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Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Cocktail Sour

A group of people having cocktails in Alcapulco, 1952. (Photo by Slim Aarons via Everyday I Show)

A jolly group listening to guitar serenades and drinking cocktails in Alcapulco, 1952. (Photo by Slim Aarons via Everyday I Show)

Sours are the taste of languid summer days: margaritas, daiquiris and pucker-y limed-up liquors. Lydia Reissmueller, who dreams up incredible cocktails and runs Tender Bar out of Portland, Oregon, gives us a few recipes to help you turn your favorite flavors into damn good sour cocktails.

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Aluminum Canoes

Aluminum canoe on the water. (Image courtesy Katie Barnes)

Paddling in an aluminum canoe in New Hampshire. (Image courtesy Katie Barnes)

An inexpensive alternative to hand-carved wooden canoes (which are very nice thank you, à la Mad River) was inevitable but it was the end of WWII that precipitated the rush. In terms of production it was a perfect storm of war-accelerated technology and idle airplane factories. In terms of demand, there was a new perception and importance placed on leisure after WWII, with young marrieds and their families enjoying their hard fought freedoms.

Fishing, and so canoeing and boating, was one of the activities that exploded in the 50s… look at any Kodachrome collection you can find and damn me if every third plaid-shirted man isn’t holding up a string of trout or stripers with his son in tow.

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Topiary

Passage, Levens Hall, by Beth Dow

A topiary dreamscape. “Passage, Leavens Hall.” (Archival pigmet print by Beth Dow)

On a walk through Versailles, its maniacal grandeur is impossible to ignore. In the film The Shining, it is an endless maze with horror at every turn. It is a dark art that literally comes alive for Edward Scissorhands. This shear madness is topiary.

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