AlcoHOLidays | Birthday Special | Pineapple Birthday Cake

Okay, okay, while not a holiday in the strictest sense, birthdays are very important points in our lives and everyone has one (whether they choose to celebrate it or not). Since my birthday is next week I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate with a festive cocktail reminiscent of a decadent birthday cake with a fruity filling. Pineapple Birthday Cake 2 oz Whipped Cream Vodka 1 oz Pineapple Juice 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps 1/4 oz Amaretto Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice and shake to get the party started. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
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AlcoHOLidays | Peach Cobbler Day | Early Summer Peach

On the south side of Tallahassee there’s a butcher shop cum lunch counter that features different entrees each day of the week. It is a haven to southern comfort foods and on Fridays we used to go there to pickup meatloaf and mashed potatoes with cornbread and okra (or greens) for lunch. Used to because it was very rich and easily enough for two meals if you could restrain yourself. We weren’t very good at restraint. You had to go early–if you waited too much past noon to swing by they might be out of meatloaf for the day and
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AlcoHOLidays | Girl Scout Cookie Week | Coconut Dream

Oh, yes, it’s that time again. If you haven’t been accosted coming out of your local supermarket I’m sure someone on your friend’s list has posted, shared, or otherwise reminded you that, indeed, it is Cookie Time once again. According to my sources, the official Girl Scout Cookie Week is March 10-16, 2013. What started out as a single-troop bake sale (I’m sorry, service project) of sugar cookies, in 1917, has continued unabated (except during WWII when they had to sell calendars, instead, due to the scarcity of ingredients) into the high point of the cookie-loving population. Of course, not everyone always loves
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AlcoHOLidays | Banana Cream Pie Day | Banana Cream-Tini

You gotta love it when the holidays lend themselves so easily to a cocktail, right? March 2 is Banana Cream Pie Day and I’m having trouble coming up with any objections to such a day existing. Banana pies and banana cream custards go back to the late-1800s, but the first written record specifically for the banana cream pie is found in 1906, courtesy of The Blue Ribbon Cook Book. Every pie maven surely has their own version of the pie these days, a favorite for pot lucks and spring holidays, and there are plenty of cocktail versions around, too. Of course, I
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AlcoHOLidays | National Lemon Cupcake Day | Lemon Cupcake Martini

Lemon tree very pretty And the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon Is impossible to eat —chorus from Lemon Tree, as sung by Peter, Paul, & Mary Of course there are plenty of people who love the tart pucker-power of fresh lemons. There are probably just as many, though, that enjoy this yellow citrus in sweeter ways, like lemon curd or, in honor of the December 15th “holiday”, lemon cupcakes. This is totally one of those made-up holidays–not by me, but by someone who shouted loud enough at some point to make it onto a variety
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AlcoHOLidays | Sweetest Day | Candy Coated Cocktail

Not something we commonly celebrate down here in the South, Sweetest Day (3rd Saturday of October) is one of those holidays you tend to hear about at the last minute and assume that it’s some trumped-up corporate money-grab by the candy and card companies. Turns out, there’s a little more to it than that (thank goodness). Back in the 1920s a group of confectioners (candy makers) in Cleveland, Ohio, got together and decided to give candy to “newsboys, orphans, old folks and the poor” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer, via Wikipedia). On the one hand it does seem a little odd to be
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That’s How the Cookie Crumbles

Or, rather, shakes. Okay, the O-cocktail in this series is another one I’ve been looking forward to getting just right. We first had it ages ago at a tapas-style restaurant. We’d gone there after a late movie and ate (and drank) at the bar. While we weren’t really looking for another full cocktail (we’d each had one a piece–moderation, remember?) the martini list was so tempting, so we asked for this one as a shot. Oh, it was divine, and we’ve worked on the right combination off and on since then. I think we’ve finally got it right. Oatmeal Cookie
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A Little Taste of the Crescent City

It’s been a busy week here at Money Creek: 2 cocktails and 3 bottles of wine busy! But it was while creating one of my Character Cocktails for an upcoming product launch (they’re not just for people, you know) that I was struck with inspiration for this week’s Alphatini cocktial, the letter N. And a good thing I did because I was drawing a pretty big blank, facing the second half of our alphabetical series. But inspiration was found and now I can’t see how I would have missed it. For this one we’re going to take a little field trip to
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50 Shots of America–West Virginia

Gold and Delicious I thought we were done with the east coast last time! Looks like I was mistaken. Again. Turns out the powers that be in the state of Virginia were having some issues within themselves while the country as a whole was in a bit of an uproar. The idea that Virginia was going to secede from the Union didn’t sit too well with some folks in the western counties so they decided they’d just take themselves out of it and create their own rival state government (which was happily acknowledged by the Federal powers that be). On
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50 Shots of America–Illinois

Coming in at number 21 on the sip-by-state roster is Illinois, Land of Lincoln, which became a state on December 3, 1818. Home to the third-largest city in the country, the state is a bit top-heavy with almost three-quarters of the state’s population concentrated in the northeast: in and around the city of Chicago. Home to the first nuclear power plant, a would-be Latter Day Saints Utopia and the first McDonald’s, the state has oil and coal in the south, corn and soybean fields in the center and industry galore in the north. It was pretty tough to come up
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