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The cocktail world says goodbye to Milk and Honey visionary Sasha Petraske

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Christina Izzo

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Sasha Petraske, the cocktail-world titan behind such esteemed New York bars as Little Branch, Middle Branch, Dutch Kills and, most notably, the game-changing Milk and Honey, passed away today in Hudson, NY. He was 42. Though cause of death is still unknown, it is reported that Petraske was temporarily living in Hudson as part of a consulting job.

Petraske's Milk and Honey, which would go on to launch a sibling outpost in London, is widely credited as pioneering the modern speakeasy movement and served as training ground for some of the city's most accomplished barkeeps, including Pouring Ribbon's Toby Malone. We mourned the loss of the original Milk and Honey when it shuttered on New Year's Eve 2012, and now we join a city of cocktail lovers in mourning the man at its heart. Here's to you.

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