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A Cocktail Family Tree

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A Cocktail Family Tree

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If one were somehow to assemble all the people in the world who are obsessed with cocktails, it would—well, it would look a lot like Tales of the Cocktail, only bigger, louder and even crazier. But assume you managed to get the “enthusiasts” (as I’ll euphemistically call them) to vote on which drinks belong in the pantheon of true classics. In the end, you’d probably come up with some 150 or 200 recipes.

Most of the elixirs on this list, alas, would be of doubtful parentage. The precise origins of theMartini, the Sidecar, the Margarita, the Rusty Nail, the bowl of punch and even the original cocktail itself are sunk in obscurity. We don’t know exactly when they were invented, or where.

Fortunately, there are a few concoctions whose nativity is known. The Daiquiri, for one, dates back to the hills outside Santiago de Cuba, in 1897. Others began their careers as signature drinks of a particular watering hole. The Mai Tai was originally served at Trader Vic’s, whose restaurant chain is still with us, as is the Carousel Bar in New Orleans’ Hotel Monteleone, which gave us the wonderful Vieux Carré.

But many seminal establishments, however, have migrated to the Great Cocktail Route in the Sky, orphaning their signature drinks. Los Angeles’ Don the Beachcomber, home of the Zombie, was a parking lot last time I checked. Victor Morris’ fine bar in Lima, Peru, that whipped up the Pisco Sour is as defunct as the Inca Empire.

Luckily, at least a few of these orphan creations commemorate their birthplaces with their names. TheManhattan, for example, keeps the old Manhattan Club alive.

And a couple of these tipples have found themselves new homes. From the 1880s until the late 1940s (with a brief hiatus due to Japanese occupation), the Pegu Club was the place in Rangoon, Burma, where British colonialists and their foreign guests gathered to cut the humidity with something cold and wet. Its house cocktail (pictured above), created in the 1910s or 1920s, was so delightfully effective that in 2005, when Audrey Saunders opened her (also delightfully effective) New York bar, she named it the Pegu Club and has featured the eponymous libation ever since.

Likewise, three years later, when Liquor.com advisory board member Julie Reiner settled in Brooklyn, she chose the pink and frothy but ridiculously tasty signature cocktail of Philadelphia’s defunct Clover Club, a rowdy association of journalists and local politicians that closed a couple decades into the 20th century, to christen her new joint. I like a drink with a happy ending.

CLOVER CLUB

Contributed by David Wondrich
INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 oz London dry gin
  • 1 oz Dry vermouth
  • .5 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz Raspberry syrup
  • .5 oz egg white
  • Garnish: Raspberry
  • Glass: Cocktail

PREPARATION:
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a raspberry.

Buffett sells Cheeseburger in Paradise chain

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From News-Press: “Jimmy Buffett sells Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurant chain

Luby’s Inc., owner of Luby’s Cafeterias and Fuddruckers, announced today that it will buy the Cheeseburger in Paradise brand, owned by singer Jimmy Buffett, for $11 million.

There are 23 Cheeseburger in Paradise locations in 14 states, with a revenue of $50 million.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, known for its beach-party atmosphere, has a location in south Fort Myers on Daniels Parkway.

Buffett developed the brand 10 years ago based on one of his most popular songs.

The sell is expected to close on or before Dec. 5.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/11/30/13385/

Finally Some Rain

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It has been weeks since we had any rain in Destin. That all changed Tuesday. The skies opened up and we got a good soaking for several hours. By the time I headed home from work the clouds had gone and the full moon was huge as it was rising. We are supposed to get some warmer days over the next few. I am ready for summer and it’s not even winter yet! On the bright side, hurricane season is over tomorrow. Another year with no big storm. We love that in Destin.

Monday night Sunshine Cindy and I headed to Sago Sports bar to grab a bite to eat and watch some of the Monday night football game. We got a big hug from Stephanie the bartender as we walked in. We sat at one of the booths. They are so comfortable. Monday’s they have $5 pitchers of beer. The place was not crowded. Morgan waited on us and she was cutting up with us as there was not much else for her to do. We enjoyed ourselves.

Tuesday we stayed in. Sunshine Cindy cooked a ham and we pigged out. (No pun intended!) Wednesday was Christmas decorating day at the house. The tree is up and the holiday spirit is taking hold. Hard to believe but it is less than four weeks till Christmas.

