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Month: August 2017

Friday Musings: Your Morning Coffee

Friday Musings: Your Morning Coffee

The other day I came across a quote by Johnny Cash in which he was asked for his description of paradise, to which he answered “This morning, with her, having coffee.” I fell in love with the quote the moment I saw it and almost immediately posted it on my Instagram. He was speaking, of course, about his wife, June Carter Cash. Something about the image of the two of them having coffee together, and the fact that he attached such significance to it, truly warmed my heart. It made me

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Summer Thoughts Cocktail #5: Poolside

Summer Thoughts Cocktail #5: Poolside

The last house that we lived in had an in-ground pool in the back yard that became the focus of many summer celebrations and gatherings over the years that we lived there. It was a wonderful thing to have, especially with 3 kids, since it meant there was no need to pack up the car and drive anywhere. We could simply wander outside whenever we wanted to, and then back inside again for lunch and a nap. There was a huge deck that overlooked the pool, and we planted lots of flowers in built-in boxes

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Monday Classics: Cobble Hill

Monday Classics: Cobble Hill

On of the most iconic and widely recognized classic cocktails is the Manhatten. I’ve written about it a number of times on this blog; in fact, it was one of my earliest posts last September. One of the things that makes the Manhatten such a classic is its simplicity. With only three ingredients to work with, it’s a drink you’d better make well if you want to be respected as a bartender, home or otherwise. The Manhatten is also all about balance. Again, with so few ingredients at play, there’s

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Friday Musings: Follow me

Friday Musings: Follow me

This Friday Musings post begins with a question: when it comes to making a choice about something, do you follow your heart or head? Do you place more faith in your intuition or in your ability to reason? I suppose some of you might answer that it depends on the decision being made. There are certain matters that are better off decided by our heads, like those related to jobs, or finances, or education. You could make that argument. And you could just as easily try to convince

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Monday Classics: Gordon’s Breakfast

Monday Classics: Gordon’s Breakfast

Today’s Monday Classic is a far more modern cocktail created by Sasha Petraske, founder of Milk and Honey in New York City, and one of the earliest pioneers of the craft cocktail movement in this country. Petraske believed in the freshest of ingredients, impeccable technique and service, and recipes that are modern spins off of five types of drinks: the Old Fashioned, the Martini or Manhatten, the Sour, the Highball, and the Fix. Petraske helped to launch the careers of many modern bartenders

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