AlcoHOLidays | Labor Day | Cruzan Slowpoke Shandy

And just like that, we’ll close the book on another summer. That’s right, another 3-day-weekend is upon us, the last of the season, and the fall and winter holidays are right around the corner. Football has started back up, school is back in session for many, and soon the weather will turn cooler with a decided nip in the air. (At least we can hope on that last one!) I knew Labor Day (celebrated on the first Monday of September) was worker-related, but I didn’t know much more than that, I’m ashamed to say. For others in a similar fog,
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AlcoHOLidays | National Rum Day | Cruzan Pineapple Passion

In honor of National Rum Day (August 16) I am delighted to share a recipe courtesy of Cruzan Rum, folks who have been so nice as to share with us several of their tasty libations this summer! (It’s also quite convenient as I am both up to my eyes in wedding projects and in the midst of a prolonged Internet outage right now.) What could be more tropically-minded than drinking something fruity from a pineapple, hmm? Not much, especially if you happen to have a little umbrella to put in there as well. Cruzan® Pineapple Passion: Ingredients: 2 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
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Tucson Dining: 42 kinds of rum at Saint House

Update: Closed. I can remember when there were 2 or 3 restaurants on tired old Congress Street but those days are now gone. Congress is exploding with restaurants, menus, and ingredients for every taste and thirst. Saint House which is its newest addition opens August 15, boasting 42 kinds of rum. Who knew? Especially since Tucson has a past as a tequila town. Ho Ho Ho and a bottle of rum. And what portrays rum better than anything? The Daiquiri. I wish I could pretend it was a balmy night with a cool tropical breeze, but no, it was a
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AlcoHOLidayss | Independence Day | Cruzan Independence Sparkler

In honor of those founding fathers’ stand for freedoms from tyranny, we’re going to feature Constitutional cocktails for 2 weeks instead of 1. We’re going short and sweet without any preamble this week! Courtesy of our friends at Cruzan, today’s cocktail features two of their rums because, hey, twice the rum, twice the fun, right? Cruzan® Independence Sparkler 1 half of a Lime, cut into quarters 6 Basil leaves 1 Tbsp Sugar 1 oz Cruzan® Strawberry Rum 1 oz Cruzan® Aged Light Rum Soda Water Method: Muddle lime and basil with sugar in a tumbler. Add rums and ice, then
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AlcHOLidays | National Bluebird of Happiness Day | Pursuit of Happiness

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you say? Notice that it’s only the pursuit of happiness we’re guaranteed, not the finding or attainment. In the 1940 film The Blue Bird (starring Shirley Temple, speaking of drinks), the bird in question is given as a selfless gift, and then escapes. The moral being that the bluebird of happiness is always to be pursued, not captured. And from the 1934 song, be like I, hold your head up high, ’til you see a ray of light and cheer and so remember this, life is no abyss somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness
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AlcoHOLidays | Brazilian Independence Day | The Samba

Greetings and Salutations! Welcome to our next cocktail series, aptly titled AlcoHOLidays. See what I did there? Of course you do! After all, you’re incredibly intelligent (I mean, you must be, you read this blog!) and it’s too early to be that far into your cups already, right? So for this series we’ll be taking a look at holidays from all over, looking into the history a bit for each, and then sharing a drink recipe in honor of the most festive occasion. And if we manage to learn a little something in the process, expand our celebratory horizons if
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Blast from the Past: The Mojito

I’m in a bit of a crunch, right now, laying out the pages for What to Feed Your Raiding Party, so our next Cosmic Cocktail will have to wait a week. So as not to start your weekend off dry, here’s a post from my 2009 archives, part of the Alpha-hol Series, about a refreshing drink perfect for the warming temperatures! —————————– The Mojito This Cuban drink is currently experiencing its second wind among the cocktail elite, with good reason. It’s tart, refreshing and nice to look at with the muddled mint swirling around the glass. A Mojito is basically lime, mint and rum topped by
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50 Shots of America–Hawaii

I suppose, pre-Internet especially but before the media made everyone so altogether global, traveling across country or to a different region could really feel like going someplace different. My own travels leads me to believe that’s not really the case anymore. Except, perhaps, in Hawaii. (Granted, I’ve never been there myself but I’d be more than willing to undertake a research expedition should someone wish to fund it. Purely scientific discovery, you understand.) A string of volcanic islands (some still active) and part of the Polynesian Islands, The Aloha State was actually a sovereign nation with a functioning monarchy before
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50 Shots of America–Florida

Liquid Sunshine Oh, hey, did you think we were done with the East Coast? That we were at least finished with the Southeast, moving as we are through the Midwest and all? Not exactly. See, while the rest of the country was becoming locally-owned, the Spanish were still holding on to Florida with a pretty good grip until after the First Seminole War in 1818 and, even then, only lost the Eastern portion.  West Florida wasn’t signed over to the US until 1819 for $5 million and the understanding that the US would give up any of it’s Texas holdings.
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50 Shots of America–Rhode Island

Seems to like all Rhode Island ever wanted was to be left alone and they just never stood a chance. An early haven for seekers of religious tolerance it was later the Switzerland of New England during the American Indian wars of 17th Century (even though no one really honored their wish to remain neutral. Strong feelings of independence made it a major player in the American Revolution, hosting the first official bloodshed of the war in Providence. The last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the Constitution on May 29, 1790, it was in the forefront of the
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