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Man Drinks $100k of Employer's Whiskey

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Suspect claimed old whiskey just evaporated

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A Pennsylvania man employed as a live-in caretaker at a Philadelphia mansion sipped away more than $100,000 of his employer's whiskey, and he's now facing criminal charges over the pilfered hooch.

Patricia Hill found nine cases of Old Farm Pure Rye whiskey hidden in the walls and stairwell while renovating the turn of the century mansion she'd purchased with the intent of turning it into a bed and breakfast. According to The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the whiskey was distilled in 1912 and bottled in 1917, and each case held 12 bottles. The mansion's original owner was a big rye fan and is presumed to have ordered the cases before Prohibition, then walled them up for safekeeping.

Caretaker John Saunders helped her move the whiskey, but when he later moved out of the mansion, Hill discovered that several of the cases were full of empty bottles. When questioned by police, Saunders said the whiskey had probably just evaporated. He also suggested that the rye was so old it wouldn't have been any good anyway.

But then his DNA was found around the mouths of several of the empty bottles, and the whiskey was evidently still good enough for someone to drink 52 bottles of it.

Saunders was eventually charged with theft and receiving stolen property, and a New York auction house said the undrunk bottles would have been worth $102,400.

"This whole experience has shocked me,” Hill said. “I was shocked when I found them, shocked to find Mr. Saunders drank them, and shocked when I received the appraisal. I had just planned to preserve them.”


Bloody Mary With Gin

And yes we know that a traditional Bloody Mary packs its punch with Vodka. And while we’re all for tradition, the ultimate goal of Stu’s is to help you to create the perfect Bloody Mary. Period.

So that means that we experiment with all ingredients in order to offer you opportunities to make your cocktail exactly to your own liking.

Some people don’t actually like the combination of vodka and tomato juice.

Some folks even claim that vodka adds only two things to a drink: volume and alcohol. In other words, because vodka is flavorless, it doesn’t add any flavor to your cocktail. But the same time because vodka adds volume, it’s diluting the flavor of all of the other bloody mary ingredients.

If only there was a spirit that does has flavors that can actually complement the spiciness of the other ingredients.


Best: Nuun Energy

Nuun Energy, which comes in a fun tablet form that's easy to drop into water, "might be as natural as you can get without making your own electrolyte replacement drink," Hauser told us. She went on to explain that the calories and carbs in this drink come from tapioca syrup sugar and dextrose, which is a form of sugar made from corn, that's identical to glucose—the type of sugar in our bloodstream. "However," she added, "there's only two grams of [dextrose] per tablet, so it's almost a negligible amount." Hauser highlights Nuun Energy's other ingredients, like vitamins, organic beet powder, stevia leaf extact, and organic ginseng extract for caffeine. "I would recommend this tablet for someone who is looking for [an energy drink with] minimal, natural ingredients," Hauser said, adding that with a listed 80 milligrams of caffeine, it is comparable to a small cup of coffee.

Graham added that in looking at the caffeine for Nuun Energy, this energy drink choice seems like one of the safest—not only because of the amount, but because of the source, too. "Nuun Energy lists [its caffeine] from tea extract," Graham said, encouraged that the tea extract appears to be only caffeine source.


Easy to make Chia seeds recipes for weight loss

Staying in shape is a universal desire and we try anything and everything to get that perfectly sculpted physique and this is the reason why the fitness industry has turned out to be a billion dollar business. But have you ever thought of losing weight without putting in any efforts! Well, this might sound surprising, but eating the right combination of foods can actually help you lose weight effortlessly.

Well, one such superfood that has gained a lot of popularity among the fitness enthusiasts is Chia seeds. These little seeds work miraculously in giving your body the much needed nutrition and helps in managing weight in a healthy way. However, how you add these to your daily diet is equally important and for that you need to choose the right amalgamation of foods. We have curated a few interesting as well as easy recipes to make your weight loss journey more delightful!

02 /8 ​Why Chia seeds?

Chia seeds have turned out to be a fad among weight watchers for its umpteen health benefits. Packed with the goodness of Omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, fibers, vitamins and minerals, which help in boosting immunity, and its regular consumption helps in improving the digestive system by keeping you satiated for a longer duration of time and curbs your appetite. The presence of soluble fibers makes it easy to digest and strengthens your metabolism. Lastly, adding chia seeds to your meals is so easy that you can relish these low-calorie seeds anytime and anywhere.

