alcohol and how to mix it....
From Esquire, comes the ultimate guide to all things alcoholic...

This section is guided by the belief that not all drinks are created equal: that some-most-are syrupy swill fit only for the binge-drinking co-ed and the pledge who's trying to pin her. Others, however, are alchemy in action, the transformation of humble spirits into a nectar not unfit for the gods. Here's how to make those drinks (and some classic variations).

Every man should know how to make at least one drink from a foreign country, preferably one taught to him by a local female with whom he has had a complicated, unresolved, and quite possibly dangerous dalliance.

as an ex-bartender...
jones: i gotta say...this link is incredibly detailed and really on top of it. if you're ever just looking for a drink recipe...this site is bound to have it.
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potatono: Right down to the number of ice cubes.. Nice one.