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This week: The Giuseppe Palmer at Caragiulo's

The drink: Bourbon, limoncello and Earl Grey tea, garnished with mint leaves. Of course, this is a take on the classic Arnold Palmer (tea and lemonade) beverage, the alcoholic version of which is sometimes called a John Daly, which amuses me. In this case, you can taste equal parts bourbon, tart limoncello and Earl Grey, which gives it a more floral flavor than your traditional Arnie Palmer--a note that's played up by the mint, too.

The bar: A Sarasota classic on Palm Avenue, the long straight bar opposite walls lined with Italian movie posters, moody ambiance balanced by chatty downtown professionals.

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Caragiulo's Sophia Loren

Food: Caragiulo's menu spans all the Italian-American classics, including fancier bar fare like jars filled with chicken liver pate or whipped lemon ricotta served with Tuscan toast.

Other notable potables: A selection of classic cocktails with a little added Italian flare, like the "Lower Manhattan" with Averna liqueur, or the Italian margarita with amaretto, or the "Sophia Loren" with vodka, grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur.

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