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Tony Cenicola/The New York Times; Styling by Toby Cecchini

This is definitely my favorite summer drink of 2011. In fact, on such a stormy afternoon such as this, it might be just the thing to hit the spot!

This recipe and delicious photo comes straight from a fantastic article about the origins of this yummy drink that ran in the New York Times Magazine in August 2010.

Dark ’n’ Stormy

2 ounces dark rum
1/2 ounce fresh-squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup, or to taste
4-6 ounces fresh ginger beer.

Build the drink in a highball glass filled with ice, adjusting for sweetness and tartness. Depending on when you stop the fermentation of the ginger beer, it may be fully dry or still retain enough sweetness that additional simple syrup is unnecessary. Garnish with a wedge of lime. Serves 1.


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Oh that familiar old question… “What are YOU doing for New Year’s Eve?” I’m guilty of asking it myself. But in the past, I remember it feeling more like a mad dash of what I should be doing. My mind would race – is there something better to do? Cheaper options? But god forbid I considered just spending it home on my couch, alone.

I think I started feeling a bit self-conscious about being single on New Years, because unlike Valentine’s Day, it’s not explicitly a “couples” holiday. But we all know better.

It was a lot like this.


One of the worst New Year’s Eves I ever spent was a last-minute decision to tag along with a couple to a house party (and a house full of people I didn’t know save for that one couple). I quickly surmised after being at the party for about 2.6 seconds that this entire house was couples. I was the absolutely only person there without a date. Not being a person who usually bothers to feel sorry for herself for being single – I was amazed at how pitiful and sad I started to feel.

At the stroke of midnight, I had to do the very best I could not to cry, run away or just punch someone in the face when everyone started making out around me. It was like being in a gay club at last call. But not nearly as fun.

This stupid holiday, if you let it, can break you. And, I’ve totally been there.

But I have had some freaking incredible New Year’s Eves too. Last year was pretty amazing. I made an absolute huge feast with two of my besties at my place and had a champagne-fueled dance party. We were all asleep by about 1:30am. It was perfect.

I think the best approach is to really know what you should stay away from, and get real comfortable with idea of “no plans.” Honestly, I would rather hang on my couch with my dog and watch Andy Cohen’s wig drop alone, than end up at a sneak attack couples-only-makeoutfest again.

It could be because I am getting older, but I much prefer quiet dinners, or house parties, to the craziness of an open bar club scene. What I try to remember, is that it’s just another night.

The moral of this story? How ever you are choosing to spend your New Years, make sure you enjoy yourself!

Happy New Year from all of us broads at Broadly Speaking!


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Day before Thanksgiving…

So, posts this week are going to be pretty light – given the holiday and my general laziness.

But there are a few matters of business I wanted to post before disappearing into a stuffing-induced coma tomorrow.

First – I know I said that Fuck Yeah Hipster Kitty was your new favorite. Now it’s time for a NEW new favorite, and it comes to you in the form of a blog called Hyperbole and a Half. This chick is fucking hysterical and she has funny stories about her dogs. Could you ask for anything more? Oh yea, throw in some clever Microsoft Paint images. Yup – perfection.

Second – I couldn’t post my normal Tuesday is Boozeday post yesterday, so here it is: Apple Cider au Pear!

Recipe courtesy of Michael Snyder at About.com


  • 3/4 oz. brandy
  • 1/2 oz. pear brandy
  • 4 to 5 oz. apple cider
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • 1 apple
  • ice
Fill a shaker with ice. Add brandy, pear brandy and apple cider. Add two dashes ground cinnamon. Add one dash ground nutmeg. Shake. Pour with rocks into a rocks glass, or strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an apple slice.

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If you love sparkling wines as much as I do, you will also be anxious to make this next time friends are over (or on a Sunday morning just for kicks).

Crimson Cranberry Sparkler
• Cava sparkling wine (I am also thinking Prosecco would be perfect for this too)
• 1 shot of organic cranberry nectar
• ½ shot of ginger cognac

If you are really channeling the Martha Stewart inside you, garnished with some home-made candied ginger.

Recipe courtesy of Hudson Valley Magazine.

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I have recently become a big fan of this Spanish red wine – Tempranillo. This is a wine that can range from full-bodied and intense, to lighter-bodied and even fruity, depending on the age and region. Since it’s getting quite chilly out there, I like to make sure I have a bottle or two of red wine at the ready, and this is a super affordable option. You can get much more expensive version, but I like a wine that still tastes yummy under $10.

It is best paired with Spanish-style dishes, cheeses and tapas.

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In honor of Election Day today, we highlight some of the best American beers on the market. Coming from a foreign beer drinker, this list wasn’t easy to compile (and we tried to stay away from microbrews that weren’t widely available).


Now go vote and celebrate your citizenship with a cold one!

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Just in time for your upcoming Halloween festivities, make this week’s cocktail to impress your fellow party-goers.

Mix 1½ shots gin, 1 shot of sweet vermouth, 1 shot of orange juice and a spoonful of triple sec. Throw in a dash of orange bitters and shake it all up with ice. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with an orange twist (the whisker). Drop a drop a yummy lychee into the bottom of the glass if you also want Satan’s eyeball.

Recipe courtesy of TheNibble.com, where you can find all kinds of other Halloween and fall inspired cocktails for your boozy Tuesday.

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