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2009

Classic Cocktails, Twitter Taste-Offs: The Drinking Trends of 2009

1. Cheap and Cheerful
The economy has got people drinking cheaper bottles of wine. But learning something along the way. As a sommelier in a high-end restaurant told me, “Maybe wine drinkers are learning that often what makes wine expensive is not only high quality, but things like fashion and availability.”

2. DIY Everything
Bartenders started the DIY trend a couple of years ago by making their own bitters. But now witness the portfolio of shrubs (syrups made from fresh fruit and vinegar) from Nopa’s Neyah White and the tonic water made with cinchona bark and assorted herbs and flowers from her backyard made by Pizzaiolo’s Cate Whalen. What’s next? Glass blowing?

Guide To Pride: Where to Eat Within Walking Distance of the Party

With all the midday drinking, cheering along the parade route, and pre- and post- partying that are de rigeur during Pride, you’re bound to work up a killer appetite. With road closures and nary a cab in sight, our food editors have chosen places within an easy walk of the festivities.

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