Drink History: President’s Day

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Soldiers on both sides of the American Revolution were given rum rations to keep them alert and fearless, and almost a decade before the infamous Boston Tea Party was The Sugar Act of 1764- which inhibited New England’s production of rum and sparked the flames of the revolution. The celebration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence included “50 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of Claret (British nickname for Bordeaux wines), and 22 bottles of Port”.

Alcohol is a big part of American history, and today on George Washington’s birthday- President’s Day- let’s examine the drinking habits of some of our nation’s Presidents.

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Ultimate Guide to Valentine’s Day: Dinner, Dessert, & Wine Pairing

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Wines pictured: (left to right) Rodney Strong Chardonnay, Louis Latour Chardonnay, Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis, Ayala Perle d’Ayala, Serristori Chianti Classico Riserva, Mocali Brunello di Montalcino, Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon, Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rosé

Valentine’s Day is upon us, and all of the clichés and pressure surrounding this holiday can seem far from romantic. Whether you’re on a budget or short on time, this year skip the fancy restaurant, light some candles, and set the table. Below you’ll find three dinners and a dessert that anyone can recreate, and everyone will enjoy. I’ve also included wine pairings for every dish, leaving you free to think about more important things- like what you’re going to wear.

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Brandy Alexander Cocktail

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It’s Brandy Alexander Day, and if you’ve never tried one, today is the day. This creamy cocktail came into existence in the early 20th century and enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1970’s, but it’s origins are up for debate. What is known is that the Brandy Alexander is a variation of the gin-based “Alexander”, updated with Cognac.

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Peking Duck Day

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Today is “Peking Duck Day”, and I wanted to pay homage to New York’s Peking Duck House, a staple in the wine community. This small Chinese restaurant on Mott Street (though I hear the Midtown location is nice too) has a BYOB policy 365 days a year with no corkage fee. Famed sommeliers, winemakers, and every New Yorker in the wine industry has had a wine dinner here, negating the assumption that Chinese food is difficult to pair with wine. Continue reading “Peking Duck Day”