Articles Tagged: Drinking History

Happy Repeal Day – aka Cinco de Drinko

post iconToday marks the 80th Anniversary of the implementation of the 21st Amendment, also known as Repeal Day (for repealing the disastrous 18th Amendment, which went into effect on January 17, 1920). Make sure you enjoy a tipple today to celebrate! …Read More

Tom Collins

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The Tom Collins is a great drink to beat the heat on a hot Summer day and it a fascinating origin. Of course, the origin of the Tom Collins is disputed. 

Back in the Summer of 1974 bar patrons in the Northeastern United States began playing a practical joke on their friends know as the the Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874 As the gag went, one friend would ask another if he knew Tom … Read more

A World of Cider – Infographic

post iconWe don’t know why Cider fell out of favor? We’ve always marveled at the ciders in the UK and are excited to see it becoming popular on our shores again! …Read More

Doolittle Raiders to Enjoy 1896 Hennessy Cognac

post iconEach year, the Raiders toast and turn the goblet of their fallen comrades, whose name is also inscribed upside right. When two remain, they will toast with the bottle of Hennessy. …Read More

Last Call Review – Literary Monday

post iconJanuary 17th marks the infamous day that Prohibition went into effect. Depending on your politics, it was either a day of mourning or great joy. As the “Noble Experiment” went into effect, across the country …Read More

Carpano Antica, Punt e Mes and Fernet Branca – Westerfeld House – San Francisco

post iconA Victorian evening … with Carpano Antica, Punt e Mes and Fernet Branca …Read More

Choosing Bourbon for Your Kentucky Derby Mint Julep

post iconTips on choosing bourbon for your Kentucky Derby Mint Julep …Read More

Gin and Milk (5 Ways to Drink Like an Old Man)

post icon5 Ways to Drink Like an Old Man

By Carly Wray

This article originally appeared in TheSpir.it.

Old-man bars live and die by their regulars. Not regulars as in the guy behind the counter sort of remembers your order from your last visit—regulars as in Charlie’s been sitting on that stool since the end of the Nixon administration. The bartender knows his kids, busts his chops, and pours his drinks as stiff as he did … Read more

Bitter Truth

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How a cure-all became a cocktail component
By Carly Wray

This article originally appeared in TheSpir.it

It’s 1820. A German doctor sets out for Venezuela to join Simon Bolivar’s fight against Spain. It’s not long before he’s Surgeon General, manning a military hospital and overseeing the casualties, not just of war, but of tropical diseases. Chills, sea sickness. Ravaging disorders. And it’s not much longer before he conjures a cure: Angostura bitters.

In the end, … Read more

Fernet for Life

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Learning to love a mysterious Italian bitter
By Carly Wray

This article originally appeared in TheSpir.it

There’s a fairy tale quality to fernet — we’re talking Brothers Grimm here, not Walt Disney. Alone in a glass, the cola-brown spirit conjures the woods and strange roots dealt by witches; there are medicinal notes, too, but of the sort bought in burlap and taken on faith.

A magical series of things happens when you do a shot … Read more

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