Friday Musings: Room in My Heart

Friday Musings: Room in My Heart

There is a wonderful thing that happens when you become a parent. It begins as the tiniest thought in those first few moments after you realize you’re about to have a baby, especially if it’s your first. “I’m going to bring a brand new little life into this world,” is what goes through your head. Am I right? Oh, the joy you feel! The wonder. The awe. As time goes on, a little bit of worry finds its way in. Will everything be ok? How will my life change? Will I have enough love, and time, and energy for everyone

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Monday Classics: Yule Mule

Monday Classics: Yule Mule

Many, many classic cocktails have a very muddled history where we find a multitude of bartenders, bar owners, and even authors claiming to have created their recipes. This is not the case with the Moscow Mule. The facts behind the story are almost completely unanimous and they go as follows. In the 1940s, John Hublein was the president of G.F. Heublein & Brothers, the company that made A-1 steak sauce. Hublein had purchased a small vodka label called Smirnoff back in the 30s in an effort to get

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Monday Classics: Midnight Coffee

Monday Classics: Midnight Coffee

For many cocktail drinkers, myself included, an Old-Fashioned epitomizes the idea of a classic drink. Its basic recipe provides a blank canvas that invites us to explore the idea of putting our own artistic spin on things. While working this past Saturday behind the bar at Cooper River Distillers, I had the opportunity to experiment with creating an Old-Fashioned with our Rye Oak Reserve rum, a distillery-made coffee liqueur, a rich simple from True Syrups & Garnishes, and a dash of orange bitters. You

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Tuesday Classics: November Storm

Tuesday Classics: November Storm

My search for today’s classic cocktail was motivated by the idea of landing on something that could work for Thanksgiving. I wanted it on the lighter side, and wanted it to be full of spice and thoughts of fall. The book Speakeasy has been an endless source of inspiration for me, and I’ve found myself reaching for it first when looking for ideas, especially recently. This week was no exception. There is a cocktail in it created by Employees Only bartender Milos Zica that is a riff on a Dark and Stormy that

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Friday Musings: My Favorite Jeans

Friday Musings: My Favorite Jeans

I think it’s fairly common to think of love in terms of analogies. Writers, poets, and song lyricists do it all the time. I’m particularly fond of comparisons, like those I made over the summer in the Parallel Tracks and Head-On Collision posts that talked about the different ways in which relationships begin. I found myself thinking about love recently in terms of clothing. Strange, you think? Maybe. But hear me out. Some loves are like that fabulous black dress that you wear on New Year’s Eve. It’s tight and

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