A Cider for Stories

A Cider for Stories

Apple cider. Aside from pumpkin spiced lattes, what says fall more than a warm cup of spiced cider? I remember doing yard work years ago then heading inside for some cider. It was not a tradition by any means, but it was a little something that warmed me from the...
To the Point-settia

To the Point-settia

To the Point-settia From the first day I had the idea for this book I KNEW this had to be in it. The poinsettia. Every year in the Riley house, we serve these on Christmas Eve. It is a simple cocktail but when you mix everything perfectly, it shines and twinkles in...
Lump of Coal

Lump of Coal

Lump Of Coal For those of you who have been feeling naughty, this is the drink for you. The Lump of Coal. And yes, there is coal in it to filter out the toxins so your heart can grow three sizes this season. This gin old fashioned came to me from a wonderful bartender...
Do Non-Alcoholic Beers Pass the Flavor Test?

Do Non-Alcoholic Beers Pass the Flavor Test?

By Patrick Holbrook, The Columbus Dispatch An alert reader wrote me and raised a great point: When going for long-haul football watching, it makes perfect sense to intersperse nonalcoholic beers along with the “real thing” for general health as well as for safety,...
Fashioned with Maple

Fashioned with Maple

Fashioned with Maple: This had to be the first recipe of the book. One of my own creations that came to me in a wave of pure autumnal inspiration. This seasonal take on my personal favorite cocktail will get anyone in the mood for fall. This maple old fashioned uses...