On Drinking Up and Sitting Down With the Men's Men at the Nashville Whiskey Festival

@LacunaKale It is the best. My dad said a few years ago, "Wow, life is pretty neat. My kids are teaching me about scotch." (My mother thinks the peaty smoke monsters I favor taste like cat pee. "Nice cat pee, I guess," she said, after a sip of Lagavulin. "I mean, I can taste the flavors you talk about, but I don't enjoy them.")

God bless, DC's got a bar with an on-site whisky expert, and one of the most fun things is to give her a profile of flavors and a price point and see what she brings back. She ruined me by bringing up a Bowmore that tasted like salt, smoke, and cold granite; I wanted to cradle it to my bosom and run away to the hills with it. Once you find a way in with scotch, it's a world full of wonders.

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm 0

On Did We Live Up To Our Yearbook Pages?

@Probs TWINSIES! Except that I forgot the photo date and so there's a line that says something like, "Gee, [3penny] was too busy with books to show up for this picture OH WELL." Coulda been much worse.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:53 pm 0

On Wendy Davis's Beat the Heat Cocktails

@ms. alex I managed to find my copy of the recipe, which is very similar to bocadelperro's (and a little more involved than I'd suggested from memory, above): 1 can frozen lemonade, 1 can water, 3/4 can tequila, 1/4 can triple sec, 4 bottles of Ruby Redbird; stir gently, then pour over crushed ice. Serve in glasses with salted or salt-and-sugared rims.

Other Shiner recipes include making brownies with Bohemian Dark Lager to replace the amount of water called for in a boxed mix, and serving the brownies with a blenderized mix of ice cubes, Blue Bell vanilla (other brands are acceptable if you're outside the southlands), and half a bottle of the dark (put the whole pitcher in the freezer until the mix resolidifies a bit).

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm 0

On Wendy Davis's Beat the Heat Cocktails

@ms. alex Shiner makes a summer Ruby Redfruit beer, and at some point they had a recipe for a beerita you could make using it. Basically, you use the beer as you would sour mix and then spike in triple sec to taste. Should the spirits move you, as it were.

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm 1

On Texas Senator Wendy Davis's Filibuster

Texas pinners, share your stories now! Senator Davis needs material. Posted on June 25, 2013 at 8:12 pm 1

On Star Trek Into Darkness: Waiting for Superman

Can we please talk about how Simon Pegg pranked Benedict Wossname? Because it is marrrvelous.

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm 8

On How to Behave on Your Online Date: A Bartender’s Perspective

@minijen We assume you mean just the tips.

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:02 pm 12

On Daisy, You're a Drip, Dear: Detestable Literary Characters Who Are Not Technically Villains

Lily Bart, for serious. Edith Wharton does a bang-up job of creating a realistic character I want to slap into next week, possibly while screaming "Pick a direction! Make an active choice! Grow a spine and stand up for something other than looking good a Worth dress! Show some damn agency!" She raises fascinating questions about the period and women's options, but man, even milk-and-(arsenic?)-water May Welland is less aggravating. At least May recognizes a threat and acts to neutralize it; Lily just gracefully...doesn't. Maddening.

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 11:24 am 4

On 10 Things My Yoga Instructor Said That Almost Made Me Quit Yoga

@planforamiracle @Olympic Hopeful For me, it's often down to needing potassium; eating a banana about 45 minutes before class seems to help prevent the worst of the ow-ow-OW-sonofabitch-my-foot cramps.

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 9:25 am 0

On This Is a Goodbye Post

With that gut reaction out of the way, hurrah, congratulations! And may I be the first to ask that Bella be a guest contributor to the new endeavor? Because OTTB BRAINS HOW DO THEY WORK.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 1:04 pm 4