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Tuesday Booktails: The Brandy Old-Fashioned

Tuesday Booktails: The Brandy Old-Fashioned

For today’s Booktails post, I’m sticking with Around the World in 80 Cocktails by Chad Parkhill. As I mentioned in my first post in this series, this little book takes its readers on a thoroughly enjoyable journey around the globe, one cocktail at a time. Today we’re traveling to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a Brandy Old-Fashioned that caught my eye because of its history, and because the drink is constructed more like a New-Fashioned than an Old-Fashioned. Parkhill explains that back in the 1850s and 1860s,

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Monday Booktails: Holland Fizz

Monday Booktails: Holland Fizz

I am starting a new Monday series in the new year called Booktails that will focus on drink recipes from some of my favorite books about cocktails. Today I’m kicking things off with a recipe from Around the World in 80 Cocktails written by Chad Parkhill and illustrated by Alice Oehr. This absolutely charming little book was given to me by my daughter, Wendy, as a Christmas present. True to its title, it brings us 80 recipes that span from the early 19th century through to the 21st from cities all over the world, each one

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Friday Musings: Snow Day!

Friday Musings: Snow Day!

Snow Day!! I don’t think there have ever been two words that made my heart leap for joy more as a child growing up in New Jersey, where winter storms would occasionally dump enough snow to warrant school closings. Show of hands, who else remembers feeling that way? The minute there was snow in the forecast, the excitement would begin. How much accumulation, when would it start, what kind of snow would it be?? All questions that we needed answers to as quickly as we could get them.

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Celestial Cocktail #9: Outer Limits

Celestial Cocktail #9: Outer Limits

In the solar system that I grew up with, Pluto was still considered to be the outermost planet, until it was reclassified as a dwarf by the International Astronomical Union. It had always seemed so mysterious to me, sitting out there so unimaginably far away, moving slowly along in its weird elliptical orbit, and making its way around the sun once every 248 years. Okay, okay, I confess that I did not readily know those facts as a child. I became fascinated with Pluto when I was in 5th grade and did a

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