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AN EDUCATED THIRST: PROFESSOR JERRY THOMAS, REMIXED

Ever wonder where Don The Beachcomber and Trader Vic got the idea for their exotic drinks? We know they both traveled to the Caribbean, where they learned about the Daiquiri and the Planter’s Punch. But they also found inspiration right in their own back yard. In the 1830s, American saloons served a libation called the […]

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PRAISE THE LORD AND POUR THE AMMUNITION

Our familiarity with the world of high finance stops at hunting for change on the bar-room floor. Nevertheless, we always look forward to the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal. Well, one page of it, anyway: Eric Felten’s column, “How’s Your Drink,” is a deconstruction of a different cocktail every week, garnished with well-researched […]

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BAD DRINKS IN GOOD BOOKS

Ever since the Beachbum was 86’d from his local library (apparently bunking overnight in the stacks is frowned upon … who knew?), he’s procured his books the same way he procures everything else: by beachcombing. Vacationers tend to leave their paperbacks behind when it’s time to head home, so we catch up on our reading […]

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THAT’S HOW WE ROLL

Remember that 1980s Spy magazine feature, “Logrolling In Our Time”? Every month, Spy would run a back-cover quote by Author A praising the latest book by Author B, followed by Author B’s back-cover quote praising the latest book by Author A. Lest we be accused of logrolling in our time, let it be known that […]

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