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Month: March 2017

Friday Musings: The Whiskey Ginger gets a makeover

Friday Musings: The Whiskey Ginger gets a makeover

There are a number of drinks that I think we all order without giving very much thought to the ingredients that go into them. A vodka club is one, rum and coke is another, a gin and tonic makes 3, and then there’s the whiskey ginger. There’s nothing wrong with any of these drinks. To the contrary, they’re simple, reliable, and inexpensive, and we can ask for them without feeling foolish or pretentious. But can I just interject here and say that they may also be just a little bit… boring, maybe? And that they make us just a

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Thursday Barlogue: Time Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Thursday Barlogue: Time Restaurant, Philadelphia, PA

Last week I had the opportunity to spend an evening at the whiskey bar at Time Restaurant on Sansom Street in Philadelphia talking with Ashley Kane, a bartender there who is also responsible for the cocktail program. The seasonal drink menu at Time changes 4 times a year, with the selections following a theme that Ashley creates. The current theme is 80s music and all the names of the drinks on the list are puns on popular songs from that decade. Their flavors are somewhat lighter and more spring forward, including

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The Bronx in Winter: A modern day riff on the classic cocktail

The Bronx in Winter: A modern day riff on the classic cocktail

Having been derailed yesterday by a National Pi Day Old-Fashioned and an oh-so-tempting Kentucky Bourbon pecan pie, I am back on schedule with a modern day riff on Monday’s classic Bronx cocktail. I did some searching, but was unable to find any recipes that were actually present day takes on the Bronx. Not to worry – I was more than happy to come up with my own interpretation! In keeping with the spirit of the original drink, I wanted to create something that was still light and refreshing, but different enough to be

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Happy National Pi Day!!

Happy National Pi Day!!

My plan for today was to serve up a modern day riff on the Bronx cocktail, but I received a package in the mail yesterday from Coopers’ Craft in Kentucky with an invitation to celebrate National Pi Day. Once again, who knew there was such a thing?? I certainly didn’t, but it makes sense that today would be the day; it’s 3/14 and pi is 3.14159… you get the idea. Coincidentally, it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday. Anyway, included in the box was a bottle of Coopers’ Craft toasted wood bourbon and their Kentucky

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Monday Classics: The Bronx Cocktail

Monday Classics: The Bronx Cocktail

Moving on to our next cocktail named after 1 of the 5 New York city boroughs, today’s Monday Classic is the Bronx cocktail. The original Waldorf Hotel (before it became the famous Waldorf-Astoria) was located in the space that the Empire State Building currently occupies. It was built in 1893 by Henry Hardenbergh, who was commissioned by William Waldorf Astor to design a hotel that would be the largest and most luxurious in the world. The Waldorf had a bar in it called The Big Brass Rail, which became a frequent

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