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Our next cocktail in the Christmas Story Events series is the Annunciation. In biblical lore, the Annunciation is when the angel Gabriel visits Mary and breaks the news that she'll be carrying the Messiah. I know pregnant ladies aren't supposed to drink, but you tell me that if Gabriel showed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
With today's cocktail, we say goodbye to the Solstice cocktails and start a group that we're calling the Christmas Story Events. Basically, we chose a few significant events around Jesus's birth, and we're making a drink to celebrate it. (Drew - We might be a little buzzed from some cocktail... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
Ah regional festivals. It's in these settings that you truly begin to uncover the traditions and history of a culture. There's mud throwing in Korea, baby jumping in Spain, or even hair freezing in the Yukon. All a little quirky, all a little fun to be a spectator at. One... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
Next up in our Solstice or Festival of Light drinks, a cocktail celebrating Yaldā. What is Yaldā, you ask? To the tape (or, Wikipedia, in this case!) ... Shab-e Yalda ("Yalda night" Persian: شب یلدا‎‎) is an Iranian festival celebrated on the "longest and darkest night of the year," that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
Yule or Yuletide is, of course, a festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christianised reformulation resulting in the now better-known Christmastide (of course!). Now, there are about a b'zillion Yule traditions (Yule boar, Yule goat, Yule hunts, Yule singing .. all kinds of Yule). But one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
So here it is, our fourth (FOURTH!) cocktail calendar for the holiday season. Who knew so many cocktails could be made? Who knew so many drinks could be tested? Who knew so much booze could be hounded??? As mentioned in the intro post, this year's theme focuses on traditions around... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
Well .. it's December 1st, fellow booze hounds. And you know what that means? Time for the Trgovac Cocktail Advent Calendar! We're doing full Advent this year - December 1 to 24. We got off to a bit of a rough start (But it's booze, you say. You love booze!),... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
You can also browse by cover Week of February 1, 2016 02.07.16: SUPER BOWL SUNDAY Bonus Show: Tina Fey & Margot Robbie, Will Ferrell, Megyn Kelly 02.05.16: Bobby Cannavale, Donny Deutsch | Charles Kelley, musician - "The Driver" from The Driver (album) 02.04.16: Michael Strahan, Samantha Bee | Wilco, musicians... Continue reading
You can also browse by cover Week of February 1, 2016 02.04.16 - Lilly Singh, YouTuber - A Trip to Unicorn Island (YouTube movie) 02.03.16 - Hannibal Buress, comedian - Comedy Camisado (Netflix special) 02.02.16 - Peter Bergen, journalist & author - United States of Jihad: The Untold Story of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
Hello, fellow cocktail drinkers. Here we are at the penultimate cocktail in our Twelve Days of Christmas cocktail calendar. For the cocktails thus far, we've made some connection to the given verse of the carol, whether it was a literal ingredient or inspired by the words or tone of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2016 at A Bitter Spirit
You can also browse by cover Stephen is off until January 4, 2016 Week of December 14, 2015 12.18.15 - Mandy Patinkin (no book), Kayvon Beykpour (no book), Leon Bridges 12.17.15 - Michael Moore (no book), Samantha Power, Michael C. Hall & the cast of Lazarus 12.16.15 - Robert De... Continue reading
Here we are at the half way point of our cocktails and, even better than that, we're at the last of our bird days! Now, swans have a reputation for being cranky, even downright mean. But instead of focussing on this somewhat questionable personality trait for our cocktail's genesis, we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at A Bitter Spirit
Well, here we are on the Third Day of Christmas which, coincidentally, happens to be half way through the gifts of birds in the song. Seriously! If any "true love" decided to gift us that many different kinds of fowl, we'd have to reconsider the future of that relationship. Regardless,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at A Bitter Spirit
Well, it's that time of year again (finally!). As we mentioned in the previous post, instead of an advent calendar (24 days prior to Christmas), we're doing a 12 Days of Christmas cocktail series - the days between Christmas and Epiphany. We're using the 12 Days of Christmas carol lyrics... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2015 at A Bitter Spirit
Well, it's time for our annual Cocktail Advent Calendar! And the theme is ... our schedules are crazy. BUT, there is some good news. Instead of an Advent Calendar (Dec 1 to 24), we're doing the 12 Days of Christmas (Dec 25 to Jan 6 - Christmas to Epiphany)! So... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at A Bitter Spirit
Well, it happened. First, Jon announced he was leaving the show which I was absolutely too devastated to write about. And now, they've announced his replacement: Trevor Noah. I don't know a lot about Trevor. I have enjoyed his pieces on The Daily Show. So, we'll see what happens. Mic... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
You can also browse by cover Weeks of December 21, 2015 & December 28, 2015 Daily Show off for 2 weeks. See you in 2016! Week of December 14, 2015 12.17.15 - Will Ferrell, actor - Daddy's Home (film) 12.16.15 - Will Smith, actor - Concussion (film) 12.15.15 - Pusha... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at Books Featured on The Daily Show
The carol inspiration for today's drink is (It Must've Been Ol') Santa Claus by Harry Connick, Jr. Recorded for his 1993 album When My Heart Finds Christmas, the song proved to be a funky and jazzy addition to the holiday repertoire. When we think of New Orleans (hometown of HCJ),... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Today's cocktail is inspired by the modern classic, Feliz Navidad. Written by José Feliciano in 1970, the simplicity of the Spanish and English verses resonated internationally and soon it became one of the most played and recorded Christmas songs in the world. When imagining the cocktail we'd be holding in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Thanks again for sending it! The taste is very interesting. I understand why Newfoundlanders call it "bakeapple". Nice, subtle apple flavour. With just a hint of "je ne sais quois" :)
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2014 on Day 15: Good King Wenceslas at A Bitter Spirit
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The carol for today's cocktail is Good King Wenceslas. The lyrics tell the story of the 10th century Duke of Bohemia, Saint Wenceslas I. Legend has it that he rose at night from his bed to bestow alms on widows, orphans, prisoners and others afflicted with various difficulties. While the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Well, we're into Day 14 of this year's cocktail Advent calendar. We've completed our celebration of Mary and have moved into our Week 3 theme: Spirit of the Season. This is nice and vague and covers anything from Christmas greetings to holiday activities. So we're starting off with the most... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Our cocktail inspiration for today is The Cherry Tree Carol, a Child ballad based on an apocryphal story about Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. While traveling through a cherry orchard, Mary asks Joseph to pick a cherry for her. He refuses saying "get your baby daddy to pick your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Today's cocktail inspiration comes from the contemporary song, Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song). Christian country singer Amy Grant first heard a version of the song when the composer, Chris Eaton, was a member of her touring band. Pregnant at the time, Grant thought the music and the chorus fit perfectly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit
Our cocktail today is inspired by the carol, Jesus Christ the Apple Tree, a hymn that Drew often used to sing in his university choir. There are two origin stories of this carol. One - that it references the apple tree in Song of Solomon which is often interpreted as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at A Bitter Spirit