03 /8 ​Chia pudding

One of the most popular and easy recipes that will make you ditch sugar loaded desserts is a chia pudding. The best thing about this recipe is that you can add ingredients as per your palate preference. To make it in a simple way just follow us through this quick and easy recipe.

Take a glass jar, add 4 tablespoon chia seeds and add in 1 cup lowfat milk, add some dates jaggery or honey, along with a teaspoon vanilla extract, mix the blend and refrigerate the mixture. Next morning chop some berries, cherries and fresh fruits and add them to the chia pudding, drizzle some honey and you are good to go.

04 /8 ​Chia and mixed fruit smoothie

Chia smoothie is yet another popular delight among weight watchers, which can be made in so many interesting ways, but adding fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to amp up the health quotient of your drink.

To make this quick and easy drink, you need 1 cup low fat milk, 3 tablespoon chia seeds, 1 cup mixed fruits chopped, 2 tablespoon greek yoghurt. Add all these ingredients into the blender and blend them into a smooth blend. Make sure you soak the seeds in the milk and then use the concoction to make the smoothie, if the seeds absorb all the milk, add more milk as per your need. Garnish with some mint leaves and relish.

05 /8 ​Chia Frozen yoghurt

If you are someone with a sweet tooth, then this will be your go-to healthy dessert. To make this quick and easy recipe, you just need a few simple ingredients in place to nail this easy delight. To make this dish, take 1 cup vanilla yogurt, 2 tablespoon soaked chia seeds, ½ cup chopped apples, cherries and berries, ½ orange.

Just take a serving glass, spread the soaked chia seeds, add in a layer of fruits and refrigerate the dish. Take another bowl, add in the rest of the fruits and add the yoghurt, drizzle some honey and mix it all together. Next take out the chilled chia and fruit layer, add in the mixed fruits and garnish with mint leaves and serve it chilled!

06 /8 ​Sweet potato chia seeds

To make this baked sweet potato dish, cut the sweet potatoes and sprinkle some salt, pepper and mix them nicely. Then take a baking dish, spread these potatoes, add some freshly chopped coriander and sprinkle some chia seeds.

Bake for 5-10 minutes at 180 degree celsius and enjoy your favourite beverage. In fact, if you want to amp up the taste quotient of your dish you can add some grated cottage cheese or cheddar cheese. Both sweet potatoes and chia seeds are rich fibers that help in making this dish a satiating meal.

07 /8 ​Apple, peanut butter and chia snack

If you are looking for a perfect mid meal or something for post workout munching, then there&rsquos nothing more nutritious than apples, but have you ever tried them with a twist of creamy peanut butter and chia seeds.

Extract the apple seeds and cut the apples into thin slices, spread some peanuts butter over these sliced apples and sprinkle some soaked chia seeds. This effort less snack will give your body an instant boost of energy. If you want to make it more delicious, you can drizzle some honey.

08 /8 ​Chicken Chia salad

Weight loss and salads are so synonymous that you can&rsquot think about a weight loss journey without this dish. Well, there are thousands of ways of creating your own chia salad, but here&rsquos a basic salad recipe that you can make in just a few minutes with some easily available ingredients.

To make this chicken salad take half cup boiled chicken chunks, ½ cup quinoa, 3 tablespoon soaked chia seeds, 1 ½ cup mixed veggies ( bell pepper, broccoli, beans), ½ cup corns, 1whole lime juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt and pepper. To begin this recipe, wash the chicken and quinoa.

Then take a pan add in the chicken, quinoa and water with a dash of salt. Once the mixture attains a normal room temperature, transfer all this to a large salad bowl. Then add in the fresh veggies, corn, soaked chia seeds, lime juice with salt, pepper and olive oil. Mix all these properly, add in a handful of coriander leaves and indulge in the goodness.


Man Drinks $100k of Employer's Whiskey - Recipes

Liquor.com in conjunction with The Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation will be searching for bartenders who are passionate about whiskey, and what it means to create a truly meaningful cocktail experience. Bartenders will be asked to share their best Gentleman Jack Whiskey Sour for a chance to win a cash grand prize of $10,000.

