Is it Necessary to Speak French if You Love Wine?

If there was such a thing, I would have been diagnosed with “Dyslexia for Second Languages”. My sister was able to tutor herself in Hebrew so she could understand enough to read old obscure documents. After all, she double majored in Anthropology and Religious Studies. I would consider myself an intelligent individual, but not an…

The History of Mixology Part Two: Prohibition

Thanks to many temperance unions and progressive political reformers determined to clean up a morally deprived society, the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified on January 17th, 1920. The production and sale of alcoholic beverages became illegal and breweries, wineries, and distilleries all over the country went bankrupt and closed. This was the beginning of Prohibition in…

The History of Mixology Part One: Jerry Thomas

Can you imagine happy hour without cocktails? Hard to believe that there was a time when there wasn’t a hipster bar on every corner boasting of its master mixologists skills. While the process of fermenting wine and distilling spirits has a long history, mixology’s history spans roughly only 200 years. So where does it all…

La Fée Verte Tragedies

“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are and that is the most horrible thing in the world” –Oscar Wild. Has there ever been a more controversial drink than Absinthe? Elixir of Life,…