It’s official. The Snowbirds are back. I saw my first Ontario, Canada license plate the other day. They have also officially opened the Snowbird roost at the community center. Yep, time to get ready for slow drivers with a turn signal that stays on. As Brent Burns likes to say, “If a car from Michigan passes you this time of the year…it is stolen!”

We don’t have a lot planned for this weekend. We will go with the flow but I am sure we will find some interesting places to visit. Have fun. See ya Monday with a full report!

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Buffett to play Jacksonville on Feb 7, 2013

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From FirstCoastNews.com: Jimmy Buffett to perform at Jax Arena February 7, tickets go on sale December 8

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band will bring a taste of Magaritaville to the First Coast Thursday, February 7. The show will take place at 8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Part of Buffett’s “Lounging at the Lagoon” tour, tickets for the performance will go on sale Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. There is a limit of eight tickets per customer.

Larry Wilson, General Manager of SMG Jacksonville, said, “We are excited to have Jimmy Buffett return to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena this February. Jimmy Buffett has become the can’t-miss concert experience for Jacksonville music fans.”

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/11/29/13383/

Buffett to play Jacksonville on Feb 7, 2013

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From FirstCoastNews.com: Jimmy Buffett to perform at Jax Arena February 7, tickets go on sale December 8

Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band will bring a taste of Magaritaville to the First Coast Thursday, February 7. The show will take place at 8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Part of Buffett’s “Lounging at the Lagoon” tour, tickets for the performance will go on sale Saturday, December 8 at 10 a.m. There is a limit of eight tickets per customer.

Larry Wilson, General Manager of SMG Jacksonville, said, “We are excited to have Jimmy Buffett return to Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena this February. Jimmy Buffett has become the can’t-miss concert experience for Jacksonville music fans.”

Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, all ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/11/29/13383/

Buffett adds Pensacola FL show – Feb 5, 2013

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From PNJ.com: Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will bring their “Lounging at the Lagoon” tour to the Pensacola Bay Center on Feb. 5, 2013 and tickets – the ultimate stocking stuffer for the denizens of Margaritaville – will go on sale just in time for the holidays at 10 a.m. Dec. 7.

Information on prices was not immediately available. Tickets for concerts at the Pensacola Bay Center – formerly the Pensacola Civic Center – are tiypically sold at the center’s box office, Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com and by phone at (800) 745-3000.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/11/28/13381/

Buffett visits the White House

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From the Washington Post: “Jimmy Buffett visits national security staffers at White House

Like the man says, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere — even in the Situation Room! The White House’s National Security Council staff got an unexpected visit Tuesday afternoon from Jimmy Buffett.

The ever-mellow singer-songwriter — in town, we’re told, for the groundbreaking of an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial — greeted the folks who work in the Situation Room and about 20 other national security staffers; also chatted with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. In jeans and a sweater, the Bard of Happy Hour posed for photos and at one point grabbed a clock off the wall — guess what time it just happened to be when he walked in? Proof, Buffett joked, that it really is 5 o’clock somewhere.

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/11/28/13379/

Buffett narrates new PSA for Manatee Awareness

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From the Examiner: “Jimmy Buffett narrates new PSA in support of Manatee Awareness Month in Florida

The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA), a non-profit trade association for the scuba diving industry has teamed up with Save the Manatees to release a new Public Service Announcement. Narrated by well-known performer Jimmy Buffett, the PSA is aimed at increasing awareness of the need to protect the manatees.

“Preventing the risk of extinction of manatees due to human related encounters is critical to all of us in the dive industry who have enjoyed snorkeling and diving with these majestic marine mammals,” said Tom Ingram, Executive Director of DEMA. “DEMA feels privileged to work with Jimmy Buffett and the Save the Manatee Club on this important endeavor.”

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Article source: http://www.buffettnews.com/2012/11/28/13377/

Post Thanksgiving in Destin

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday. Sunshine Cindy and I spent it with her parents. The weather was perfect as was the food and drinks.

