How To Make Your Tobacco Store Female Friendly

Cigars are integral motifs in many rituals among men.  The stag party, children's births, a poker game, and sporting events are all associated with the boys enjoying a good stick.  The association with women and cigars is not quite so clear and is more shrouded in a cloud of smoke. Despite the rising popularity of … Continue reading How To Make Your Tobacco Store Female Friendly

A New Cigar Experience: The Blind Taste

A couple of years ago I was working as a tobacconist at a bar and lounge in downtown Huntsville.  Several of the bartenders on the staff smoked cigars with varying levels of experience.  One day, at the instigation of a couple of regulars, I participated in a blind tasting competition against one of the bartenders … Continue reading A New Cigar Experience: The Blind Taste

Beer Basics – The Ingredients

Now even though beer is not a spirit, according to a 2014 analysis by the World Health Organization, 50% of the alcohol consumed in the United States is beer. So why don't we take a look into the popular drink? There are 4 main ingredients to beer that have a major impact on the final … Continue reading Beer Basics – The Ingredients

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival

From Championship Toe Wrestling to celebrating mud, there's no shortage of bizarre festivals you can attend. So it shouldn't be a surprise that there's a festival dedicated to Kentucky bourbon. Now despite the obvious need for a few days of the year to celebrate Kentucky bourbon, I didn't even know of its existence until a … Continue reading The Kentucky Bourbon Festival

Ties That Bind Us – The Service Industry

When I was 21 I was a successful college student:  studying aerospace engineering, president of 3 extracurricular clubs, work history with NASA and the DoD.  Despite my successes, I needed to increase my income so I picked up my first waitressing job. I had worked in the industry before.  My first job had been working … Continue reading Ties That Bind Us – The Service Industry

Padron Damaso No.12 with The Monarch

The Monarch Cocktail While this cocktail has many variations, the original was created in 2003 by Douglas Ankrah (Creator of Lab and Townhouse bars in London). Nose:  lemon and mint Taste:  tangy, very herbal with bright lemon, crisp Finish:  tangy mint with lingering lemon Overall:  crisp and  refreshing The Monarch Cocktail - Recipe 2oz Gin … Continue reading Padron Damaso No.12 with The Monarch

The Phantom Cocktail and Perdomo’s 20th Anniversary Maduro

The Phantom Cocktail This week this Huntsville Ballet Company is performing The Phantom of the Ballet and in their honor the bartenders at SiP have created The Phantom Cocktail. Nose:  lemon and dark berries Taste:  sweet raspberry on the front with notes of herbs, lemon, and ginger Finish:  a mix of ginger and raspberries, sweet … Continue reading The Phantom Cocktail and Perdomo’s 20th Anniversary Maduro