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When it comes to cocktails, Simon Ford is the guy to know. Our man needs a few well-deserved days off after spending the past weekend running game at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, the drinking event of the year. In the meantime, check out five of our favorite columns from his Drink Ford Tough weekly series:

  1. The 7 Most Influential Cocktails Of All Time
    Simon takes on the daunting task of listing the cocktails that have most inspired today’s drinks. He also gives the recipe for The Penicillin, a whiskey-based drink from Milk & Honey in New York.
  2. How To Tip Your Bartender Correctly No Matter Where You Are In The World
    Brush up on your bar tipping knowledge, from dive bars to table service to cocktail lounges. Simon discusses the various nuances of tipping, including cash vs. card, drinking on the house and being served overseas.
  3. How To Get The Most Out Of Daytime Drinking
    We all love day drinking. In this column, Simon provides us with some pointers for drinking during the day, along with some classic daytime cocktail recipes, including the traditional British Pimm’s Cup.
  4. Great Mysteries Of The Martini, Solved
    Simon confronts commonly asked martini questions, such as gin vs. vodka, stirred vs. shaken and wet vs. dry. He concludes with a few general martini-making tips: remember — with martinis, smaller is better.
  5. Advice For The Novice Bartender
    Learn some basic tips to keep in mind when mixing drinks at home. Apply these pointers, and you’ll quickly forget about all those mediocre drinks you’ve been making.

Be sure to look out for Drink Ford Tough next week, when he’ll give tips on how to preserve your integrity while drinking at dive bars (yes, we promise it’s possible).