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July 18th, 2014

The Cincinnati Cocktail - Puts The Nati In Natty Light Beer

Cincinnati Cocktail style light beer & bratwurst sausage sandwich.

Cincinnati Cocktails - The Original Natty Light Beer

The Cincinnati Cocktail with half beer and half soda water is not really a cocktail at all. At least not by the Old Fashioned definition, but then again, few actually are in the strictest sense of the formulation.

What it is, is a DIY Natty Light Beer. Cincinnatty that is.

History Of The Cincinnati Cocktail

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June 26th, 2014

The Affinity Cocktail - Scotch Whisky And Vermouth Find True Love

Affinity cocktail by Barina Craft poster with drink and Broadway font.

The Affinity Cocktail Pairs Scotch Affection For Vermouth

The Affinity Cocktail is one of only a few truly classic drinks mixed with Scotch whisky which shows the difficulty of pairing it in the perfect marriage. At least in spirit.

Modern versions of the Affinity Cocktail have sort of settled on a sip similar to a perfect Scotch Manhattan with orange or aromatic bitters, although the original drink recipe was hardly perfect (equal parts French and Italian vermouth). Back then it was closer to a sweetened Scottish Rory O’More or a Robert Burns with sugar instead of absinthe.

Either way, like most Scotch whisky cocktails, the character of this drink is greatly effected by how manly the mixture is. Blended may be best to begin with.

History Of The Affinity Cocktail

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June 8th, 2014

Cooking With Wine Humor – Recipes Reduce Down To Funny Jokes

Reducing the wine by drinking straight from the bottle cartoon.

Now Reduce The Wine

A husband and wife team up in the kitchen to prepare a meal. As the apron wearing wife, whose been the one sweating over a hot stove, cools down by drinking straight from a bottle of red wine, the husband leans over the island counter top while re-reading the recipe from a cook book and says, “I’m not sure that’s what they mean by now reduce the wine.”

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June 1st, 2014

Madras Cocktail - OJ Woven Into Preppy Cranberry Vodka Drink

Madras Cocktail with plaid fabric background of same name.

Was Ist Das Madras Cocktail?

While that rhyme makes it sound prime for a German pastime, the Madras Cocktail is truly an American paradigm. Mixed with vodka, cranberry juice and OJ, Madras’s mixology genealogy includes its coastal cocktail cousins the Bay Breeze, Cape Codder and Sea Breeze which substitute pineapple, lime and grapefruit juices respectively for the orange juice. And don’t forget the uptown Cosmopolitan, another closely related quaffable cranberry kin.

History Of The Madras Cocktail

A Plaid Potation

The Madras Cocktail is believed to be named for the plaid cloth design which originated in the Bay of Bengal seaport formerly of the same name. This large coastal city on India’s southeastern shore now known as Chennai was renamed in 1996.

Hard to argue with that theory since the drink is composed of light red, orange and green colors, when layered, which are also prominent in many checkered Madras fabric patterns such as the one shown above pictured behind the cocktail. Said to have been inspired by the tartan plaid worn by the Scottish regiments in the area in the 1800s, the Scots have woven at least two fashionable drinks into cocktail culture. Another being the Paisley Martini with its iconic twisted teardrop shape.

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May 12th, 2014

Blue Butlers Pantry Stocked As Nautical Beach House Bar

Blue beach house butler's pantry style bar.

Hue Wants A Blue Bar With A view?

A butler’s pantry is a great way to combine all the features of a full size home bar, minus the bar stools, into a compact, typically floor to ceiling arrangement like this one. They’re also perfect for adding a splash of color, in this case blue with a view of Cape Cod’s ocean hue.

What’s Knot To Like About This Butler’s Pantry?

Besides some twists of twine that is. You don’t need to get roped into a nautical design when some beadboard and a blue and white color scheme will do just fine.

