It goes without saying that New Year’s and Champagne go together like good intentions and broken resolutions. If you’re looking for a way to make things a little more interesting than just popping the cork on the bubbly, we suggest the following:
Gin-Pineapple-Mint Sorbet (recipe below)
Add a scoop (or, if you’re feeling fancy, a quenelle) of sorbet to a chilled coupe.
Fill glass with champagne.
Garnish with a sprig of mint.
For the kids: Leave the gin out of the sorbet and fill with ginger ale or 7UP.
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In this, the first official stop in our self-styled Year of the Doctor, we’d be remiss if we didn’t pick one of the juicier points in history to kick things off. So, here we go: 1912. Why 1912? As years go, it was a pretty bang up one. The Republic of China was established, as were Paramount and Universal Pictures. Piltdown Man was discovered (only to be, forty years later, revealed as a hoax). Julia Child, Charles Addams, and Gene Kelly were born. The Oreo cookie was invented. T. E. Lawrence was poking around archeological expeditions in the Middle East, quite unaware of how life-changing his knowledge of the area would soon become. And, of course, let’s not forget the folks over at Downton Abbey, who we first met when they found their lives shifting dramatically as news of the RMS Titanic sinking reached them.
And so, the Titanic. This year – April 15th, to be exact – marks the 100th anniversary of the epic end of the great ocean liner. Rather than rehash that tragic tale, we’ve chosen to celebrate the remarkable ship herself and how she symbolized the Edwardian era itself — a period fat on the rewards of industrialization and fascinated with opulence, yet struggling with social equity. It is rightly called a second “gilded age”, when the surface of things was exquisitely polished, covering the tarnish beneath. And, while scholars put the end of the Edwardian era as anywhere between 1910 and 1919, it is not hard to see how the sinking of the Titanic defined a generation and signaled a loss of innocence and a change of seasons to come, much like the Kennedy assassination defined a very different generation. Read More…
By Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
Before heading to the New World in 1620, our Pilgrim forefathers spent their last night in the Refectory Room of what would become the Black Friar’s Distillery for Plymouth Gin. Unfortunately for the Pilgrims, there would be no gin at the first Thanksgiving. According to Stephen C. O’Neill, Associate Curator of the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts, most provisions lists for the period contain references to ‘strong waters’ or aqua vitae, generic references to distilled wine or brandy. No gin or genever to be found. In all likelihood, the beverage selections at the first Thanksgiving would have leaned more toward the familiar beer and wine. And so, 12 Bottle Bar has a few suggestions for your Turkey Day. Let the gobbling – er, sipping – begin. Read More…
Where you know Ted Raimi from probably says a lot about you. If you recognize him from the Spider-Man movies, you’re probably a teen or twentysomething. Recall him from SeaQuest, you’re a shameless nerd. Hercules and Xena – get thou to a Ren Faire. Shout “I’ll swallow your soul!” at him on the street, and you’re an Evil Dead freak beyond repair (and good for you). Of course, if you have a mutual friend who tells you that Raimi is something of a cocktail aficionado and that you two should talk, well, then you probably have a blog looking to do a booze-and-blood festival.