Challenge:
  1. A whiskey sour that showcases your skill as a bartender. This cocktail should highlight the attributes of Gentleman Jack and be a cocktail that you would proudly serve to guests in your own bar.
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  3. Submit your recipes at gentlemanjack.liquor.com through August 9, 2020.
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7 (Seven) contestants from each of the seven participating regions will advance to the regional video competitions.

Regional Event Dates are between: October 5 – 16. Exact date and time will be communicated to potential regional competitors. Winners must be able to attend and participate.

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Liquor.com and The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation will award one final competition winner a cash grand prize of $10,000.

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By entering this program, you are giving Liquor.com, The Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation, Gentleman Jack, and its affiliates explicit rights to use your photo, an image of your drink, drink recipe name, and your drink recipe for publicity purposes, including but not limited to: press, social media, digital activation and promotional activation.

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For the purposes of determining the regional finalists, entries will be assigned to the closest applicable market, as determined by the Sponsor/Administrators. All complete entries submitted to gentlemanjack.liquor.com within the entry time frame will be judged against the below criteria based on the perceived qualities of the written recipes and essay entry. Entrants will be notified via email by Liquor.com if they have been selected as a top 7 regional finalist. All competitors proceeding to the regional competition event will be notified by August 21, 2020. The competitors proceeding to the finale will be notified at their video regional competition, taking place on a day between August 21 &mdash September 16, 2020.

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The regional finalists will participate in one (1) video regional competition as assigned by Sponsor/Administrators. There will be one Regional Competition in each region (see above). There will be one (1) Finalist selected from each Regional Competition.

Regional finalists will be asked to create their whiskey sour before a panel of judges over a video presentation. Details of the regional competition requirements, rules, a video how-to guide and how to access necessary materials will be communicated a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the competition.

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The seven (7) FINALISTS will receive a trip to Nashville/Lynchburg, TN to compete in the FINAL event. The bartenders who win the video regional competitions will participate in the finals week. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected during the Final Event.

Details of the final competition requirements and rules will be communicated a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the competition.

Judging Criteria (Online Entries):

Initial scores will be based on the judges’ interpretation of the written description submitted. In some cases, judges may recreate the cocktails to settle closely ranked submissions.

Competitors will submit one original whiskey sour recipe, including description and a photo of the cocktail. Entries will be judged and scored based on the following criteria:

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Scores based on criteria below.

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4. Old Fashioned

The old fashioned is one of the oldest cocktails in the US. It’s another “posh” cocktail loved in luxury venues. Like the martini, this cocktail has a very long history. According to several sources, it was originally prepared in 1806, and was very common in the 1860s! It’s made by muddling sugar with bitters, mixing it with whiskey or brandy and adding a bit of citrus rind.


How To Throw A 1950s Style Cocktail Party

Here at 1950s Glam, we love a good party and we pretty much think that there’s almost never a bad time to throw one. And there’s nothing more fun than adding a little extra pizzazz to your party with a theme. So with that in mind, we thought it was about time that we turn our attention to a little retro themed entertaining.

SETTING THE SCENE

There was a proper etiquette to throwing a party in those days, which is part of what makes 50s style entertaining so appealing in our era of last minute casual gatherings. Perhaps it is all an illusion and there was still someone throwing up in the garden on the way out, but for now, we’ll keep the illusion alive for just that little bit longer.

So on to the essential elements of a proper 1950s cocktail party.

It all began, first and foremost, with an invitation. Invitations would be sent by mail to the guests who were then expected to RSVP the same way. None of our modern day call or text invites, a proper cocktail party in those days had to be planned well in advance and one of the first tasks was sending out the invites to guests by mail early to allow them enough time to RSVP. Most importantly, sending the invitations out early also allowed you as the host plenty of time to invite more guests if needed and to make any adjustment to the menu or drinks.

Oh, the glamour! Photo courtesy of QueensofVintage.com

The first step then of hosting a 1950s style cocktail party is to write and mail out invites to all your guests. Don’t forget to include an ‘RSVP by’ date too.

But let’s be a bit reasonable here too, times and technology have moved on a bit since the 1950s!

Remembering that the majority of women during the 1950s were full time housewives and so had a lot more time to plan that cocktail party than us, modern day gals, we can improvise a little here (many occupations and employers still sacked women on marriage or pregnancy as a matter of policy and less than half of all women of working age were employed in the workforce in 1955). A vintage style ecard sent to your guests by email will do just as nicely and will no doubt delight and surprise as well.

