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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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Monday Classics: Jingle Pimm’s

Monday Classics: Jingle Pimm’s

Those of you who have read my blog from the beginning know that I have a certain affection for the cocktail known as a Pimm’s Cup. It was the drink that I’d had in a particular bar a few years back, and then couldn’t seem to find anywhere else. I made my own version at home and that kicked off my passionate love affair with the world of spirits. That’s my own personal history with a Pimm’s Cup. The more global history behind this cocktail involves a farmer’s son named Pimm from Kent who owned an

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Monday Classics: Yule Mule

Monday Classics: Yule Mule

Many, many classic cocktails have a very muddled history where we find a multitude of bartenders, bar owners, and even authors claiming to have created their recipes. This is not the case with the Moscow Mule. The facts behind the story are almost completely unanimous and they go as follows. In the 1940s, John Hublein was the president of G.F. Heublein & Brothers, the company that made A-1 steak sauce. Hublein had purchased a small vodka label called Smirnoff back in the 30s in an effort to get

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Monday Classics: Midnight Coffee

Monday Classics: Midnight Coffee

For many cocktail drinkers, myself included, an Old-Fashioned epitomizes the idea of a classic drink. Its basic recipe provides a blank canvas that invites us to explore the idea of putting our own artistic spin on things. While working this past Saturday behind the bar at Cooper River Distillers, I had the opportunity to experiment with creating an Old-Fashioned with our Rye Oak Reserve rum, a distillery-made coffee liqueur, a rich simple from True Syrups & Garnishes, and a dash of orange bitters. You

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