Halloween Week Happy Hour: The Zombie

Here at The Aerie this week, we had an even more lackluster showing of trick-or-treaters than usual — five kids. Five. That’s it. I don’t know what’s with kids these days not wanting to climb a 600 foot hill and walk to the end of our dark cul-de-sac. Sheesh. Regardless, this past week I was…

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Preakness Prep

If you’re a horse racing fan, you know that The Preakness Stakes is being run in Baltimore this Saturday. And while that’s a cause for a little celebration in its own right, Roomie is also coming into town — AND as Roomie lives in Maryland, we knew we really had to do race day right.…

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The Aerie Holiday Drink Menu, 2012

I was going to post this yesterday, but it wasn’t much of a day for celebrations. In an effort to try and bring a little good cheer back at such a sad time, I thought I’d post this year’s Holiday Drink Menu. Stop by for one. Or more.

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Astronomical Happy Hour: The Blue Moon Cocktail

You might have heard that tonight is a rare “blue moon” – that is, the second full moon in a calendar month. They’re not super-rare, but uncommon enough to have our next one not occur until all the way in May, 2016. And since today is Friday, what better way than to celebrate with the…

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Summer Harvest Happy Hour: The Four Aces

Just like with food, cocktails are better with fresh ingredients. So I’m always curious as to what’s coming in to season and what might make good ingredients for a tasty drink. For example, this spring, we had a great mint crop and so there were lots of mint juleps and newcomers like the Añejo Smash. Well,…

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Midweek Heat Buster: The Anejo Smash

It’s been a pretty hot and dry summer across most of the United States. And if you’re anything like me, a good cold drink can help you get past the heat around Happy Hour. Here’s one that I had in the recipe book, but hadn’t made for a while. I liked it so much, I’m…

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Here’s To Summer Happy Hour: The Lonsdale

Over the last couple of weeks, San Diego’s weather has made its decisive “no more rain for six months” move into our long summer. And much like the necessary wardrobe alterations, the change of seasons also calls for a switch to more “summery” drinks. For the long, warm afternoons I was looking for something new…

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Check, please

When I am traveling, I am not a checklist person. I always cringe when, for example, someone would discuss their recent getaway to The Big Apple with a litany of, “We did The Empire State Building, and we did The Statue of Liberty and we did the Guggenheim…” Did? Besides sounding kinda vulgar, describing your…

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No Fear Happy Hour: The Singani Sour

Do you have some food things that you’re convinced you wouldn’t like because they sound nasty? Probably. I think even the most open-minded eaters and drinkers have a couple of things that they just think sound gross. One of the things I have had a hard time getting by is the idea of egg whites…

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