Do You Know What Today Is?

If your guess is Blueberry Day, you’d be half right. Today is actually Blueberry Muffin Day and National Mojito Day. And that got me to thinking . . .

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Bootleggers and Hot Buttered Rum

First of all, let’s give a big Thank You to Teresa Capone, an Italian immigrant who’s son was born on this day in Brooklyn in 1899. Wow, that was a long, long time ago! Gabriele and Teresa Capone had nine children, Alphonse would become the most famous.

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A Toast to The End of Prohibition

When Americans think Prohibition, we think of the 18th Amendment banning the production, transportation, and sale of alcoholic beverages. It is interesting to note that the consumption of alcohol was not prohibited. We think of the 1920s and early 30s, the birth of the Speak Easy, Organized Crime and Rum Runners. However; the movement to ban the evils of drinking began long before the 18th Amendment was ratified.

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Mai Tai by the Pitcher

June 30th is National Mai Tai Day! Did you know that once upon a time, The Zombie was the Cosmopolitan of its day. In a way, the Zombie paved the way for the Mai Tai. It was the Zombie that put Tiki drinks on the map. Then, in 1959 Hawaii became a state and the islands became a tourist Mecca almost overnight. Americans flocked to luaus where they were served a fruity tropical drink called the Mai Tai. Thanks to the tourist industry and Luaus, that rum-kicking Mai Tai knocked the Zombie off its Tiki Pedestal.

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Pink Ladies

It must be cocktail hour somewhere in the world, right? I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly care for the taste of hard liquor.  A full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon allowed to mature for at least 5 years is a delight to the senses. On a warm summer night, nothing can compare to a well-chilled crisp, late harvest wine. But hard liquors?  Thanks, but no thanks. For me, a good cocktail is one that doesn’t taste like liquor and sneaks up on you. One minute your are standing tall, the next sliding out of your chair.

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