76house-1We’re always asked, “what is the oldest bar in America?”

Those that are into bars might remark that it’s one of a handful around the country, like the Bell in Hand in Boston, or Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Both are wrong: the building housing Lafitte’s is from 1761, but there’s no proof the bar has always been there, and the Bell in Hand opened in the 1800’s using the name of a bar from 1795.

The oldest bar in America is actually just north of New York City in the small town of Tappan, New York and it’s called the Old ’76 House (sometimes just ’76 House).

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old-fashionedBeginning mid-2011 and ending mid-2012 we took a pretty extensive road trip to find the oldest bars in the nation. During our journey we had a number of libations that stuck with us, that were noteworthy and worth recording, and that made us want to stumble back to the bar again and again.

But we also had a lot of pretty lousy drinks. It’s easy, we found, to screw up what would otherwise be a uncomplicated cocktail.

One in particular was the Old Fashioned. This otherwise unassuming and humble drink seems like it should be simple to whip up, but alas we found ourselves facing many a bartender that didn’t know how to mix three ingredients into one of America’s most distinguished drinks.

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 is Costco and there is Sam's Club.  

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 Rum Punch: An Ancient Drink Fit For A Country's Birthday

 

With the 4th of July just around the corner many are already planning their backyard festivities--probably composed of something on the grill and a variety of alcohol. After all, what's more American than a burger and a Bud on the lawn, right? But (yawn) hasn't that been done before?

 

Instead of the old standby why don’t you make this year's party both memorable and traditional by creating a batch of one of the most American of drinks: rum punch. Add a comment

 

Ask just about anyone what Chartreuse is and they’ll tell you it is a color, a shade of green as a matter of fact.  Few people know that Chartreuse is actually a spirit created by monks high in the French Alps which has a history over 400 years in the making.

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