Just the thing to set the scene and get everyone in the mood of the theme.

Now actual examples of invitations from the period are hard to find. But as an aside, our search for some examples led us to a fascinating social phenomenon of the post war, depression era. In the African American community in Harlem which suffered from excessive rents charged by unscrupulous landlords, people would throw ‘rent’ parties where they would charge an entry fee to help raise money for their rent. Cards like the examples in this picture would be distributed to all of those invited to attend.

Langston Hughes Collection, photo courtesy of TheHarlemTimes.com

You could certainly use these as a model for your own invitations or better still, why not spice up your retro theme even more by making your party a ‘rent’ one!

Alternatively, there are also plenty of vintage style invitations available online to choose from. Here is a nice one that we came across:

Photo Courtesy of Zazzle.com

THAT PERENNIAL QUESTION!

What to wear? The dress code of a cocktail party in the 1950s of course demanded effort and at least some attempt at elegance by the ladies but also by the men. Women would generally wear evening dresses and the men would wear a suit and tie (occasionally, depending on the type of gathering, this could also be modified to a dinner jacket and tie with dress pants). A party was a chance to dress up for the occasion even more than usual, which is something of a feat when one considers how gorgeously groomed women of the 1950s looked on an average day!

Apparently Christian Dior himself coined the term ‘cocktail dress’, a dress that was somewhere between everyday wear and ballgowns.

Photo credit: distractify.com

As Antiques & The Arts wrote of the new cocktail dress trend: ‘’Celebrating the end of wartime austerity, these dresses emphasized romantic, feminine hourglass silhouettes, full skirts of luxurious, expensive fabric, layers of petticoats and a lengthened hemline. Sloping shoulders, cinched waists, padded hips and a long, rounded back added to its appropriateness for cocktail party viewing from multiple angles”.

Now a vintage evening Dior creation might well be the financial equivalent of scaling Everest for most of us but thankfully, with our modern day revival of vintage styling, there are now plenty of stores to choose from, including ours, catering to all tastes and budgets that sell vintage inspired or authentic vintage dresses. What’s more, many of the dress styles of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s were so classic in styling that you also don’t need to worry about your new dress hanging in your wardrobe unused after the party is over. In our modern day era of the casual, a classically styled dress comes in handy for many an occasion that calls for a more dressed up look.

Ask your guests to dress up for the occasion, or, if you feel like that would be too much of an imposition, at least ask them not to wear casual clothes such as jeans, t-shirts or sneakers.

Legendary London barman Joe Gilmore pouring drinks at the American bar in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of Telegraph.co.uk

The 1950s was the era of “mother’s little helper”, gin and a time when cocktails were really in vogue.

While beer and ale were still served, some of the popular mixed drinks of the time included the Tom Collins, martinis, daiquiris, mint juleps, highballs, side cars, whisky sours, champagne cocktails and most important of all, the punch.

The punch was the staple of the 50s cocktail party and there are countless variations which were popular. Many were based on tea as the base ingredient while others were fruit juice based. There are some truly elaborate recipes which survive from the day but here is one easy one which was shared by Amy from Parker Haus Roles. It’s a recipe from her grandmother who used to host many parties in the 50s and 60s. Easy and delicious, this one has stood the test of time.

Easy Gin Punch

1 package frozen strawberries

6 oz frozen lemonade concentrate

6 oz frozen orange juice concentrate

Mix in a large punch bowl. Float frozen strawberries on top when ready to serve.

A 1950s cocktail set complete with matching accessories. Photo copyright: RetroPlanet.com

Our thanks for sharing this recipe with us Amy, a real treat!

Now, on to the final important detail. Much like with everything else at the time, there was a proper way to serve drinks at a cocktail party in the 50s.

Drinks were generally served to order and mixed away from the guests. Usually the host, a friend or someone hired would take the guest’s order and would make their drink in another room. Guests might only start to serve themselves once the night was well under way and social propriety had been loosed up by alcohol.

