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The Lagniappe

By Lars Theriot.  A 12 Bottle Bar original

1.5 oz Rittenhouse Rye
0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Blackberry Syrup
2 Dashes Tabasco (or to taste)

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass.
Shake with ice and strain.
Garnish with an andouille sausage wheel.

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The Jewish Manhattan from Daniel Handler

By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson


2 oz Rye
0.25 oz Manischewitz Concord Grape Red Wine
Angostura Bitters


Instructions per Mr. Handler:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
Pour in the rye and the Manischewitz, and add one dash of Angostura bitters for each living female relative over the age of seventy in your extended family.
Shake, then pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry you’ve plucked from a fruitcake someone gave you.
Sip frugally while arguing over something that does not matter in this world or the next, and allow the ice to melt in the shaker.
When it has melted completely, pour it into your cocktail glass and convince yourself that you are drinking a second cocktail for free.

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David and the Ward Eight

Since we’re talking horror films, I think it’s only appropriate that we talk Scooby-Doo.  Like most adults my age, the misadventures of the Mystery Machine were my first exposure to ghosts, ghouls, and things that go bump in the night (at abandoned amusement parks).  It’s safe to say that, as a kid, Scooby-Doo was by far my favorite cartoon (until that punk Scrappy came along, that is), but when the live action movies arrived, I was at a loss.  Despite a nostalgia-fueled desire to want to want to see the Scooby-Doo Movie, I had an even greater urge to avoid it.  At the time, Lars summarized this succinctly by observing that the film “wasn’t made for me” – that I simply wasn’t its target audience.  I had grown up; Scooby hadn’t.  Point conceded. Read More…

Super Bowl XLVI: New York Cocktail

1 cube Sugar (Demerara recommended)
Juice of 0.25 Lemon
1 tsp Grenadine
1 piece Orange Peel
2 oz Rye Whiskey

Add sugar cube to mixing glass
Squeeze in lemon juice and add grenadine
Muddle sugar, juice, and grenadine together
Twist the orange peel over the mixing glass and add peel along with the rye
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass

Featured Glassware: New Cottage Amber by Villeroy & Boch


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Sometimes, it ain’t easy being an American.  If we think we have it bad now, let’s rewind the clock a bit to 1930, when the twin specters of the Great Depression and Prohibition gripped the country.  During World War I, the federal government had begun programs to guarantee Midwestern farmers high prices for crops and livestock.  In order to meet the demands, farmers heavily leveraged themselves to buy more land and equipment, but when the government ended its guarantees in 1920, prices and land values plummeted and the farmers were left with large surpluses and even larger debt.  As the dominoes began to fall, banks closed (in Iowa, 167 banks closed in 1920, while 505 closed in 1921) and people suddenly found themselves over-mortgaged, penniless, and unable to sell their goods. Read More…

Repeal Day and the Pomegranate “Manhattan”

2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Pomegranate Molasses (see below)
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a lemon twist


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Author Gore Vidal is noted for claiming that our puritanical forefathers came to America not to escape persecution but to be free to persecute others.  As a generalization, it’s a sentiment that strikes a deep vein running through the history of our young nation, and perhaps there has been no greater mass persecution committed upon the free citizens of the United States than that of Prohibition.  In 1920, succumbing to pressure from the ever-vocal temperance movement, Congress passed the 18th Amendment – over President Wilson’s veto – banning the manufacture and sale of alcohol.  For thirteen long years, the country was dry – at least, officially.  Then, in a spark of sanity, on December 5, 1933, Congress overturned the Volstead Act by passing the 21st Amendment.  In just ten days time, it would be legal to drink again.  Americans don’t like to wait, however, and drinking began before the ink on the amendment was dry.  And thus, it’s today that we celebrate the anniversary of the reclamation of one of our most fundamental liberties:  booze. Read More…