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TGIF Cocktail Moment: The Baltimore Bang


A classic outside of Baltimore as well.


The Baltimore Bang

From Saveur.

This stiff take on a whiskey sour is traditionally made with apricot brandy, but to make it even more Baltimorean (and slightly less sweet), we've swapped that out for cognac—a nod to the bottle left annually on the Baltimore gravesite of Edgar Allan Poe.

1½ oz. bourbon
¾ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz. fruity cognac, like Rèmy Martin
¼ oz. simple syrup
Twist of orange peel, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except orange peel. Shake thoroughly and strain into an ice-filled glass. Garnish with orange twist.



Weekend Cocktail Moment: The Vieux Carrè



The Vieux Carre

Try the Vieux Carre, a heady blend of Cognac, sweet vermouth, rye and Benedictine, and then mix in a dash of Angostura bitters. There’s a little bit of old fashioned elegance in this fabulous cocktail, which is totally worth traveling for.

To make a Vieux Carre:

1 oz good quality Rye
1 oz good quality Cognac
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth
A dash of Benedictine
A dash of Angostura


Bitters: Rinse a short or shot glass with the Benedictine and Angostura, and then add the rye, vermouth and cognac. If the glass is large enough, serve with ice and a slice of lemon.




Your #WeekendCocktail Moment: The Green Ghost


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Was looking for something a little different for the weekend Cocktail, when this drink turned up and and had a mixology comeback. Meet the Green Ghost.

From Serious Eats dot com … The Green Ghost is cool again.

The Green Ghost

makes: 1 cocktail
5 minutes
5 minutes
cocktail shaker and strainer
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2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice, from 1 lime

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add gin, Chartreuse, and lime juice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass and serve.

Aside from the fact that the Green Ghost is a delicious cocktail, with a lovely appearance and a killer name, not much is known about it. It first appears in print in 1937, in the Cafe Royal Cocktail Book, where it's attributed to a J. B. Hurrell.

Never mind that. This tasty drink highlights the Chartreuse and will impress anyone who likes a pretty drink because unlike many pretty drinks, this one has flavor to match its beauty.

The McCarthy Project



Vermont High School Kills Homecoming In Fear of Twerking




When I heard the words "From The Rutland Herald"  in the MSNBC early news mentions, I assumed Bernie had made the headlines, or perhaps the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Plant was up to no good.

Instead … the culprit was a Vermont Catholic high school nearby that had done the unthinkable and cancelled Homecoming. For fear of The Twerk.

Were they expecting an orgy? The hippie population is alive and well so this is doubly surprising.

I'm rarely ashamed of Vermont, but I have no idea what those idiots are thinking to censor or cancel Homecoming. We don't have a ton of culture up here always, but this has to be one of the most ridiculous and wrong-headed strictures on fun and dancing in state history. From the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — Administrators at Mount Anthony Union High School have canceled the homecoming dance scheduled for Sept. 20 because the popularity of an aggressive and sexually suggestive dance has made some students feel uncomfortable and unsafe, said Principal Sue Maguire.


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In a letter, Maguire said the dance, called “twerking,” had been popularized by Miley Cyrus at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Since then, the way students have been dancing at school functions has “crossed the line of what we can condone as appropriate behavior at a school,” she said.

For crying out loud … couldn't the kids have the freedom to enjoy Homecoming? Mount Saint Anthony could have an alternate plan, just bring in more frowning nuns with rulers to herd the Twerkers.

Terry Creech, professor of dance and other arts at Bennington College (the school is also in Bennington) gave an opinion on the limitations. A high school further north, near Stowe, Vermont, is trying to shut down all dancing. Because of the Evil Twerking.

WTH? The principle of Mount Saint Anthony, Sue McGuire, doesn't seem to eager to bring dancing back ...

"We plan on continuing the dialogue in hopes that we can work together to reinstate dances,” Maguire said.

“Unfortunately, our young people are continuously exposed to a culture filled with sexualized images and messages, but this should not and cannot be permitted at our school."


What kind of message is this to high school and young girls -- that they're acting like sluts and can't be trusted -- but do have actionable offenses.

This really speaks to the wave of anti-feminist/anti-woman sweeping the country since the damn Tea Party started going as far Right as possible: Full On Puritan.

Have they not seen Dirty Dancing?

Look out folks, it'll be burkas and no visible skin from head to toe. The evil female can't suppress her libido in public -- so shut them down.

Terry Creach continued,

Some of the religions in the U.S. think of dancing as being sinful and sexual as opposed to an art form or being sensual,” he said. “… For those of us in the dance world, we feel very limited by that perspective.

Check out the the principal's letter at Bennington