles' family has been making rum in Puerto Rico since 1865, making it one of the oldest privately owned and operated companies in the U.S. and its territories. Serralles' flagship brand, Don Q, is stylistically a quintessentially Puerto Rican rum -- dry, light, clean, great for mixing.


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I Tried These 8 New Bourbons. What Happened Next Will Astonish You

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:24 AM

A funny thing about bourbon. Twenty, thirty years ago, it was the least sexy spirit this side of kirschwasser. In the whiskey pantheon, bourbon was the cheap stuff, the bottom-shelf booze, the uncouth corn likker for louts and hooligans. It got you drunk, it went down easy, but it was...

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Whisky Whisky Everywhere: The Latest Bottlings From Scotland

(1) Comments | Posted August 4, 2014 | 10:36 PM

It's August. Time to enjoy the dog days of summer, lazing by the pool with a trashy novel, some good tunes, a healthy dab of sunscreen and... a dram of Scotch whisky?! Hey, why not? Scotch is delicious -- too delicious to wait for sweater weather to drink it. Especially...

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Nomad: Scotch Whisky with a Spanish Soul

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 8:18 AM

Scotch whisky has been around for an awfully long time -- more than 500 years, in fact. By now you'd think that every visionary distiller and novelty-minded charlatan would have explored and exploited every possible wrinkle in the whisky-making process. But every now and then a whisky comes along that's...

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Rum, White and Blue: American Rums for July 4th

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 11:08 AM

Every July 4th, you hear a whole lot about American whiskey, and with good reason -- drinking bourbon and rye from the good ol' US-of-A is a pretty terrific way of celebrating our independence from the gin-guzzling Brits. It doesn't hurt that whiskey, rye at least, has a connection to...

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Retro Done Right: Michael Arenella's Jazz Age Lawn Party

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 12:12 AM


I'm a bit of a retro obsessive. I've grown sideburns and bought vintage cookbooks and polyester double-knit pullovers for a 1970-styled lounge party. For a "party like it's 1999"-themed shindig, I consulted the Billboard charts for a period-authentic playlist and started...

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This Father's Day, Get Dad the Good Stuff: Cognacs From $40-3,000

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:43 AM

As a dad -- a stay-at-home dad, no less -- I'd like to think that I'm speaking for all us fathers out there when I say that this year, instead of another ugly necktie or bottle of fancy aftershave, we, the great fatherhood collective out there, would like a bottle...

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The 2014 Manhattan Cocktail Classic Wrap-Up: 1/20 Century Old & Still Going Strong

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:34 PM

Can it really be five years? It seems like yesterday, that night in October 2009 that the Manhattan Cocktail Classic first reared its boozy head for a weekend-long cavalcade of spiritual education and general hijinks. Since then, the MCC has become an established institution in the Big Apple. Not to...

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Bourbons for Derby Day! Tequilas for Cinco De Mayo! And Other Spirits Just for the Heck of It!

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 12:49 PM

I started this piece out by writing about two new tequilas for Cinco de Mayo. Then I realized that it's also Kentucky Derby weekend, and hey, there are some good new bourbons out there as well. And then I tried a few really excellent new rums, a great Japanese whisky,...

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20 Years Later, Memories of Frank Sinatra in Concert

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 11:18 AM

Twenty years ago this week I saw Frank Sinatra in concert for the second and final time. In a lot of ways 1994 seems like yesterday -- even if hardly anyone knew what the Internet was and Derek Jeter wasn't yet the Yankees' shortstop and Justin Bieber wasn't even born...

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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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