Muddling in the Heat: 2012 Update

So you take a sip,  sweet, cool and refreshing; you close your eyes in delight as your throat beings to burn.  When I was a kid, some nut-job yogi friend of my mom gave me some of his cayenne lemonade.  It was some sort of alleged health tonic with all sorts of healing properties.  Funny little…

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Dad’s Gin

One day when looking for a present for my father the idea struck me to doctor up some gin.  I had a pretty bottle with a swing top that I wanted to use for something and I had plenty of gin. I have written before about my enjoyment of and…

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The Dirty Vesper

To celebrate the birthday of the CIA (founded September 18, 1947), today’s cocktail recipe is an old espionage classic – the Dirty Vesper martini.  Inspired by James Bond’s cocktail of choice in Casino Royale (an icy blend of vodka, gin and Lillet, garnished with a peel of lemon and called…

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The Black and Bleu Martini

James Bond would be proud to drink this half vodka martini. My friends who,  like 007, are not so sure about liking gin yet might be more comfortable toning down the gin with vodka.  Additionally, I seem to be a sucker for Blavod.   (get it? sucker? is this thing on?) The…

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Is cheap booze bad booze?

In an age of overpriced vodkas and huge strides in marketing, prices seem distorted and inflated.  Maybe things have always been this way.  I by no means claim to be an expert, but I wonder how much of the price we pay for “premium” liquor is just in the name…

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