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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.



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




#WeekendCocktailMoment ~ The Classic Sazerac Cocktail




To me this cocktail says late night -- so you don't have far to go to make it to bed before the whole damn house starts spinning.

It's a sipper.

Though I can easily see Scarlett O'Hara knocking three back in a row on a 'bad man day'.

This version is from Esquire Magazine. Stock up on tea/bartenders sugar cubes if your supply is low. Two types of bitters may seem redundant, but they are very different in flavor, color and degrees of 'pucker'. The drink is thought to have been invented in old New Orleans, circa 1850.

Cognac was sometimes substituted for rye, but a massive cognac shortage at that time changed the recipe.

No wonder women randomly display their twins at Mardi Gras.



The Sazerac

1 sugar cube

2 1/2 ounces rye whisky
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
1 dash Angostura bitters
lemon peel

Glass Type: old-fashioned glass

In an Old-Fashioned glass (not a mixing glass; it's part of the ritual), muddle a sugar cube with a few drops of water. Add several small ice cubes and the rye whiskey,* the Peychaud's bitters, and the Angostura bitters.**

Stir well and strain into a second, chilled, Old-Fashioned glass in which you have rolled around a few drops of absinthe (no substitute really works, but you can try either a mix of Pernod and green Chartreuse, or Absente) until its inside is thoroughly coated, pouring off the excess. Garnish with a twist of lemon peel (some insist that this be squeezed over the drink and discarded; Handy wasn't so picky).

* Use the good stuff, if you can find it: Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye (13 years old), or Sazerac Rye (18 years old).
** Optional. It's not in the original recipe, but it's traditional nonetheless, and it's not bad.





Your #WeekendCocktailMoment: The Bee's Knees Cocktail


There's something special about a cocktail with a history as tasty as the potent potable. The Bee's Knees came out of Prohibition just in time for the roaring Twenties and infamy. From, a bit more background to taste along with the drink.

This concoction was born during the years of Prohibition, when most liquor was low-quality bathtub gin that needed plenty of masking with other flavors. The cocktail is called “The Bee’s Knees,” a cute name and a popular phrase during the 1920s.

To call something the “bee’s knees” is to say that it’s top notch and grand. The etymology of the phrase is unclear; it may be in reference to bees carrying pollen near the middle of their legs, or it could just be an idiom for “business,” since calling something “the business” was a similar compliment during that time period. Either way, the name represents this cocktail well, since it relies on the sweet flavor of honey to overpower the gin.


The Bee’s Knees Cocktail

Honey Simple Syrup
½ cup honey
½ cup water
Bee's Knees Cocktail
1 oz (2 tbsp) honey simple syrup – method below
¾ ounce (1 ½ tbsp) gin
½ oz (1 tbsp) freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ oz (1 tbsp) freshly squeezed orange juice


To Make Honey Simple Syrup: Combine water and honey in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, whisking often, till the mixture reaches a slow simmer and the honey is liquid and smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

To Make Cocktail: Combine 2 tbsp of the honey simple syrup, gin, lemon juice and orange juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a small chilled cocktail glass and serve.

Reserve remaining honey simple syrup for more cocktails. If left to stand longer than a few hours, the syrup will need to be re-simmered and recombined, then cooled again.