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Month: July 2017

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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Summer Thoughts Cocktail #1: Lemonade Stand

Summer Thoughts Cocktail #1: Lemonade Stand

Once I finished up my Zodiac Cocktail series last week, I began searching for an idea for something new that I could post about each Wednesday. I entertained the thought of books or even movies, and I still may do those in the future, but they just didn’t capture my attention enough at the moment to know for certain that that’s the way I wanted to go. My middle son, Zachary, offered up a suggestion that truly intrigued me: cocktails that go along with summertime things like carnivals, a day at the beach, a

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Monday Classics: The Cape Codder (or the Vodka Cranberry)

Monday Classics: The Cape Codder (or the Vodka Cranberry)

As someone who loves making cocktails, one of the things that’s most fun for me is to listen in on what other people are ordering when they’re out. Sometimes it makes me crazy; you all know by now how I feel about the ubiquitous vodka club. Recently I was sitting at a bar taking note of the number of vodka cranberries that were being ordered. It’s a drink that’s fairly popular year round, but since it’s a summertime drink in Massachusetts known as The Cape Codder, it’s not surprising that it sees a

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