My, that’s some list! Popular cocktails of the 1950s. Photo courtesy of boreburn.com

The important thing about serving the drinks in those days was making sure that you served them in the appropriate glass. Each type of drink had to be served in its own kind of glass. There were cone shaped glasses for serving martinis or manhattans or tall, high ball glasses used for drinks with a higher proportion of non-alcoholic mixer such as the Tom Collins or the mint julep or low ball glasses, which were shorter glasses with a solid bottom, good for muddling ingredients and used for drinks like the gimlet or the old fashioned. And don’t forget the punch, which was served in its own bowl with matching glasses.

1950s PARTY FOOD

Platters such as these would be offered to the guests. Photo copyright: Women’s Weekly

The first half of the 50s still had rationing. So party food in the early 50s was a case of making do and stretching as best as the hostess could. However rationing was in part a reason for the rise in popularity of the cocktail party itself, as it required less extensive menus than a dinner party. As Kathryn Ferry writes in the book The 1950s Kitchen ‘’Attractively presented savoury snacks disguised the privations of the late 1940s and early 1950s, which would have been obvious at a full dinner party, while the cocktails themselves added a touch of much needed glamour.’’

Once rationing lifted and the beginning of processed food and time-saving kitchen gadgets came along, party food started to become more elaborate. Novelty was key.

Some of the popular party foods of the time included:

  • Prawns in aspic
  • Devilled eggs and devilled ham
  • Sandwiches with salami, processed sliced cheese and peanut butter
  • Pineapple hollowed out and filled with mayonnaise and mustard
  • Broiled grapefruit
  • Bacon wrap arounds
  • Sardine and bacon rolls
  • Silver dollar hamburgers
  • Lobster Newburg and guacamole spreads

And for dessert, such delights as jelly and marshmellow bars.

This is just a small selection of some of the party foods that were popular at the time. If you’d like to find out more, the wonderful website foodtimeline.org is an excellent resource of all kinds of food and drinks which were popular during the 1950s, including details on how to serve them.

A FINAL WORD

So that’s a 1950s cocktail party in a nutshell.

But wait up, we hear you ask, haven’t we forgotten something?

The music of course! A theme party just wouldn’t be complete without it! A typical cocktail party of the time might play some Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Miles Davis or other jazz greats on the hi-fi but of course the 50s are known for much more than just jazz when it came to music. So depending on the theme or mood of your party, choose from classic 1950s rock n roll, rockabilly, jazz or lounge music and program your playlist.

Now you’re all set. Have a great time and be sure to let us know how it went!

Time to enjoy!
Photo courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com


Just like the chefs in the kitchen, bartenders are expected to have a creative flair. For seasonal holidays, you'll probably be asked to make something special.

Example Answer

For Christmas, I would make something festive and delicious. Eggnog cocktails are popular and mulled wine is always a popular option. Especially on cold days, customers appreciate a warm festive drink and a mince pie.


Canadian Forces Drink This High-Octane Eggnog to Celebrate the New Year, and We Have a Recipe

Egg yolks, heavy cream, sugar and bourbon are all things one might expect to see in a traditional holiday nog recipe. But our allies to the north have a much longer winter than we do, so their eggnog recipe is justifiably a lot heartier.

Known as "Moose Milk," it packs the punch of a 3-meter, 680-kilo beast -- and is a New Year's tradition.

Exactly what goes in real Moose Milk seems to depend on which branch of the Canadian military is making it. The Army, Navy and Air Force each add various ingredients, such as Kahlua, Canadian whisky, light rum, dark rum, vodka, brandy, milk, ice cream, vanilla or maple syrup.

Although the exact history and evolution of this potent potable isn't really known, the most popular one dates back to a World War II-era New Year's party at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Borden in Ontario.

Cocktail history, as rum historian Wayne Curtis says, is one of the most difficult histories to pin down, and not just because mixologists are also enjoying their creations. The history of this beverage stems from the "levée," an annual ritual in Canada that marks the new year, according to Nova Scotia's Cape Breton News blog.

A levée is a Canadian New Year's ritual that dates back to when Canada and the United States were just colonies of the English crown. The governor general would hold a "New Year's Levée" on behalf of the king, inviting (and pretty much compelling) all community leaders throughout Upper and Lower Canada to attend. The parties would exchange information and input relevant to governance, and then have a party.

These days, levées are held by Canadian government and military institutions in Canada, as well as Canadian embassies, military posts and ships around the world. How Moose Milk came to be part of the celebration for the Canadian Armed Forces comes from the aforementioned World War II New Year's party story.