That’s exactly what the architects and builders at Polhemus Savery DaSilver accomplished with this blue butler’s pantry in their House at Little Beach project. Plus, they added in a seashell chandelier and table centerpiece along with some driftwood wall art to tie it all together.

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April 28th, 2014

Benedictine Dip Spreads Cucumber On Kentucky Derby Party Snacks

Green benedictine dip with rye crackers.

Benedictine Is Addicting

Benedictine spread, a cucumber and onion infused cream cheese (thinned with sour cream or mayonnaise for a dip), is such a staple in parts of Kentucky, Louisville in particular, that its treated like a condiment. It may not have the same recognized status that the Mint Julep does as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, but no Run for the Roses party would be complete without it.

History Of Benedictine Spread

Jennie Carter Benedict (March 25, 1860 - July 24, 1928) of Louisville, KY created the recipe for the cream cheese spread which bears her name sometime after returning from studying at the Boston School of Cooking along with Fannie Farmer. She began her career in a small custom built kitchen in her parent’s backyard in 1893 catering to wealthy clientele throughout Kentucky and surrounding states, some of whom donated her equipment, before opening a tea room on South Fourth Street in downtown Louisville in 1900.*

Fun fact: Miss Benedict never published her famous tea sandwich recipe in any of the four editions of her popular Blue Ribbon Cook Book, first released in 1902, during her lifetime. It was re-released in 2008 with a recipe “she most likely would have included” according to Susan Reigler, former restaurant critic for the Louisville Courier-Journal who wrote the introduction.

Almost as old as the Kentucky Derby itself (1875), Benedictine Spread really is as cool as a cucumber.

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April 26th, 2014

The Kentucky Colonel Cocktail - Derby Drink Plays Honor To -

Kentucky Colonel cocktail in old style glass with lemon garnish.

Bourbon and Benedictine

You’d probably guess the Kentucky Colonel cocktail contains bourbon if you were unfamiliar with the drink, and you would be right. However, the second ingredient isn’t as obvious.

The Kentucky Colonel cocktail combines bourbon with benedictine in a pairing not seen since 1816. It was then that Princess Louise Adélaïde de Bourbon assembled a congregation of French Catholic nuns together to form the Benedictines of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, now known as the Benedictines in the Rue Monsieur, during the Bourbon Restoration shortly after the fall of Napoleon.

History Of The Kentucky Colonel Cocktail

This drink has nothing to do with putting overthrown King Louis XVI’s House of Bourbon back in order in nineteenth century France, although there is a related religious tie in of sorts. The herbal French liqueur used in the Kentucky Colonel cocktail containing Angelica, Hyssop and Lemon Balm along with the flavoring of supposedly 24 other plants and spices was originally created in a French monastery by Benedictine monk Don Bernardo Vincelli early in the sixteenth century. Thus the name.

Stop Horsing Around - Doesn’t Sport Team Name Or Play In The Band

The Kentucky Colonel cocktail recipe dates back to at least 1914 when it appeared in the bartending manual Drinks by Jacques Straub. It may have originated much earlier though. See below.

This rules out The Kentucky Colonel Stakes horse rack at Ellis Park (track constructed in 1922), the Kentucky Colonels bluegrass band (1956), the Kentucky Colonels professional basketball team (1967 – 1976) or the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels & Lady Colonels (nicknamed in 1963) among others as the source of inspiration for the drink’s name. More to come.

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April 3rd, 2014

The Fedora Cocktail - Ever Felt Like You Hat To Try A Drink

Fedora cocktail with lemon, strawberry & orange garnish.

Whose All Four A Fedora Cocktail?

Four different spirits and liqueurs (bourbon, brandy, curacao & rum) combine to make the Fedora cocktail a pretty stiff drink. However, since its designed to be made with cracked ice instead of a large lump, just wait a minute and the melting water will quickly dilute some of its strength.

History Of The Fedora Cocktail

The Fedora cocktail’s history is all tied up in a bow wrapped around the brim of the hat from the nineteenth century play, Fedora. Here’s what happened.

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