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Month: February 2017

Tomorrow is Another Day: An Updated Scarlett O’Hara

Tomorrow is Another Day: An Updated Scarlett O’Hara

While researching yesterday’s post I came across a cocktail in Dale De Groff’s The Craft of the Cocktail book called the Scarlett O’Hara. This drink was named, of course, after one of the main characters in Margaret Mead’s Gone With the Wind, who was later immortalized by actress Vivien Leigh in the 1939 film adaptation of the same name. Scarlett is a complicated figure, completely self-absorbed, guilty of petty jealousies, and scornful of everyone around her, leading many people

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Monday Classics: The Marlene Dietrich Cocktail

Monday Classics: The Marlene Dietrich Cocktail

On one corner of the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, California in the 1930s, there stood a hotel named the Hollywood Hotel. Built in 1902, it had become a place where many of the most famous movie stars stayed while working on films. Despite the fact that Prohibition was in full force during this time, actors were looking for alcohol and many private venues were opened to answer that demand. One such place that sprung up on another

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Friday Musings: Can I Get a Witness?

Friday Musings: Can I Get a Witness?

I’ve been thinking a lot about love this week. Who hasn’t been? This past Tuesday was Valentine’s Day after all. Whenever I think about love and marriage, I am always reminded of a scene in the movie Shall We Dance? where Susan Sarandon’s character gives a definition of marriage that has always been a game changer for me. She believes that people enter into long term relationships because they need a witness to their lives. When you marry someone you’re saying to them “your life

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Thursday Roundup: Essentials for the Basic Home Bar

Thursday Roundup: Essentials for the Basic Home Bar

You find yourself entranced by the sheer beauty of the cocktail above. You’re just dying to know how to make it at home. When you do you want it to be absolutely perfect… Sound familiar? It certainly does to me. I live it everyday because I’ve got the cocktail bug. Maybe you have it too. I can spend hours perusing recipes, reading about spirits, and trying to come up with things on my own. I love sitting at a bar where it’s abundantly clear that the bartender has an incredible passion for making

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Infusing Spirits. The Double Green Cocktail.

Infusing Spirits. The Double Green Cocktail.

Infusing spirits will take your cocktail making adventures to a whole new level. Although you can certainly bring flavor into a drink in other ways, like in a simple syrup, there’s a certain amount of subtlety that’s achieved when you infuse it instead. Additionally, making your own infusion allows you to avoid buying some of the positively awful flavored spirits that are available on the shelves right now. There are a few rules of thumb to the infusion process. First, use a high quality spirit to

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