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The Essentials

lime wedge
The Details


2 oz vodka
lime wedge
2 bar spoons sugar


  • Muddle lime wedges and sugar at the bottom of a double old-fashioned glass.
  • Add vodka and top with ice.
  • Stir lightly and serve.
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