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Twenty (and fifteen) years of Astro City

The comic Astro City turns twenty this year. Not the best known comic in the world and not part of the “Big Two” comic universes of Marvel or DC. But it’s a comic series that means a lot to me … Continue reading

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Cocktail of the Week – Americano

In the past couple of months I’ve finally managed to acquire something I’ve coveted for a long time – a soda siphon! It’s an old fashioned way to make soda water – you pour tap water into the siphon, put … Continue reading

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Cocktail of the Week – The Holland House

Last week, I made a Hoffman House Cocktail. Being easily confused, I then spent most of the week referring to it as a Holland House Cocktail. Fortunately, there is a Holland House Cocktail, so it only seemed reasonable that I … Continue reading

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Cocktail of the Week – The Hoffman House

Elinor and I have, over the years, amassed a fair number of recipe books. Or more accurately, Elinor has amassed a fair number of recipe books, while I have two; “The 1000 Recipe Cookbook” from my student days and the uncompromisingly … Continue reading

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Cocktail of the Week – Nick & Nora

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Cocktail of the Week – The Vanderbilt

As I’ve probably said before, the Golden Age of Cocktails was probably the 1920’s and 30’s, when exotic recipes were devised to hide the taste of the bathtub hooch that passed for spirits in Prohibition America. But the cocktail dates … Continue reading

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Cocktail of the Week – Vodka Martini

The vodka martini. Arguably the best known of all cocktails, mostly due to a certain cinematic superspy who’s been around for 50 years. But in the year and a half that I’ve been blogging on cocktails, I’ve never featured the vodka martini. … Continue reading

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