Monday Classics: The Jungle Bird

Monday Classics: The Jungle Bird

The Jungle Bird is a fairly modern cocktail that falls into the classic category of tiki drinks that was extremely popular back in the 1940s and 50s, and has been experiencing a resurgence since then. I read a recent article written by Colleen Graham for thespruce.com in which she does an excellent job of defining the tiki category. There are a number of things that characterize a tiki drink and give it it’s signature taste and presence. First, there’s usually rum, and often more than one kind of it. This thrills

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Friday Musings: Kicking and Screamng

Friday Musings: Kicking and Screamng

As you all know, I have a new granddaughter who is just one-month-old as of yesterday, and she has brought such a particular sense of joy into my life. It continues to amaze me that there is a new little person in the world who is connected to me in such a profound way. That joy doubles for me because I have a son and daughter-in-law who have shared her with me so willingly, right from the experience of her birth, and I already feel as though we have something special going on between us. Everyone said

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Summer Thoughts Cocktail #2: Batter Up

Summer Thoughts Cocktail #2: Batter Up

Everyone knows that baseball is America’s favorite pastime. It conjures up thoughts of summer for us in much the same way as cold beer, lemonade, blueberry pie, and strawberry jam do. For me, just the sound of a baseball game on television makes me think of summers in the house I grew up in with my parents. It was a house with no air conditioning, and summers in New Jersey could get hot and humid with many days in the nineties, but after the first heat wave we’d get used to it. We’d sleep at night with a

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Monday Classics: The Pisco Sour

Monday Classics: The Pisco Sour

There are few drinks that encapsulate the idea of a classic cocktail in quite the same way as a whiskey sour does. Beneath a thick head of foam dotted with angostura bitters, there lies that refreshing blend of sugar and citrus that can be so incredibly satisfying. Maybe that’s why barman Victor Vaughen Morris immediately out a version of the whiskey sour on his bar menu when he opened the Morris Bar in Lima back in 1903. Since he was in Peru, Morris had Pisco at his disposal, which is an unaged brandy distilled

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Friday Musings: You Bring Me Joy

Friday Musings: You Bring Me Joy

If I asked you the question “What brings you joy?” would you be able to answer it? Not just happiness, not contentment, or satisfaction, but pure joy. I’ve come to believe that it’s one of the rarest emotions we feel as adults, and yet it was probably one that we felt most often when we were young. In fact, I think if you observe kids of different ages, you can see that the joyful moments become less and less frequent the older they get. It’s as if the heaviness of the world starts pressing down and joy has no room to breathe,

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