Tippling the Nog

Egg Nog Party ‘Christmas in the South – The Egg-Nog Party’ from Harper’s Weekly, 1870 Food blogger and chef, Kevin Weeks on the history of egg nog in America. Eggnog likely came to this country from England via its more aristocratic immigrants, but quickly spread. Isaac Weld, an 18th century Irish traveler who wrote about […]

How to Make a Pisco Sour & a Cocktail Video

Since writing yesterday’s post on Pisco Elqui, I’ve been searching through YouTube videos for a good one that describes how to make a Pisco Sour. Most of them are of American bartenders whipping up a version of the drink that would probably not be recognized south of Paramus, New Jersey. However, there is one beautiful, […]

Pisco Elqui

Last year, I spent a month in Chile, traveling without an itinerary, going wherever the whim took me, which oddly enough, resulted in winery visits in the region south of Santiago, and a week in the Elqui Valley, mostly in the towns of Vicuña and Pisco Elqui. Tres Erres Pisco, Product of Pisco Elqui, Chile […]

The Liquor Locusts

The Liquor Locusts

"The harsh, useful things of the world, from pulling teeth to digging potatoes, are best done by men who are as starkly sober as so many convicts in the death-house, but the lovely and useless things, the charming and exhilarating things, are best done by men with, as the phrase is, a few sheets in the wind." ~H.L. Mencken

The Dangers of Thirst

"Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing." ~Jerome K. Jerome

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The Jug of Empire!

The Jug of Empire!

"How solemn and beautiful is the thought that the earliest pioneer of civilization, the van-leader of civilization, is never the steamboat, never the railroad, never the newspaper, never the Sabbath-school, never the missionary -- but always whiskey!" ~Mark Twain