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Drinkers’ Anorak – B is for Bourbon

\ Date: November 20, 2015
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Although bourbon is a form of whiskey, you wouldn’t win any favours in Scotland or US for calling it the “same thing”. Yes, bourbon is primarily a whiskey – a spirit distilled from fermented grain mash and then aged in wooden barrels – but the Americans are pretty strict about defining “bourbon”.

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Heat Busters

\ Date: November 20, 2015
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Malaysian weather is made for a long, and cool afternoon drink. That is, of course, if you obey two rules: (1) go for low-alcoholic drinks to avoid evening headaches, and (2) keep it simple and easy-to-make (hey, even bartenders like to take it easy during the mid-day heat). Here are some of my recommendations to make the best out of a lazy afternoon

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The Rules

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There’s nothing better after a late-night drinking session than heading to the lok-lok van to have your pick of steaming hot meatballs and tom yam-soaked foo-chuk. Granted, standing around the van called “Fat One” isn’t exactly a fine-dining experience, but that’s no excuse to revert back to our caveman days*.

So before you head off for your next lok-lok meal, keep in mind these cardinal rules.

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Bar Basics

\ Date: November 20, 2015
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No good host builds a home without a bar, or at the very least, a liquor cabinet. While the vast variety of alcohol – not to mention the hundreds of cocktail recipes and tools that go along with them – is enough to put off any beginner from stocking up, keep in mind that even the simplest bar set up can concoct a variety of drinks.

With that in mind, here are three essential liquors that will get you started on your journey to becoming the perfect host.

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Packing for the Break

\ Date: November 20, 2015
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In all their meticulous planning to look stylish for the holiday, most vacation-goers neglect to notice the most obvious flaw: that their luggage bags are worn down, garishly outdated, and about as durable as cheese cloth.

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5 Rules of The Executive Lunch

\ Date: November 20, 2015
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There was a time when having a few drinks with the boss or client during lunch was not only an acceptable practice, but a preferred one. Dubbed the “Three-Martini Lunch”, this was when deals were agreed and confidences were exchanged – all under the company’s expense account.

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Drinkers’ Anorak – C is for Campari

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Negroni with
the addition of gin

“What it is”

 

Created in Novara, Italy in 1860 by Gasparo Campari, the Northern Italian aperitivo was popularised in late-19th century when it became an essential element in the Milano-Torino (a mix of Campari and red vermouth), which later evolved into the Negroni with the addition of gin.

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Epic Music Festivals For The Weekend

\ Date: November 20, 2015
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Spending the regular weekend out in Changkat is fine and fun, but is hardly memorable. If you really want an epic weekend, it doesn’t take much: there are key music festivals in Asia that are only a short flight away, and you might just make it back in time for the office on Monday morning.

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