On Friday we had a Crab Island Mambo party at Landshark Pizza. Jan Patton played music for us and everyone had a great time. We had a good turnout. The beer and food flowed. The one memorable moment was when a homeless guy riding a bicycle hit the curb right in front of Landshark and hit the ground. He could barely stand to get back up on the bike. As he tried to ride away I said he was going to hit my car BadAss. Sure enough, across the parking lot he wobbled and ran right into my car sprawling over the hood. I headed out there but Sunshine Cindy stopped and said she would take care of it. After getting an earful from her he managed to ride away not hitting anything else. The car was okay though.

Saturday Sunshine Cindy and I spent around the house for most of the day. It was time to get the Christmas decorations out of the attic. By mid afternoon I was ready to watch some football. My Buckeyes had already beat that team from up north but Florida and Fl. State was coming on. I headed over to Hogs Breath. The weather was still nice and I had the top down. Sunshine Cindy decided to stay home. I sat at the outside bar. I got there early as they usually open the outside bar at 4 but Rikki was already opening it. I got a seat in front of the TV’s. Wayne came out and joined me. One of our Parrothead friends Bill came in and we talked to him for a while.

Sunshine Cindy decided to come out too. She joined us as the place was filling up. They have good football specials. We had a good time and stayed for the start of the late game. Notre Dame was playing and I was interested in watching them. We left at halftime and went home to watch them win. They are on to the national championship game. Good for them.

Sunday was cooler but I still took a bike ride. I need to work off some of the food I have been eating. I wanted to watch the Browns/Steelers game. I headed to Landshark Pizza and once again Sunshine Cindy stayed back at the house. She is not a huge sports fan. As I walked in and sat down the Browns were already losing. Geeze, the game was only 2 minutes old. LD was at the bar. I talked to him the whole time. He was there because he was out of beer at home and they can’t sell any in the stores till 1 pm. He had an hour to go.

There was a good crowd in there. Pitchers of beer are only $6 or buckets are $11. Good deals. Later Kirby and Matt came in. The Browns held on to win. It was ugly but a win over Pittsburgh is always good. I also had a good view of the Falcons game. They also won. It was a good day. Oh yeah, LD was still there when I left. Guess he didn’t need to get any beer on the way home now. LOL

Enjoy the week as we get into the holiday season. See ya Thursday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2012/11/post-thanksgiving-in-destin.html

Happy Thanksgiving

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I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. Be thankful for what you have and for our troops who help keep us secure so we could celebrate each year.



This week has seen the traffic picking up and tourist coming into town for the holiday. Tuesday I went to Landshark Pizza to hang out and have some food. Sunshine Cindy was doing some stuff around the house and didn’t want to leave so off I went. The top was down even though it was cool. Landshark was packed. They had four big groups. It looked like families that had come into town had gotten together there for dinner. I sat at the bar and watched Brian, Sue and Steph run around like madmen. Tuesdays is $2 Corona beers. I had several and some wings. All good. I talked with Kent from the Logo Place for a bit too as he was sitting at the bar.


Jan

Wednesday the weather was about as nice as it could get. For my afternoon walk at work the temp was 78 degrees. Perfect with no clouds. We went to KC’s Sandbar in Ft. Walton for the evening to meet up with some friends. Sunshine Cindy and I got there first. We sat at the bar and ordered some food. Lauren was behind the bar. She is different with tattoo’s, piercings and a Mohawk with different colors in her hair. That is the charm of KC’s, you get all types in there including us Trop Rockers.

Our crowd started coming in. Wayne, Kenny, Julie, Jan and Loujean all made it. Jan was playing so he was setting up. Mike the owner came and talked to us for a good while. I have known Mike for several years and watched him grow his place into something big. There was even a local beat cop walk in. He knew everyone, chatted for a few minutes before moving on. It was a fun night. Temps got down to about 60 but it was still comfortable. A good prelude to Thanksgiving.

A quick note about our stop at Anglers last weekend that I failed to mention. They are remolding a lot of the place. It is mostly being done upstairs but the bathrooms downstairs are now brand new. The lights are so bright you think you are going to be interrogated. Also come on out and join Sunshine Cindy and I at Landshark Pizza on Friday. Jan will be playing from 1-5. It will be a good time. Landshark is next to Old Time Pottery in Destin.

Have a great weekend. See ya Monday!

Article source: http://destinsteve.blogspot.com/2012/11/happy-thanksgiving.html