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Monday Classics: New York Sour

Monday Classics: New York Sour

One of the most accessible drinks for home bartenders to begin making and to begin putting their own personal spin on is the sour. The standard recipe of base spirit and equal parts sweet and sour ingredients on either side of that creates the perfect blank canvas to begin experimenting. The egg white is always optional, whether it’s because you simply don’t relish the idea of it your drink, or because you are a vegan. Always remember that in the latter case, you can substitute one teaspoon

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Friday Musings: Queen Bee

Friday Musings: Queen Bee

One of my very favorite books is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. I happen to love the movie too. For me, it’s one of the greatest stories about the impact mothers have on their children’s lives. In this particular case, the main character’s mother leaves her behind with a very abusive father, and although she returns, she dies that same day, leaving little Lily Owens completely uncertain as to whether her mother ever really loved her. Was she returning for just her things that day, or was she

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Monday Classics: Starfall

Monday Classics: Starfall

The Star Cocktail was a drink that was fairly popular in the 1890s and was mentioned in a number of publications at that time, including the New York Sun, the “Leading Barkeeper’s Report” in the Evansville Courier, and the Cincinnati Post. As with so many classic cocktails, many bar owners, bartenders, and bar manual writers claimed ownership of this drink and published their unique versions of the recipe. Apple brandy and sweet vermouth seemed to remain consistent throughout all

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Tuesday Classics: The Bloody Ghost

Tuesday Classics: The Bloody Ghost

I deliberately waited to do my Monday Classics post this week on a Tuesday because I could not resist the idea of actually posting on Halloween. In creating today’s drink, I gave myself a kind of a challenge. There were some beautiful blood oranges at MOM’s Organic Market the other day, and I knew immediately that I wanted them in my Halloween cocktail. Since they’re a citrus, there really were what felt like a million different directions I could go in, but none were scary enough. There was

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Celestial Cocktail #8: The Deepest Blue

Celestial Cocktail #8: The Deepest Blue

When I learned about the planets in 3rd grade, it was Neptune that I fell in love with first. I was captivated by its beautiful shade of blue and by the fact that it was named after the Roman god of the sea. He was always my favorite. Neptune is an ice giant, along with its sister planet, Uranus, and it occupies the 8th position from the sun. In terms of size, if we go back to our analogy of the sun being as large as a front door, and Earth being a nickel, then Neptune would be as big as a baseball. A day

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