We’re baaaaack! And, we brought a book.

Readers of this blog know we have been engaged in a long-time love affair with cocktails. Our romance with all things cocktail took an unexpected turn recently when worlds collided with our Celtic heritage. About a year ago, the folks over at Scotpress put out a request for Scottish-based cocktail recipes and a mutual friend put them in touch with us. What started … Continue reading We’re baaaaack! And, we brought a book.

Tippling at The Pinewood

Last evening Katruska and I were finally able to make it over to The Pinewood Tippling Room located in Decatur in the old Cakes & Ale space. The space has been converted into a modern take on the standard American bar/restaurant with both the kitchen and bar focusing on re-interpretations of classic recipes. This is … Continue reading Tippling at The Pinewood

Mamie Yes, Mamie No?

The Mamie Taylor cocktail. Every heard of it? No? You’re not alone. This under-appreciated classic is not even on the menu of most modern hallowed halls of cocktails.  This long forgotten libation first appeared in print in The Bartender’s Book by Jack T0wnsend in 1952. However, by this point, the Mamie Taylor was already long … Continue reading Mamie Yes, Mamie No?

Come Look at the Freaks

We’ve all been there.  A chilly night at a fair with the scents of caramel apples and cotton candy wafting by, colored lights shining and blinking everywhere, and the sounds of a calliope and laughter filling the air.  It’s a beautiful scene.  That is until you turn the corner and are face-to-face with the barker … Continue reading Come Look at the Freaks

A Twist of the Lion’s Tail

When you hear the phrase “twisting the lion’s tail”, a cocktail is not the first thing that comes to mind.  Most likely visions of violence on the African plains as a result of an ill-advised activity spring to mind.  But, in the 1930s, “twisting the lion’s tail” was American slang for anything distinctly British.  Based … Continue reading A Twist of the Lion’s Tail