41 Christmas Eves at the Barn!

It’s not a bad gig, I’m tellin’ ya!

I work with remarkable people. I feed on the energy they bring every day to the shop. They understand the celebratory nature of Liquor Barn and they understand the serious responsibilities of selling alcohol. Somehow those understandings rarely seem to clash.

They seem quite happy talking about their hometown products (bourbon and Kentucky wines), and clearly proud of the amazing array of products from around the world.

At the Barn, we don’t need much of an excuse to celebrate. Monday is a good excuse. Christmas Eve is another. However, my favorite excuse this season is that two of our associates became engaged to be married this weekend.

Merry Christmas indeed!

And now…off to the South Pacific!

Today in 1777, Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by Captain Cook. Can’t let that pass unnoticed on Christmas Eve.

Two birthdays caught my eye.

–          One of my favorite songwriters was born today in 1893. Harry Warren gave us “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo” and about a thousand more songs. Sing it! “There’s gonna be somebody waitin’ at the Station. Satin and lace…I used to call funny face.”

–          It’s also the birthday in 1880 of Johnny Gruelle, the creator of Raggedy Ann.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Today in 1871, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” had its world premiere in Cairo, Egypt, to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal. Let’s toast that premiere with an;

Aida’s Curse Cocktail

1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur

1 oz. Cointreau

½ oz. Lemon Juice

1 ½ oz. Pineapple Juice

½ oz. Banana Liqueur


Build all ingredients except banana liqueur.

Slowly pour banana liqueur down the side of the glass so it settles at the bottom.

Keep singing! “Why don’t you choo-choo me home?”




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