The Politics of Drinking

At The Aerie, we’re both scientists that love to talk politics over happy hour and so it was with great interest this week that the Washington Post published an analysis of consumer data crossed with polling data by Jennifer Dube of National Media Research Planning and Placement. Her analysis shows that certain wines and liquors…

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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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Friday Happy Hour: World Cocktail Day

Since today is World Cocktail Day, we thought we really ought to go international during happy hour tonight… Left: Singapore Sling (recipe) (note: I like these “up” as opposed to on the rocks in a collins glass) Right: Cochabamba Taxi (recipe) Here’s to it!

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Friday Happy Hour: Start Your Bar

The other day, I was talking to a friend and she was remarking that she would like to start building up her home bar and make cocktails, but didn’t really know where to start. As an cocktail “enthusiast”, I was happy to help and then thought that there could be others out there in the…

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Friday Happy Hour: The Zanahorita

Ok, I have a confession.  I make a crappy margarita. What’s that you say?  You live in San Diego, 30 miles or so from the border – you of all people – with your love of cocktails and spicy Mexican food this should have been something in your arsenal a long time ago. I agree. …

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Friday Happy Hour: Agent Orange

When I was in my 20s, and you were at a wedding reception (and we're going to one this weekend…) and wanted to get a mixed drink, it was a screwdriver.  It was easy and tasty, but it hardly conveyed any sense of sophistication.  It's the default for a lot of folks that feel "on the…

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