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Monday Classics: The Local Healer

Monday Classics: The Local Healer

I know that you’re looking at the name of this drink and saying “I know of no such classic cocktail,” and you are correct because there isn’t one with that particular name. There is, however, a classic called the Penicillin, about which I’ve written two blog posts because it happens to be one of my favorites. It’s considered a modern day classic because it was first developed by Sam Ross of Milk and Honey and Attaboy fame, both renowned cocktail bars in NYC, and it now appears on drink

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Zodiac Cocktail #2 : Lust for Life

Zodiac Cocktail #2 : Lust for Life

The next stop on our astrological cocktail journey is Taurus, the second sign of the Zodiac, which extends from April 20th through May 2oth. Taurus is represented by the famous white bull of mythology who captured Europa, the legendary Phoenician princess for whom the continent of Europe was named. Said bull pretended to be lazing innocently in Europa’s father’s verdant pasture until he whisked the princess away and carried her off to sea. He turned out to be none other than Zeus in disguise, who’d

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Friday Musings: The Negative Space

Friday Musings: The Negative Space

I’m just finishing up a book called Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, in which a teenage girl deals with the loss of her uncle to AIDS. He was an artist and much of the story revolves around a final portrait that he painted of the narrator, June, and her sister. One of the great poignancies of this novel is that June thinks she knew and loved her uncle best in the world, only to learn in the aftermath of his death that there was so much she didn’t know about him, or about herself. There’s a brief conversation in the

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