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  1. Per Astor's social media posts: The sale, announced today, was made to an ESOP, in which shares of the business are allocated to the employees. Astor's owners, the Fisher family, explained: "the best succession plan is to entrust Astor to the people who have been so instrumental in building our enterprise.” clicky Here's hoping this isn't a bad thing.
  2. Really though? Not to say it's not a well-constructed drink, but strikes against are: vodka base (cocktail cognoscenti eyeroll, like it or not) reads like a tarted up Cape Codder Whereas Paper Plane, you've got an amaro in the ingredients, plus bourbon, so right away there's a clear demarcation from "fruit juice + unchallenging alcohol" I mean, you do understand. Rightly or wrongly. Right? In a (clearly imaginary) world where you'd never heard of either and you see the ingredient list on a menu, which do you think speaks to you?
  3. Well also, it's your name and I should leave it to you. Unless we want to contrive a new class of cocktails we call Fruit Bats.
  4. My own Fruit Bat concoction tonight: 2 oz rye (Old Overholt Bonded) 3/4 oz blanc vermouth (Comoz) 1/4 oz Suze 1/4 oz maraschino Stir with ice, strain. (Gilded with a couple dashes of the amazing King Floyd Scorched Pear and Ginger bitters) imma do this again for sure
  5. Last night, Filthy Rich 1 oz rye (Rittenhouse) 1 oz dry vermouth (Dolin) 1/2 oz Cynar (40proof, though I should try with the 70) 1/2 oz Benedictine In the neighborhood of a Vieux Carre, but lighter. Good stuff!
  6. 2 tbsp Pimento dram! That seems like it'd take over, even with all that Suze. But it sounds pretty amazing.
  7. Right? Saw a 375 a few weeks ago and couldn’t say no.
  8. For fun, a 2x2 matrix of Negronis tonight. Mostly in the interest of sussing out interplay of two distinct vermouths and two distinct apertivos. (Campari+Vya was most compelling to this palate, though the combo of Forthave Red+Lustau was definitely pretty cool.) Followed by some taste bud numbing pair-wise tastes of Campari vs Contratto Bitter, vs Bruto Americano, vs Forthave Red. For science!
  9. Everyone on this thread cares one way or another. If I remember right. It’s was Punch Drink that posted about it early last year and that was my first knowledge of it.
  10. I stumbled on it about a year ago. But good stuff, right?
  11. I'm about to dive into cocktail hour with a repeat of wacky, old skool Waldorf Astoria drink from earlier this week that just hits all the spots, The Chauncey. Triple-split base, equal parts Old Tom gin, cognac, rye, and sweet vermouth. (Orange bitters and expressed orange peel to finish.) It's magic how the cognac bridges the rye and Old Tom.
  12. To mark National Margarita Day yesterday (really? that needs to be a thing?) I had a margarita (La Gritona Reposado) laced with a barspoon of Salers. Would definitely repeat!
  13. Last night, a Delmonico. 1 oz cognac 1 oz gin 1/2 oz sweet vermouth 1/2 oz dry vermouth 2 dashes ango lemon twist
  14. What's funny is that looking at the specs with a modern lens, you'd see that and think "oh that'll be too sweet." But yeah, it's just so crazygood.
  15. Namesake cocktail. (Which is to say Bobby Burns and not the differently-formulated Robert Burns.)
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    Not attended but performing... Gig coming up this Sunday, 12/19, at Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at the Met Museum -- Dessoff is presenting Margaret Bonds "Ballad of the Brown King" (texts by Langston Hughes) alongside Mary Lou Williams "St. Martin de Porres", a wild choral jazz piece that's way out of our comfort zone but that's really amazing fun to sing. Plus some carols to amp up the seasonality and approachability (but man, the two featured works are sublime).
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    Guettel is a weird case. He seems to have lost the drive to full-on musicals. Floyd Collins was astounding, Light in the Piazza very good, and diminishing returns (some amazing songs in Myths and Hymns too)... Latest thing he's done, the incidental music for To Kill a Mockingbird, well, I guess it's something? I don't think Ricky Ian Gordon has been interested in writing for Broadway stages so much as opera.
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    Stephen Sondheim, titan of modern musical theater, at 91. I assumed he was immortal. I am gutted.
  19. 17.5 lb turkey from Goffle Farms dry brining in the fridge since last night (I NEED ANOTHER TURKEY! 15 people will go through that in a heartbeat) Brussels sprouts to roast Atlas carrots to butter-braise 2 loaves GF brioche baked on Sunday waiting to be diced for dressing (I miss stuffing a turkey, but the timing difference of roasting a stuffed bird -- no thanks) Stock prepped over the weekend -- ready for gravy and moistening dressing Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish coming from guests Jarrahdale pumpkin to roast and puree for pie (and Plugra on hand for the al
  20. Only reason I forced myself to adopt the MetLife rebranding is that my brother-in-law worked there, for MetLife, for a number of years.
  21. It's a bit soundscape-y, but it also has a meditative and, for me, compelling vibe. Not quite 3rd stream but leans hard in that direction. Definitely worth a listen.
  22. (Maybe it was a Trockenbeerenauslese and he thought it would be cool to truncate it to "Auslese". Because, you know, those are just silly made up words anyway and wouldn't possibly describe the wine, right?)
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