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Monday Booktails: Paper Plane

Monday Booktails: Paper Plane

Today I’m closing out my Monday Booktails series with one last drink from Sasha Petraske’s Regarding Cocktails. It was developed by Sam Ross (who also created the Penicillin cocktail) for fellow Milk & Honey alum, Toby Maloney, who was looking for a new summer cocktail for his bar in the Wicker Park area of Chicago called The Violet Hour. The drink is a riff on the amazing equal parts cocktail called the Last Word, which first appeared at The Detroit Athletic Club in the 1920s,

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Wednesday Beer Cocktails: The Bitter Imposter

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: The Bitter Imposter

Have you ever heard of something called the lupulin shift? As a person who does not spend very much time drinking bitter, hoppy beers like IPAs, I certainly had not. It’s a phrase that was coined back in 2005 by Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing to describe the tolerance that beer drinkers develop to the stinging taste of hops. In nature, bitterness represents poison and we are conditioned to avoid it. Yet this doesn’t seem to apply to the world of alcohol. Just ask the many Campari fans out there, or

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Monday Booktails: Silver Fox

Monday Booktails: Silver Fox

For this week’s Monday Booktails post, I searched through Sasha Petraske’s Regarding Cocktails for something that I could serve before Easter dinner. A drink called a Silver Fox caught my eye because I loved its blend of gin, lemon, and amaretto, and because I was drawn to the fact that it’s a variation on a gin fizz. The most simple form of a fizz includes the base spirit, which is very often gin, a citrus juice, and sugar, all topped off with a carbonated something or other. It’s light and refreshing and perfect for

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Friday Musings: Before, Now, and Always

Friday Musings: Before, Now, and Always

There are momentous occasions that come along in every lifetime. We all know what they are. They have their own section in our favorite Hallmark store: graduation, wedding day, congratulations on your baby girl (or boy), or a new house. We expect them to be life-changing, and in so many ways, they turn out to be exactly that. But there are other instances, the ones that lead up to the Hallmark moments, that also had great meaning for us, and are often more poignant when we look back on them. There’s

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Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Seeking Clarity

Wednesday Beer Cocktails: Seeking Clarity

Alas, our Wednesday Shakespeare series has come to an end and it’s time to trade in thoughts of the bard for thoughts of beer. In cocktails, of course. Somehow I think Shakespeare would be quite happy with this transition and might even volunteer to be a taste tester for us. I will confess right from the outset that I don’t use beer in cocktails very much, so this will definitely be a learning process for me that I’m happy to share with all of you. I’m actually very excited since I really do enjoy drinking beer,

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