Happy Repeal Day

On December 5th 1933, the 18th amendment was repealed ending prohibition in America, a high-light among sad days in a desperate nation gripped by economic woes.  Some would say that there are similarities between the Great Depression to our dismal economy today.  Maybe our pending leap off of the “fiscal cliff” or our half a decade…

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Surfer Girls and Kayak Love

I haven’t posted many recipes lately.   I’ve been focusing on bitters and other concoctions and videos.  After I finished making my prototype batch of passion fruit bitters, I had a dilemma; the bitters were delicious and smelled wonderful but I had no idea what to try them out in.  Tiki drinks seemed…

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A Punch, a Thing of Beauty Be!

Come ye back from the sea my friend,  lest the scurvy becomes your end. Drink punch with lime, and a ration of rum.  A brimming bowl, like a bucket of chum, It will blithe your spirit and cure your ill, once you have bellied up and drunk your fill! -Boyd Rinksworld  The punch in…

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“Long” In The Translation

A critical ingredient in making bitters is one or more bitter herbs.  The grapefruit bitters I set out to make called for gentian as its bittering herb.  I suppose I could have ordered online but that would be too easy.  It was also unclear from the recipe whether I needed a powder, a liquid…

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A Bitter, Bitter World

The availability of cocktail bitters in southern California is, at the moment, sparse at best.  It seems that the cocktail boom has created a flood of new bitters makers everywhere but here.  I imagine that in places like New York, bitters of every variety are flooding the shelves.  In San Diego,…

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DRINK in Boston

So I had a chance to spend a night out in Boston with my uncle Billy after some tough family business.  My first inclination was to go to the Boston Shaker and go shopping for fun bar tools, alas I could not get there before they closed.  Not to be disheartened…

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