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Closing Shop
Though it wasn’t always the case, I am an early riser. As I have done on thousands of mornings, I am nursing my second cup of tea and have answered the most pressing emails before sunlight has even hit the roof. At this early hour, fifteen or twenty minute...
Though it wasn’t always the case, I am an early riser. As I have done on thousands of mornings, I am nursing my second cup of tea and have answered the most pressing emails before sunlight has even hit the roof. At this early...
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Duties of a Bartender (1884)
George Winter’s short book How to Mix Drinks: Bar Keepers’ Handbook was published in New York around 1884. It leans heavily on the work of the celebrated bartender, Jerry Thomas, who died just a year later in the same city. It was Winter, though, I thought ...
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Bierocks, Beer Rocks, Berrocks
I made the mistake of posting a food photo on Facebook last month without explaining how to make the things. Yesterday several friends took notice and a few asked for the recipe. For those who cannot do without bierocks, here’s that recipe. Bie-what? Yeah, ...
I made the mistake of posting a food photo on Facebook last month without explaining how to make the things. Yesterday several friends took notice and a few asked for the recipe. For those who cannot do without bierocks, here...
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Okolehao, Historic and Modern
Many drinkers prefer it to gin (1912 ad) One week in September of 1886, the Deputy Sheriff in Maui rounded up fourteen men the Honolulu Daily Bulletin called “illicit dealers in the ardent.” The ardent in this case was okolehao , the Hawaiian analog of main...
Many drinkers prefer it to gin (1912 ad) One week in September of 1886, the Deputy Sheriff in Maui rounded up fourteen men the Honolulu Daily Bulletin called “illicit dealers in the ardent.” The ardent in this case was okoleh...
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Sausage Biscuits for a Party
What is that ring? Scroll to the end. The weather has turned. The ungodly, soul-sucking heat that followed me on travels in the last two ...
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Bookshelf: Lunch with the FT
The first inkling Yuko Tojo had of what really happened to her grandfather was when she was in fifth grade at school. Gripping her small wh...
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Raising a Glass to Johannes van Dam, Who Taught Me How to Handle Gout
"Jesus, Jesus, allmächtiger Gott,  ai, ai, ai,  sei vorsichtig, Alois!  Das Zipperl!" ~ Ludwig Bemelmans Hotel Splendid While otherwise in good health, I have developed gout, a sort of arthritis caused when uric acid crystalizes in joints. Although the cond...
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"Jesus, Jesus, allmächtiger Gott,  ai, ai, ai,  sei vorsichtig, Alois!  Das Zipperl!" ~ Ludwig Bemelmans Hotel Splendid While otherwise in good health, I have developed gout, a sort of arthritis caused when uric acid ...
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Quaffing from the Tomato Tin
A gentleman of the tin can brigade In the summer of 1889, the St. Paul Daily Globe  in Minnesota published a tongue-in-cheek study of drinkers in bars — the self-important society man with his elegantly curved arm, the lady who drinks Champagne, the man abo...
A gentleman of the tin can brigade In the summer of 1889, the St. Paul Daily Globe in Minnesota published a tongue-in-cheek study of drinkers in bars — the self-important society man with his elegantly curved arm, the lady wh...
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My New Book: Drugstore Whiskey, Pharmacy Gin
You've heard of bathtub gin, sure. Everyone has. The stuff has become shorthand for the legendary horrors of Prohibition-era drinking. But what was it? No, for real: what was that stuff — and was it always a horror? Where did it come from? Where did it go? ...
You've heard of bathtub gin, sure. Everyone has. The stuff has become shorthand for the legendary horrors of Prohibition-era drinking. But what was it? No, for real: what was that stuff — and was it always a horror? Where did...
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Dry Curaçao Ancienne Méthode
Brad Farran's Julius Orange We like orange liqueurs at the Whiskey Forge. For decades, we’ve relied on those two old stalwarts, Cointreau...
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Tomato Sausages
Just a handful of our tomato glut After an early but slow start to our tomato season back in May, the plants are in full production mo...
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