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Cocktail Hour

6:30 sharp...or YOU have to make the drinks!

December 11, 2018

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For the last few months, my wife and I have been enjoying a cocktail hour at home. This is a daily thing unless we happen to be out for some reason. It is in both of our calendars and whoever is late has to make the drinks...which are martinis more often than not.

Why Cocktail Hour?

We are both pretty intense in . . .

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The Cocktail Doodle Podcast

Episode 2: The Martini

November 30, 2018

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Here is Episode 2 of the Cocktail Doodle Podcast:

The original post can be found here if you like to follow along with the text.

You can listen and subscribe on Stitcher, Google Play, Android, Spotify, and (hopefully soon) on iTunes.

I ordered a much better microphone today and a decent pair of . . .

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The Drink Arrived in a Chilled Glass with a Lemon Peel and a Smile

November 28, 2018

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He looked over the bottles behind the bar. They had multiplied since he stocked them last, but that was a long time ago. He was a patron now and the last drink of the night was always tricky. Through experience, he had learned what worked for him and what did not. As much as he enjoyed a whiskey before bed it never helped him come . . .

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To a Martini Drinker, Every Ingredient is Suspect

November 04, 2018

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Throughout the years the methods had come and gone. Different bottles. Full to empty. He steadily searched for perfection. Each part of the drink had been examined with the strictest scrutiny. It was his favorite ritual.

The pieces of ice made his fingers look magnified as he held them. A swift smack with the back of a . . .

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Have You Ever had a Martini at a Baseball Game?

Time and Place for Cocktails

October 03, 2018

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Certain drinks don't work in certain places. I have always known this but unless you change your geographic location and always drink the same thing it is often hard to tell.

Think cocktail bar vs dive and what you would order at each one. What if instead of a cocktail bar and dive it was urban and rural settings? What . . .

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Only Two Ingredients

August 10, 2018

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He reached for the tall heavy-bottomed crystal shaker he had used almost every day for as long as he could remember. It was a gift from his mother-in-law from some fancy place whose name he had forgotten. The sticker that signified it legitimate had long been removed the same way he always pulled the band off of a cigar before he . . .

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It Was A Few Minutes Before Five

August 06, 2018

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It was a few minutes before five and there was an open seat at the bar. He hated sitting at a table so the tall vacant chair was a welcome sight. The seat had held his weight many times before.

A round leather circle slid across the marble toward him. The affable bartender pinned the coaster to the surface with a glass of . . .

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