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Feb222012

SPIRITED AWAY...

I recently had a conversation with my friend Kate Byars about the phrase "cocktail" and how it skeeves me out to my core. Do y'all have a favorite synonym for this crude term- spirits? 5'oclocks? Aperitif is too snooty patooty, but if you have any suggestions I am all ears! 

 Items, clockwise from the top:  Wood muddler from Coterie, Brookfarm General Store stainless steel  straws,  Dutch's Colonial Bitters from Kaufmann Mercantile, Japanese Kraft Envelopes( for storing drink recipes) from Kaufmann Mercantile, India Tree brown sugar cubes, Morris Kitchen Boiled Apple Cider Syrup from Kaufmann Mercantile. 

I'm thrilled with the renewed interest in mixology mainly because I have a stockpile of gift-ideas for Ed, even though he's pretty simple- basic whiskey straight or on the rocks. Craft whiskies are somewhat lost on him since he's a Jack Daniels/ Makers Mark kind of man. I'm an aesthetics gal so fancy pants bar stocking is in his future ;)

For a charming tour of the some spirited folks, go here and here, courtesy of talented photographer Jen Causey.

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I heard once that the word cocktail came from the fact that people would drink them in the morning-- you'd basically sweeten/liven up your booze with some additional bitters and sugar and fruit or whatever so it was more palatable over breakfast. :) So the cock in cocktail is referring to a rooster. That helps me think of it as 19th century American, not kinda vulgar!

February 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterliz

Thanks for including my muddler in this lovely post! Cocktail is a slightly off-putting word... but two drinks in I rarely think about it!

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJane Flanagan

LIZ: Ooh I like that a lot, actually. That is now a fun fact I will keep in my back pocket to dazzle people with :)

JANE; Your store is a dream.

March 7, 2012 | Registered CommenterGinny Branch

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