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December 12, 2010 / coalstovesinkguest


This was a great place to spend the night! The company was grand, and the arrangements couldn’t have worked out better.

I had a very productive meeting with the host, and the location made it easy to go out on a nice walk as a break.  It was a lovely sunny day, and with the temperature in the 20s, I was encouraged to keep walking, or at least to keep moving. We wandered past the woodpile, waiting to be lit up for the winter solstice next week. (Alas, I need to be back in CA so will miss what I have heard is a fabulous party.)

When I got back home, and told my daughters about my trip, they were unhappy that I hadn’t taken them with me. They really like animals, and wanted to meet the dogs, cats, chickens, goats, horses, pigs, cows, and whatever other animals I’m leaving out.

I certainly look forward to returning (if I am invited), and seeing the finished bar [ed: in the meantime the contents of said bar live on the floor in a disorganized but colorful array]. I also hope to convince the host to start stocking some Island scotches to go along with the rest of his enormous collection.

I learned a number of interesting things during my visit: what a liberal is (the drink), that macaroni and cheese can be a gourmet meal, and that a coal stove can really be turned into a working sink!


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  1. showertaker / Dec 13 2010 9:11 am

    The Liberal is not only one of my favorite drinks, it also aligns with my political philosophy. Here’s how to make one (the drink, not the philosophy):
    1 oz Bourbon (I use cask strength like Woodford Reserve, Bookers, or on special days Pappy 19)
    .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
    a generous splash of Amer Picon (I use Torani Amer pending a trip to France to get the real thing)
    a dash of orange bitters (Fee brothers preferred, but Angostura Orange is OK too)

    Combine ingredients in an iced shaker and shake lightly. Serve up with a real cherry.

    For this recipe and many others, see my favorite bar book Vintage Cocktails and Forgotten Cocktails.

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