Category Archives: drink recipes

C is for Cocktail: Shrub, the Temperance Cocktail You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

When thinking about cocktails, do these lovely ladies ever spring to mind? Probably not! But did you know that the fine ladies of the Women’s Christian Temperance Movement are a big part of why one of the world’s oldest cocktails—the … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: This Summer’s WTTW Chicago History Cocktails Are For The Ladies

  Last year, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight featured a series of cocktail creations based on Chicago history. This summer, they’ve brought them back—with a twist. Instead of Chicago politics, they’re focusing on Chicago’s historical leading ladies, starting with Bertha Palmer, the … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: Chicago Politics Inspire Original Recipes on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight

~*~ At the end of July 2016, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight blog started posting cocktail recipes—and not just any cocktail recipes. CHICAGO HISTORY cocktail recipes! 😀 What does that mean? Well, it turns out that each post in this Chicago Tonight series pairs a notable Chicago … Continue reading

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Raise a Glass: Today is National Bootlegger’s Day…and Al’s Birthday, Too!

Thanks to the magic of Google Alerts I found out that today—January 17th—is none other than National Bootlegger’s Day. What’s National Bootlegger’s Day, you ask? Well, according to NationalDayCalendar, this day was created to celebrate bootleggers and their various attempts to … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail Guest Post: Prohibition Cocktail Recipes by Dan McCarthy

Seems I’m not the only one who enjoys Prohibition cocktails! 🙂 Freelance writer Dan McCarthy has been known to knock back a drink or two–and today he’s going to share his awesome cocktail knowledge with all of you! He’s been … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: It’s National Daiquiri Day! :D

  Guess what, everyone? July 19th is National Daiquiri Day! So, naturally, today we’re going to talk about the daiquiri. First off, let’s clear something up right away: when I’m talking about daiquiris here, I’m not talking about those frozen, brightly-colored … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: Paris Overreacts to that “vile American mixed drink”

~*~ Hemingway called Paris in the 1920s “one long binge,” and he was pretty much right. Throughout Prohibition, millions of American tourists flocked to France to see the sights and sample the local brews. Author and editor Clifton Fadiman called Paris … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: The Bad Boys and Girls of Hollywood

If the stories are true, it seems that all of Hollywood was perpetually drunk during Prohibition. Alcohol flowed at the private parties of the rich just as easily as it did in the shabby low-end speakeasies tucked into Sunset Boulevard. … Continue reading

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C is for Cocktail: What’s in a Name? The Origin of the Word “Cocktail”

If you asked a barkeep in early 1700s America for a cocktail, they’d probably think you wanted to buy a horse. Horses who’d had their tails bobbed or docked short were known as “cocktails.” Docking, or the cutting off of a … Continue reading

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C is For Cocktail: Cheers to the Ladies

I wish I could drink like a lady,  I can take one or two at the most,  Three and I’m under the table,  Four and I’m under the host! –Dorothy Parker (supposedly) Hello everyone! Today we’re focusing on two cocktails … Continue reading

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