Mint Julep
Alcohol

Mint Julep

The Mint Julep is a cocktail associated with the Southern states of the US in general and with the Kentucky Derby in particular. Over the weekend of that horse racing event, about 120,000 Mint Juleps […]

Alcohol

Whiskey Sour

There is an American expression about making the best of a bad situation: when life gives you lemons make a whiskey sour, or something like that. We have a lemon tree in our garden that […]

Gin and Tonic
Alcohol

Gin and Tonic

Most of the classic cocktails were created in the US; one notable exception is the Gin and Tonic, a drink with its origins in the British Empire. Tonic water contains quinine, a substance that was […]

Alcohol

The Scofflaw Cocktail

At the start of the third decade of the twentieth century, the US enacted Prohibition. This made it illegal to manufacture, transport, or sell alcohol. There were some exceptions; wine could be made for Communion […]