May 5, 1994 |
Some people may think it's a shameful waste, but a shot of gin will do wonders to perk up a drooping bouquet of flowers. The main ingredient in a Tom Collins or a Singapore Sling will particularly perk up tulips and other bulbs, say those who've tried it. "Absolutely. It works," said Ruth Holmstrom, a San Jose, Calif., flower show judge who also teaches flower arranging. "When I took floral design classes at College of San Mateo, the instructor advised using about a half-cup of gin with tulips.
July 10, 2015
BUZZ: Hey, Marnie, I saw something weird at the state store yesterday - brown gin! What's that about? Marnie: I'd bet that was a barrel-aged gin, Buzz. Buzz: Why would someone put gin in a barrel? Beer, bourbon, wine, sure. But gin? You put gin in a tonic. Marnie: Well, gin and tonic is certainly refreshing, especially at this time of year. But, gin is far more versatile than most people realize. Buzz: Really? Marnie: Nowadays we think of vodka as the ultimate base for mixed drinks, but 100 years ago gin was king of the cocktail kingdom.
February 21, 2005 |
My right leg went numb. Then a pulsing thunderstorm of pain shock-waved through my body. I writhed in agony on a fresh-cut field of grass; I knew I was in trouble. I had shattered my leg in three places. My high school soccer season was over. Relegated to a hospital bed, I realized I'd never play scholastic soccer again. This revelation was more debilitating than the actual injury to my tibia and fibula. Throughout my childhood and teen years, soccer had been my identity. I had always been my team's leading scorer.
July 5, 2012 |
BUZZ: It's summertime again, so everybody's drinking gin-and-tonics. Ugh. Why anybody would drink something that smells like Pine-Sol is beyond me. Makes me queasy just thinking about it. Marnie: Believe it or not, Buzz, modern gin traces its roots to a 17th-century Dutch remedy for upset stomachs, among other ailments. Alcoholic tinctures of botanical ingredients were common medicines. Juniper berries were thought to help kidney problems, gallstones and the gout, too. Buzz: So how come people still drink it?
June 19, 2011
Keep your liquor cabinet's top shelf in the loop with these latest arrivals from the West Coast's craft spirit scene, the exceptional gin and silky smooth wheat whiskey from Dry Fly in Spokane, Wash. Recently named "Distiller of the Year" by the American Distilling Institute, and newly available in Pennsylvania, Dry Fly has come a long way since it was founded four years ago by two pals on a fishing trip who ditched their corporate jobs to make artisan booze from local ingredients.
September 30, 1988 |
Ruth Udstad Fertel is a gin rummy player. She always has been, ever since she was a wee lass in Happy Jack, La., a bend in the mighty Mississippi about 40 miles south of New Orleans. Happy Jack is named for a peddler who worked the river road selling pots and pans. Because he was always smiling, his customers called him Happy Jack and when the little settlement in the bend of the river was incorporated, the residents named the town Happy Jack. Happy Jack is peopled by fisherman and trappers, most of them Czech, but Ruth Fertel is neither fisherman or trapper.
April 6, 2008 |
It was a fellow by the musical name of Manuel Roig-Franzia who introduced me to the Negroni, the most elegant - and unquestionably most adult, and certifiably legendary - classic cocktail (an aperitif, if you will) that you've likely never had the sweet pleasure of meeting. Even at the Swann Lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel, hardly known for edginess, they mix them about one to 500; that would be one Negroni ordered a week, versus 500 vodka martinis and their ilk. So finding a bartender sensitive to its subtleties is no simple matter: The Negroni, on paper, is neatly gin, sweet vermouth and Campari, equal parts, stirred on ice and strained, with a twist of lemon, or fresh orange, or for fancier presentations, perhaps freshly burnt orange.
November 17, 1996 |
The cocktail culture is truly upon us - from the resurgence of the martini to the exploding popularity of mood music. According to author Barnaby Conrad 3d, "Bartenders across the country report that the martini is once again the favorite mixed drink in America. " Whether gin or vodka, this ritualistically blended drink seems to be all the rage. Like past generations seen sipping martinis in their smoking jackets and cocktail dresses - as in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's, today's twenty-, thirty- and fortysomethings are dressing up and stepping out. Previously shunned naughties such as cocktails and steak are again fashionable.
July 17, 2015 |
When it comes to summer drinking, many are content with a minimal approach - a tumbler of rosé, a quick glug of tequila, a chilly can tucked into a koozie. The hows and whys of hot-weather thirst-quenching get a little more complex, however, where cocktails are concerned. Time of year isn't a priority for every professional drink-maker writing a new list, but a number of Philadelphia bartenders take the season to heart, building menus that reflect both the calendar and the thermometer.
September 22, 2011
This punch, by Phoebe Esmon at The Farmers' Cabinet, calls for local gin and absinthe from Philadelphia Distillers. Says Esmon, "Remember, punch isn't just an easier way to binge-drink. It's designed to sit on ice, instead of being shaken, where it can slowly dilute. " THE CONTRARIAN 6 ounces Bluecoat gin 3 ounces lemon juice, fresh squeezed 2 1/2 ounces simple syrup 1 ounce Vieux Carre Absinthe 16 dashes Peychaud's bitters 6 ounces club soda or sparkling mineral water Ice Lemon wheels In a punch bowl, add the gin, absinthe, simple syrup, lemon juice, bitters, and club soda and stir well.