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Monday Booktails: Fog Cutter

Monday Booktails: Fog Cutter

For my third and final cocktail from Smuggler’s Cove by Martin and Rebecca Cate, I decided to go with the Fog Cutter, one of the drinks they have listed in a special section called Eight Essential Exotic Elixirs. In a book with over 300 pages packed with recipes and everything you could possibly want to know about tiki drinks, this would have been a difficult chapter to pass up. The Fog Cutter makes the list along with fellow classics like the Mai Tai, the Zombie, and Planter’s Punch. So what made me

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Wednesday Shakespeare: Fool’s Truth

Wednesday Shakespeare: Fool’s Truth

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s major tragedies, considered by many to actually be his greatest. It features some big Game of Thrones level drama that truly has a little something for everyone in it. There’s family dysfunction, sibling rivalry, British history, major gore, and a mad king who has a penchant for taking off his clothes. It’s difficult to sum up the plot action of the play without getting carried away, but the basic storyline involves Lear wanting to divide up his kingdom among his

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Monday Booktails: Agricole Guava Cooler

Monday Booktails: Agricole Guava Cooler

This week’s Monday Booktails post is once again from the book Smuggler’s Cove by Martin and Rebecca Cate. I have to admit that I’m truly enjoying reading through this treasure trove of tiki information and cocktails, especially at this incredibly cold and dreary time of the year. I chose today’s recipe because I thought that it would give me the opportunity to try a rhum agricole (agricultural rum) from Martinique, made from sugar cane instead of molasses. Because the sugar cane begins

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Wednesday Shakespeare: Infinite Jest

Wednesday Shakespeare: Infinite Jest

For those of you who are familiar with Shakespeare’s Hamlet, you know exactly why there is a skull in the picture above, and you know exactly which character I’m writing about today. For those of you who did not read the play or were not necessarily fans of Hamlet’s histrionics, I’ll explain in just a few minutes. Many of Shakespeare’s tragedies deal with the concept of death, but none has a main character that ponders the subject quite as much as Hamlet does. The play opens with him having

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Monday Booktails: Callaloo Cooler

Monday Booktails: Callaloo Cooler

This week’s Callaloo Cooler is from the tiki cocktail book Smuggler’s Cove by Martin and Rebecca Cate, owners and co-founders of the famous tiki bar of the same name in San Francisco. I love this book for several reasons. It’s comprehensive. It covers everything from the history of the tiki movement and the first of the classic cocktails that would become its signature drinks, right up through the modern renaissance that’s occurring right now. It’s loaded with recipes (at least 100 of them) that are

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