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Much like last week's spate of rum trivia questions, I co-wrote a quiz all about gin last year (with the super-smart gin fanatic Kerry Greene.) And if I was sharing the rum questions, why not give you last year's gin... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Cocktailians
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As seen here earlier, I recently put together a trivia quiz all about rum. Here are the last few questions, along with my discussion of the answers. As before, I've obscured the answers by putting them in white text on... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Cocktailians
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As seen here earlier, I recently put together a trivia quiz all about rum. Here are the next few questions, along with my discussion of the answers. As before, I've obscured the answers by putting them in white text on... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Cocktailians
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As seen here yesterday, I recently put together a trivia quiz all about rum. Here are the next few questions, along with my discussion of the answers. As before, I've obscured the answers by putting them in white text on... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cocktailians
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I recently wrote a short trivia quiz on rum for my favorite online trivia league. (It's great! Generally it's six questions every weekday, and you play a different person each day, and there's a defensive element, and you get promoted... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Cocktailians
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The Eve is a delicious and easy infusion of McIntosh apples in dry vermouth, perfect as a pre-Thanksgiving aperitif. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2019 at Cocktailians
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I had the good fortune to be invited to a blind tasting of twelve remarkable Highland Park whiskies the other day, led by the great F. Paul Pacult. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2019 at Cocktailians
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The Trump Administration has announced that they're raising tariffs on many categories of imported goods, including some that come close to home for tipplers. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Cocktailians
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A couple days ago, I attended a fun event, the Season 8 kickoff and Tri-State regional competition for Speed Rack. Speed Rack is a timed and judged bartending contest, intended to raise the profile of female bartenders and raise money... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at Cocktailians
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For a nighttime sipping bourbon, I've been enjoying the 2018 release of the Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel lately. Michter's is an interesting brand with a complex history; it's an old brand name used by a couple different companies in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2018 at Cocktailians
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Celebrating the life of Alexander Hamilton through a history of the Founders' drinking habits, the political origins of the first American definition of "cocktail" in print, and a recipe for Whiskey Rebellion Punch. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2016 at Cocktailians
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All of us cocktailians -- and drinkers generally -- have a common hero. More than Harry Craddock, or Jimmy Russell, or Donn Beach, or even Jerry Thomas. No, who we really should bow down to is good ol' Ethyl Alcohol,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2014 at Cocktailians
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I used to never order an Old-Fashioned when going out to a bar, because I never knew what I'd get -- an inch-thick paste of smashed fruit goo at the bottom? A glass brimming with seltzer? (or worse, Sprite?) --... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Cocktailians
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Hi there! It's been a little while. Here are some things I've run across lately: Guys, I'm not sure, but I think Captain Morgan Taco Rum might be an April Fool; or whiskey toothpaste (but it actually did exist in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Cocktailians
Death in the Afternoon: how one forbidden ingredient, a bottle of bubbles, and the "arousing passion" of majestic bulls helped a Nobel Prize-winning author change the world.
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I picked up "Handcrafted Cocktails: The Mixologist's Guide to Classic Drinks for Morning, Noon & Night" by Molly Wellmann (Betterway Home, $24.99) when it came out a little while back. My friend Tizzie (of bourbon slush fame) put her on... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2013 at Cocktailians
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(Housekeeping note: I have a bunch of interesting books that have come my way over the past few months, and I'm hoping to get as many as possible reviewed before the end of the year.) One of the neat books... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Cocktailians
Well, I dunno about the "surprise" part, but the government is working again for the next little while at least, the days are getting chillier, and here are some interesting things I've seen around the Internets of late: the government... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at Cocktailians
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I've had some pretty good drinks in the past couple weeks, and wanted to showcase cocktails from three of the more interesting places I've had them. Thursday night, I had the Summer Silk (formerly the "Maïs d'Été") at Marseille in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2013 at Cocktailians
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Can you believe that Mixology Monday is 75 installments old this month? Paul Clarke's fantastic idea has sparked tons of creative cocktail recipes and writing over the years, and I really should participate more often -- the deadline and structure... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2013 at Cocktailians
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Bubbles are awesome. Who could argue? I drink a lot -- a lot -- of seltzer, because it's way more interesting than tap water. I probably go through about a liter a day, just for personal consumption -- more if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2013 at Cocktailians
(This image is an original woodcut by L.A. artist Loren Kantor, inspired by this film from 1913. So cool.) Some things that have crossed my path on the Internets lately: I neglected to link to my Eatocracy writeup on National... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Cocktailians
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If you'll recall from our last installment, we're investigating tonic water and trying to figure out which one is best. We've settled on a method, lined up judges, and introduced our contenders. Joanna, being a bona fide college professor and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Cocktailians
The Problem: It's still summer, and it can still be H-O-T out there.. And tropical levels of humidity demand something cool and refreshing. Maybe with bubbles and some lime, to cut the stickiness. In short, summertime demands a gin and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2012 at Cocktailians
There are many wonderful books on drinking, some of which truly reside in the canon of greatness. Gary Regan's The Joy of Mixology, David Embury's The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, Harry Craddock's The Savoy Cocktail Book...but the most entertaining... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Cocktailians