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Friday Musings: Innermost Circle

Friday Musings: Innermost Circle

I spend a lot of time thinking about inflammation. My mom had an autoimmune disorder called Schleroderma that eventually led to her death, so the topic is important to me on multiple levels. In this modern world that we live in, exposure to inflammation is a constant occurrence. It comes from pesticides in our foods, GMOs, environmental pollutants, chemicals in cleaning products, and so many other things that are part of our everyday lives. Our bodies can ward off a certain amount of

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Celestial Cocktail #7: The Ice Giant

Celestial Cocktail #7: The Ice Giant

We all knew someone growing up whose unfortunate name made us wonder what his or her parents were thinking. I always felt this way about Uranus. This is a celestial body, the third largest in the solar system and beautifully blue in color, yet it continues to be the one planet everyone is hesitant to even mention. let alone say is their favorite. It was named by a German astronomer, Johann Elert Bode, and we do actually know what he was thinking. Since Saturn was the mythological father of Jupiter,

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Monday Classics: Lion of Baltimore

Monday Classics: Lion of Baltimore

For today’s Monday Classic, I was super intrigued by a modern variation of the Manhattan cocktail found in Philip Greene’s book by the same name. I loved the idea that it followed the traditional recipe of two parts base spirit (in this case Jamaican Rum) to one part sweet vermouth, but it also included lime, orgeat, and pimento bitters. It made me think of an island version of a Manhattan, and I liked the idea of that, especially after my venture into the Tiki world with last Monday’s Sidewinder’s Fang. The only thing I didn’t have on hand was Pimento bitters, but I substituted St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram (which is a pimento based spirit) and Jack rudy aromatic bitters instead.

Cocktail names are so important to me, so I was excited to see that Greene provided the reasons behind his choice for this drink. During the war of 1812, the US Navy was not yet a powerful enough force to hold off the British fleet, so there were many private ships that helped out. The Lion of Baltimore was one of these American vessels. After the British burned the White House and plundered the Capitol, they headed for Baltimore under the command of General Robert Ross. The Lion was waiting for them in Bodkin Creek and met the British naval squadron that was sent up the bay. The British burned the Lion, but never captured Baltimore, and Ross was later killed by Maryland sharpshooters. His body was preserved in a cask of Jamaican rum and taken to Nova Scotia for burial. Greene and his father kept a sloop at Bodkin Creek, and he created this cocktail in the summer of 2013 after sailing the Chesapeake with him.

I kept the Jamaican rum for this cocktail because it was so vital to its identity, but you can be sure we’ll be experimenting with our own rums behind the bar at the distillery to come up with our own variation. The drink is exactly what Greene intended it to be: a Manhattan at heart, but with the spirit of an island cocktail that conjures up thoughts of “fair winds and following seas.”

Lion of Baltimore

2 oz Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Jamaican Rum
1 oz Dolin Rouge sweet vermouth
¾ oz fresh lime juice
¼ oz Giffard orgeat syrup
1 dash St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
1 oz Jack Rudy aromatic bitters

Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold. Greene’s recipe calls for it to be served in a cocktail glass, but I chose this one in honor of him and his father. No garnish. Enjoy!

Friday Musings: North On My Compass

Friday Musings: North On My Compass

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the idea of home, and what it actually means. I’ve always associated it with a sense of comfort, security, certainty, and where I felt most like myself. For me home is North on my compass, or the thing that grounds me and guides me as I make my way through life. I don’t consider this to be earth-shattering, but rather I think that most of us probably look at home in a similar way. So is it a location or place then for us, in a broad sense even, like the

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Celestial Cocktail #6: Encircle Me

Celestial Cocktail #6: Encircle Me

I can remember the first time I became aware of the fact that there were planets out there in space other than the one we lived on. It was a fascinating subject for me, and one that I could hardly fathom at times because of the sheer magnitude of it all. For me, there was no planet that was more captivating than Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, second largest, and, almost without question, the most beautiful of them all. Saturn is a gas giant, much like Jupiter, so it has no solid surface, but

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