Local Drinking in Philadelphia

Philadelphia was a great drinking city. Of course, any city is a great drinking city when I am there but I love it when a place makes it easy for me. Here are a few photos of some of the memorable drinks of the trip. The drinks I had there were all spot on and I loved the bar communities enthusiasm for...

Ginny Takes on Tumblr

It has been a very long time since I have written anything directly for our Charlie Tonic blog. Usual culprits like lack of time and putting my energy into other outlets was to blame but I admit I am also a little intimidated by WordPress. It is pretty basic as far as technology goes but it still requires a...

What I’ve Learned From Bourbon

The following article served as Ginny Tonic’s farewell to her time as a senior contributor for Bourbon & Banter. The article was originally posted here on March 3, 2017 and is syndicated on our site in the hope that you will visit them and become a regular reader. We love what they continue to...

Ginny Tonic Takes on Tequila

I got a very in depth education on tequila in the past week so I thought I would write up how it came to pass and give the listeners a better understanding of how I go about getting my spirits knowledge. It all started with a bottle that arrived in the mail. Tequila Corralejo had asked Bourbon & Banter...

The Mark Twain Cocktail

“I always take scotch whiskey at night as a preventative of toothache. I have never had the toothache; and what is more, I never intend to have it.” – Mark Twain On Episode 93 I decided to make Charlie a cocktail using some of the Johnnie Walker Black Label that he got for his birthday....

Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar

I originally wrote this post as part of the Bourbon Across America series on Bourbon and Banter. Hope you enjoy it. Bourbon and I are old friends. We first got to know each other back in my 20′s and we’ve been enjoying each other’s company ever since. Sure, at first I thought bourbon was a little out of my...

Beer and Sweat

  Back in Episode 87, Charlie and I talked about how much fun we had volunteering at Beer & Sweat. When I first saw the poster I thought it was another one of those beer runs that keep popping up all over but it is actually the homebrew competition that is put on by the Bloatarian Brewing League....

Queen City History Tours

As we were standing in front of the court house in downtown Cincinnati, learning about the worst riot in the city’s history and one of the worst in whole country, I noticed some curious onlookers watching us as they walked by. “What kind of crazy person pays good money to walk around the city...

Wild Turkey Bourbon Dinner at Arnold’s

Just heard about the Wild Turkey Bourbon Dinner at Arnold’s today and I am I really excited. This is an excellent chance to do a bourbon tasting with Master Distiller Jimmy Russell from Wild Turkey and on top of that Arnold’s food is always great so $35.oo per person is a steal. Tickets are...

Cincinnati Downtown Restaurant Week

I am so excited about this coming week. Not only do I have some amazing things planned with friends, like seeing Ford Theater Reunion at MOTR this Thursday and a Cincinnati Microbrewery Tour with Tonic Tours on Saturday, this coming week is Downtown Restaurant Week. That means that 29 restaurants located in...

Christmas in July Shot

  Recently I have somehow found myself with a surplus of peppermint schnapps. I mean, considering I only ever use it in hot chocolate there is no reason for me to have two bottles of the stuff. But despite the fact that the bottle is occupying valuable real estate in my liquor cabinet, I just...

Ginny’s Goldshush

On Episode 82 we mentioned a new cocktail I made this week. It was, if I say so myself, a big hit so I wanted to share the recipe. It was based on another cocktail called the Goldrush so Charlie named it Ginny’s Goldshush instead. Easy to make and very good. The Goldshush 1 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur 1...

Derby City Comic Con

So Charlie and I finally made it through everything to the big event. Derby City Comic Con was this past Saturday, June 29th 2013, and by all measures it was a success. Attendance was up, vendors and artists had great sales, we had an wonderful turnout of amazingly dressed cosplayers, panels were full, and...

Ford Theater Reunion’s New Album

  Here on the Charlie Tonic Hour, we’ve never been shy about our support and enthusiasm for the Lexington based band Ford Theater Reunion. I don’t know if it’s their unique sound, the passion they put into their music, or just because they are clearly cooler than us but still let us...

Afternoon Delight Cocktail

With Arrested Development and a discussion of Marijuana legalization coming up in Episode 76 this week, I just couldn’t resist finding a drink that would tie the two items together. What better than an “afternoon delight?” This was a drink where I thought of the name and knew there must be...
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