AlcoHOLidays | Election Day | Political Party

Back when I was first in college (in the dim mists of the late 20th century), I was incredibly political and planning to become an event planner. I even went as far, for a Intro to Business project, as creating a business plan based on my company-to-be, aptly named Party Politics. I’ve volunteered on campaigns, participated in straw polls, attended election parties, and become thoroughly disillusioned with the entire process. And that’s about all I’m going to say on the subject of politics as I blog about cocktails to be convivial, not combative. Election Day, the Tuesday after the first
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AlcoHOLidays | Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival | Moonrise Reunion

Welcome, friends, to another installment of our AlcoHOLidays series, where we take a moment to raise our glass in celebration for a local or not so local holiday. This coming weekend (September 3o, in the States, September 29, in China) is the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, or the Moon Cake Festival. Like many harvest festivals, it’s ruled by the moon phases, so the dates can shift each year but it’s usually some time in September (the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, to be specific). During this festival it’s traditional to spend time with friends and
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Cosmic Cocktails | Aquarius | The Bleeding Heart

As we wind down our trip through the cocktail cosmos, we come to our next-t0-last sign: Aquarius. Symbolized by the water-bearer, Aquarians often find themselves happiest when helping others–both in face-to-face, person-to-person encounters as well as large-scale humanitarian efforts that benefit many. They also tend to be incredibly idealistic, but with follow-through: eschewing businesses that employ third-world factory labor, for instance, or even those without corporate recycling programs. With this idealism can come a rigidity, though, that we wouldn’t normally expect in an air sign. What is in line with their air-sign brethren is the propensity to do their own
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Written in the Stars

Destiny? Fate? An excuse for every human foible? That, my friends, are just some of the things folks find when they gaze up at the night sky. Me? I have perhaps more than the average interest in astrology but I take it, like most things, with a few grains of salt and a whole lot of common sense. (And, no, we’re not salting this martini. I made one exception, that was more than enough!) What we are, is closing out this lovely romp through flavored-martini land with an ode to the stars, planets, and who knows what else out there in
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She Was Afraid to Come Out With the Vodka…

She was afraid to come out with the Vodka She was as nervous as she could be She was afraid to come out with the Vodka She was afraid that somebody would see Two three four tell the people what she bore It was an Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Martini That she served for the first time today An Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Martini So with the Vodka, she wanted to stay This song has been dancing around my head for more than a week–the moment I realized this week’s letter-inspiration was Y, yellow
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Convergence of Annoying Naming Conventions

As much as I absolutely adore anything that Apple comes out with, I have to admit that the iEverything naming thing is a little much. In fact, it’s almost as annoying as the prevalence of calling anything in a cocktail glass a -tini. Of course, the -tini appelation is appropriate when the drink is inspired by the original and, well, I suppose the leading lowercase i deserves the same benefit. The iTini 2 oz Vodka 1 oz Anise-flavored Liqueur Combine the two alcohols in a shaker over ice and shake like an etch-a-sketch*. Strain into a chilled-but-no-frills cocktail glass and
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Give Me 3 CCs–Stat!

Unlike a goodly portion of human adults, I don’t rely on a cup of coffee or three to start my day (part of it is that whole no-caffeine thing, of course). Sure, I indulge in the occasional Venti Decaf Soy Caramel Macchiatto when I manage to leave the house a little early but, for the most part, my coffee-flavored indulgences happen later in the day. Much later. A good after-dinner coffee drink–with plenty of cream, of course–can only be improved by one thing, in my mind: chocolate. So I offer up this take on the chocolate coffee martini. 3-C Martini
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Fourth of July Jello Shots

Jello shots are a very festive way to celebrate the holiday. They are easy to make and fun for parties. For Fourth of July, follow the recipe below but only use Red and Blue jello for holiday colors. Top with whipped cream for a holiday feel! Make sure you chill for 4-5 hours so they are hard before serving. Star Spangled Jello Shooters 4 c  Package Jello* 2 c  Boiling water 2 c  Liquor** *Any flavor. * *86 or 100 proof–don’t use 151, any type. Dissolve the Jello in the boiling water and let it cool. Add the liquor. Pour
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50 Shots of America–Idaho

What I know of Idaho is what I saw on the 5# sack of potatoes as a kid: what it’s shaped like and potatoes come from there. It’s one of the few states I could pick out on an unlabeled map, thanks to their simple but straightforward marketing plan. No surprise, there’s a lot more to our 43rd state than I realized. After being excluded from the official boundaries of first Oregon and then Washington, The Gem State (so named as every known gem has been found in the state, including the rare star garnet) got it’s very own statehood
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50 Shots of America: North Dakota

In our continuing journey across the US via cocktail, we head almost to Canada, today, with a look at either the 38th or 39th state… ~~~oOo~~~ There’s some confusion as to which state rightfully comes next in our tour of the states by date of statehood. You see, North and South Dakota both came up for statehood at the same time (as part of the Enabling Act of 1889) and President Harrison knew there was quite the rivalry between the two as to which would be first. So, to remain completely neutral, he had his aid shuffle the petitions and
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