‘Tis the Season: The Original Sazerac

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The earliest American cocktails, or most of them, cobblers, old-fashioneds, juleps, sazeracs — all dating to some time prior to the Civil War — combine a base spirit, often brandy or whiskey, a bit of sweetener in the form of simple syrup or a sugar cube, herbal bitters, and more or less garnish. 3 oz rye whiskey, a sugar cube soaked with angostura bitters, muddled with a bit of fruit, built with enough additional ice so that it no longer floats, and you have an classic old-fashioned. With a copious fruit garnish, you have a cobbler. Drop the fruit garnish,

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A Better Corned Beef for St. Patrick’s Day

About a dozen days ago I stood across the counter from owner Paul Kozey at Walt’s Food Market in Old Saybrook and asked for a whole flat-cut brisket — the relatively lean portion with the familiar boxy shape separated from the odd-shaped point. Walt’s is a mid-century throwback, a familiar sort of small grocery on the Main Street with the meat counter in the back and groceries up front. A steady traffic of locals buys sandwiches, maybe the best in the area, roasts and prepared food. Kozey stepped into the back and brought out a few choices — none of

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Effective Response, Cross-border Lag, in Case of Coronavirus in Stonington Daycare – Niantic Children’s Museum Closes After Positive Test

With the first confirmed case of the Coronavirus in southeastern Connecticut linked to a Rhode Island child in a daycare facility in Stonington, Stephen Mansfield, executive director of Ledge Light Health District, said that while initial communication across state borders overnight had caused a short lag in awareness, proactive steps by the family and daycare provider nevertheless followed best practices recommended by the State Department of Health in Connecticut. Families and individuals possibly exposed to the virus in Stonington have been asked to “self-quarantine” for 14 days. Rather than focusing on a particular case, Mansfield cautioned that the public “should

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32 Takes on the New Year with CT Examiner

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We asked 32 writers, politicians, educators, artists, journalists, acadmics to contemplate the New Year for us.

Participants include Ned Lamont, Joe Courtney, Paul Formica, Devin Carney, Justin Elicker, Alma Nartatez, Richard Stout, Tony Sheridan, Luanne Rice, Will Haskell, Sophie Spaner, David Kelsey, Jack Monmeat, Jerry Weiss, Gail MacDonald, Betsy Gara, Rolf Wolfswinkel, Brian White, Brittany Stalsburg and others...

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Stunning Sweep By Republicans in Old Lyme; Nickerson, Chesebrough, Blanchard Win (Updated)

ELECTION RESULTS – OLD LYME  First Selectman  Bonnie Reemsnyder (D)                1403Timothy Griswold (R)                     1774 —————- Selectman Mary Jo Nosal (D)                            1495Christopher Kerr (R)                       1676 —————- Town Treasurer Michael Reiter (D)                           1430Timothy Griswold (R)                     1691 —————- Tax Collector Sarah E. Michaelson (D)                1262Judith Tooker (R)                             1905 —————- Board of Finance David Rubino (D)                             1361Anna Reiter (D)                                1367 Janet Sturges (R)                             1768J. David Kelsey (R)                           1695 —————- Board of Assessment Appeals David Evers Jr. (R)                           2235 —————- Planning Commission Alexander Klose (D)                       1347Steven Ross (R)                                1712 —————- Planning Commission Jim Lampos (D)                                1409Harold Thompson (R)                     1662 —————- Zoning Commission Harvey Gemme  (D)                        1267Tammy Tinnerello

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Wednesday Night Debate in Old Lyme for Board of Selectmen

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The Lyme-Old Lyme Chamber of Commerce is hosting a debate at the Middle School Auditorium in Old Lyme on Wednesday, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. Incumbent First Selectman Bonnie Reemsnyder and her challenger Tim Griswold have been invited to give prepared remarks and answer questions from debate moderator Elizabeth Hamilton. Hamilton is an Old Lyme resident and editor of CT Mirror. Invited as well are incumbent Selectman candidates Mary Jo Nosal and Chris Kerr. Question for the debate were selected by Richard Shriver, Olwen Logan and Elizabeth Hamilton. TimeWednesday, October 23, 20197:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. LocationMiddle School Auditorium53 Lyme

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Reporter Christopher McDermott Joins the Staff at CT Examiner

We are very excited to announce the hire of Christopher McDermott as staff reporter at CT Examiner. Chris joins senior reporter Cate Hewitt and staff reporter Julia Werth. His hiring marks a deepening commitment by CT Examiner to covering the towns of Essex, Deep River, Old Saybrook, and East Lyme, and an added emphasis on capturing more voices from the business community. Chris comes to the Examiner after writing for Manchester’s Journal Inquirer and for the weekly Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He also worked as news editor for the Daily Campus while completing a degree in English at

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Suggestions on a Sunday Drive… Litchfield and Bantam, Connecticut

I’m not exactly blazing new territory announcing that the bread baked by Niles Golovin at Bantam Bread in the town of Bantam, just southwest of Litchfield, Connecticut is seriously good… certainly as good as any bread I’ve had since I last stopped in to Meyers Bageri for the grandtoftegaar — a Nordic-revival country sourdough — taking Metro North from Grand Central. Was it worth the drive from Old Lyme? For the pain de Campagne? Maybe. But then there is also the seeded semolina batard — a truly splendid loaf of sourdough, redolent of toasted sesame and sour ferment — and

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A First Stab at the Best Beef in Connecticut

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The first bite, cooked to just medium rare, was straight-forward beefy, coarse-textured, with a notable (not unpleasing) chew. Second and third bites carved from the marbled “cap” portion of the steak were unctuous and brought just a hint of blue cheese funk that can dominate much longer-aged beef. The 21-day dry-aged rib steak was from Grass & Bone, a hip craft butcher and dining spot just on the edge of the tourist bubble in Mystic (and some of the best coffee, at MBar), the brainchild of Dan Meiser and James Wayman, who in recent years have opened some of the

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Leadership Changes for Hope Partnership, Tony Lyons Steps Away

In an email today to board members, advisers and supporters, Hope Partnership, a regional nonprofit developer of affordable housing based in Old Saybrook, announced that the organization’s president, Tony Lyons, as well as Cal Price and Jim Crawford, would be stepping down from their leadership roles at Hope Partnership. Hope Partnership announced that Dave Carswell would become President, Pam Days-Luketich, Vice President, and Bill Attridge, Treasurer. Larry Freundlich will continue to serve as Secretary. Carswell is Branch Manager & Mortgage Loan Originator at Guilford Savings Bank. The email also confirms intentions to abandon efforts to build a 37-unit housing development adjacent

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