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    Holiday Punch

    Garden & Gun magazine has outstanding cocktail recipes.  We are not great ones for punch, here at the White Collar Wire, but in a season of good will, we might try this Garden & Gun Holiday Punch: Tagging behind the cocktail revival, however, has been a punch revival, spearheaded by the cocktail historian David Wondrich (see his encyclopedic 2010 book, Punch, for the whole shebang) and popularized by bartenders like Slater, whose bar menu features a revolving cast of oldfangled and newfangled punches. “Punch bowls are the original cocktails,” Slater says. This is true: The bowl preceded the glass by more than a century. Peruse some old punch recipes—and by old, I…

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    The Mai Tai Question for Young White-Collar Lawyers

    Here’s the recipe for a Mai Tai. A Mai Tai is not really a Thanksgiving cocktail, but it reminds me of something I’ve always wanted to ask an interviewing law student. Long ago, when I was junior at Washington & Lee, a history course (the “History of Venice,” I believe) taught by Professor Jefferson Davis Futch III required “permission of the instructor” before one could enroll.  I went to the Department of History, knocked at Professor Futch’s door and was given leave to enter. I said that I was here for permission to take the course He considered me for a moment, said “Let’s see,” leaned back in his chair…

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    Weekend Cocktail Notes from White Collar Wire

    “’This is a good place,’ he said. ‘There’s a lot of liquor,’ I agreed.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises Gin is juniper, in our opinion.  Gin should not be “citrus-forward”: Is The Gin Category In Danger of Losing Its Way?  F. Scott Fitzgerald, On Booze From the advertising blurb: “First you take a drink,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once noted, “then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” Fitzgerald wrote alcohol into almost every one of his stories. On Booze gathers debutantes and dandies, rowdy jazz musicians, lost children and ragtime riff-raff into a newly compiled collection taken from The Crack-Up, and other works. On Booze…

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    Fall Cocktails

    Fall Cocktails: The Six Best Whiskey Drinks You’ve Never Heard of  is quite a list.  Personally, I wish to try a Suburban “If you could distill carved-oak paneling and club chairs, leather-bound volumes and three-cushion billiard tables, [the Suburban] is what you’d get,” claims Esquire. Named for the Brooklyn Suburban Handicap horse race, this 19th century tipple combines three longshots rarely seen in the winner’s circle — rye, rum, and port. Yet somehow, they just work. A nice dark rum mellows the harsher edges of rye, specifically the “heat,” port subtly plays the role of a sweet vermouth, and a dash or two of bitters rounds out the missing herbal…

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    Labor Day Weekend Notes From White-Collar Wire

    For your Labor Day weekend: First:  in our professional and business lives, let’s recall the significance of work.  “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” ~ Vince Lombardi Second: if you associate bourbon-and-Coke with the arrival of Fall and the college-football season, here’s a Bourbon And Coke Cocktail From Garden & Gun Magazine that sounds like a winner. Third: if you are entertaining guests you don’t care for, or lawyers who have failed you or clients who haven’t paid you, here’s a list of  Labor Day Cocktails From The Examiner.  Except for the “Beer Margarita,” most sound revolting. Fourth: our weekend will not be complete without this Grilled…

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    The Bellini and Hemingway

    From the New York Times, a Bellini Video Recipe.  The Bellini — the Times‘s drink for Wednesday — is not nearly as silly as it sounds.  The cocktail is best-known for being served at Harry’s Bar in Venice. At its tables, according to the website, Hemingway held forth: During the long, cold winter of 1949-50, Ernest Hemingway installed himself comfortably in the Concordia room. Hemingway practically dropped in on us that year, and divided his time between the Inn on Torcello, the Gritti, and Harry’s Bar, where he had a table of his own in a corner. He was the only client with whom once during an outing to Torcello I had…