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Friday Musings: Finding Cadence

Friday Musings: Finding Cadence

When I was in high school I became obsessed with the idea of finding cadence in writing and speech. Just when you think you’ve heard it all from me, right? I know. And exactly what is cadence? Well, according to dictionary.com, it’s the rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words. For me, it’s a kind of harmony that I hear in the pattern of words, even when they are written, that feels very soothing to me. It’s almost as if the language falls away, even though it may be very beautiful, and my mind is

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Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Twisted Collins

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Twisted Collins

I wasn’t sure of the direction I wanted to go in for my final beer cocktail of this series, but I met a Dogfish Head sales rep last week and had the opportunity to taste their SeaQuench Ale. I was so impressed with it that my wheels immediately began spinning to find ways to work it into a drink. Hailed by Men’s Health Magazine as possibly “the world’s most thirst-quenching beer,” things like margaritas and mojitos immediate came to mind. SeaQuench is a session sour, which means that it is a beer

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Monday Booktails: The Perfect Daiquiri

Monday Booktails: The Perfect Daiquiri

A perfect Daiquiri is a study in elegant simplicity. Made with only three ingredients, it must be precisely measured and perfectly prepared. Otherwise it will taste different each and every time you make it. This kind of simplicity, precision, and perfection are the exact things for which Sasha Petraske was so well known. Today’s Daiquiri is the third cocktail that I’m sharing from his book Regarding Cocktails, which is filled with recipes from the many bars and bartenders that fell under his huge umbrella of influence.

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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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Tea for Two: Some thoughts on making cocktails with tea…

Tea for Two: Some thoughts on making cocktails with tea…

Tomorrow is National Tea Day and I’ve teamed up with Elin Lawrence, who writes the blog Travel Food Cool, to bring you some celebratory cocktails this week. There’s lots of information about making cocktails with tea that’s available online, but I wanted to share my own personal thoughts about tea as an ingredient and the experiences I’ve had using it. The first tea cocktail that I ever made was with a green tea vodka from Charbay in California, a company that makes excellent infused products. I found the flavoring to be

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