The New Year's party story goes that a Flight Sergeant Jack "Pony" Moore was tasked with creating a cocktail that would be strong enough for the men of CFB Borden, but delicious enough for the women who would be attending the soiree, as the boys didn't get a chance to have many visitors of the female persuasion.

Moore is said to have called the punch he made "Moose Milk."

Where it tends to get unclear (and if you've ever had Moose Milk, you might understand why), is exactly what goes into a Moose Milk punch.

Canadian Forces veterans in general have reasonable claims to the exact recipe, but the different branches all lay claim to different recipes that they call "Army Moose Milk," "Navy Moose Milk," and "RCAF Moose Milk."

So here are three versions of Moose Milk, helpfully translated into American for any Yankees who might be interested in recreating it at home.

Navy Moose Milk

  • 1 Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1 Pot Cold Coffee
  • 1/2 Gallon Milk
  • 1 Pint Vodka
  • 1 Pint of Dark Rum
  • 1 Pint Kahlua
  • Dark Chocolate

Army Moose Milk

  • 40 Ounces Lamb's Dark Rum
  • 20 Ounces Kahlua
  • 20 Ounces Vodka
  • 20 Ounces Disaronno
  • 1 Gallon Eggnog
  • 1 Gallon Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Dash of Maple Syrup
  • Dash of Vanilla Extract

Army and Navy Moose Milk traditions appear to use whatever sweets and booze happen to be handy, blended in the biggest container found on base or aboard ship.

The best recipe we could find for the Royal Canadian Air Force's Moose Milk takes a lot more effort. Maybe, like the U.S. Air Force, the RCAF just has more time, food and equipment on hand than the other branches.

RCAF Moose Milk:

  • 12 Egg Yolks
  • 40 Ounces Canadian Whisky
  • 40 Ounces Rum
  • 5 Ounces Kahlua
  • 10 Ounces Maple Syrup
  • 40 Ounces Milk (Homogenized)
  • 40 Ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Nutmeg and/or Cinnamon to Garnish

Instructions:

  • Beat yolks until fluffy and well mixed
  • Add sugar and beat mixture until thick
  • Stir in milk, syrup and liquor
  • Chill at least 3 hours. Best if you can let it sit overnight
  • Whip cream until thick
  • Fold in whipped cream
  • Chill for another hour
  • Sprinkle the top with nutmeg and cinnamon, if you’re fancy.

Now, when your Canadian friend loudly announces that "the moose is loose" on New Year's Eve, you know things are about to get wild.


The Lateral Lemon Drop

When life gives you lemon juice, make a lemon drop cocktail! This drink scores a touchdown with its sweet and sour keynotes. If you want to serve a sweeter option, consider adding 1 ounce simple sugar in the shaker with all of the other ingredients.

Ingredients:
Serves 1

1 1/4 oz. vodka
1/4 oz. orange liqueur
1/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar, for rimming glass
Lemon slice, for garnish

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice add all ingredients (except sugar and garnish).
  2. Shake well strain into a sugar-rimmed glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon slice.

We hope you enjoy the Big Game this year! If you’re looking for some food inspiration, check out our post about hosting your game day party! If you make these cocktails for your guests, share your pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


To many spirit drinkers, Jack Daniels is a legendary Tennessee whiskey named after the man who founded the best-selling drink.

When Daniels was a kid, he worked for a distiller named Dan Call and, for years, many believed that Daniels learned the art of making whiskey directly from Call. However, over 150 years after the famous whiskey brand was founded, it was revealed that Daniels did not learn distilling from his employer — he learned how to make the prized spirit from Nathan "Nearest" Green, a Black man who was enslaved by Call.

According to Fawn Weaver, an author and entrepreneur, Green was the country's first African American master distiller. When the story was first made public, however, many wondered why Green was left out of the history books. The answer remains unclear.

"When (Jack and his descendants) owned the distillery, everyone knew who Nearest Green was," Weaver told Al Roker during an interview for the 3rd hour of TODAY. "After the last of his descendants to run the distillery, Reagor Motlow . died in '78, the story disappeared immediately after. I could not tell you how or why. The only thing I know is it didn't happen under Jack Daniel's watch."



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