Drink of the Week: The Country Gentleman

The Country Gentleman.Although today’s drink comes to us from David Embury’s 1940s cocktail classic, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks,” it doesn’t really have any particular story to go with its classy provenance or courtly name. Embury just presents it as one of a series of drinks “based on an Applejack Sour.” It’s potentially a very sweet drink, at least on paper, since it includes both simple syrup (or sugar) and a very sweet orange liqueur. Still, the notoriously booze-severe Emory cautiously approves.

“With a base liquor as pungent as applejack,” Embury notes, “and with a liqueur as sharp as curacao… such addition may be possible within certain limits without rendering the cocktail too sickish sweet. With a bland liquor, such as gin or white label rum, and with a heavy fruit liqueur such as peach or apricot, this would be wholly impossible.”

On the whole, I don’t disagree. It’s a reasonably well balanced drink. Still, especially as I tend to be a bit of a baby about very tart flavors, I had a hard time finding a mix that was entirely satisfactory to me personally. Nevertheless, if you don’t mind strong citrus notes playing alongside the still under-utilized family of apple brandy boozes, this one might well be for you.

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Top 10 Kevin Spacey Movies


The Netflix mega hit “House of Cards” might be among the first titles that come to mind when one hears Kevin Spacey’s name, but the actor’s decision to star in a TV show was initially shocking to movie buffs who recognize the star for his contribution to Hollywood cinema. Before becoming the power-hungry Frank Underwood, Spacey was best known for his portrayal of several iconic characters in critically acclaimed dramas and thrillers. Below are ten favorites among Spacey fans who love the actor’s movie characters just as much as others love the political monster he currently portrays in the Netflix series.

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Upgrade to a more reliable vehicle

2015 Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack

There’s so much to think about when it comes to buying a new car. While factors such as budget, technology and features, as well as monthly outgoings and brand, will perhaps feature highly on your list of priorities, how highly do you rate reliability? Have you taken the time to consider how you’ll be getting from A to B, or the costs likely to be involved with maintaining your new car? Whether you favor a particular brand, or you’re simply looking for a car with power steering and little else, it is essential that you also take the time to investigate any potential vehicle’s reliability; it may one day save you a great deal of inconvenience.

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How to Improve Fitness Progress with Universal Athletic Testing


A lot of athletes hit a “plateau” in their training efforts where it becomes difficult to advance any further. Making progress in fitness is all about measuring speed, strength, agility and other attributes by keeping a record of your achievements and capabilities along the way. Unfortunately, many athletes and fitness enthusiasts are failing to reach their full potential because they’re not keeping tally of where they’re at. Becoming a better athlete is all about setting performance goals and then training to meet those goals. The idea is to gradually advance as you meet new goals that become slightly more challenging each week or month, depending on how fast and aggressive your workout plan is. With that said, here are some tips that will help you utilize athletic testing to your advantage:

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5 Things to Know in the Case of a Motor Accident


It’s an unfortunate reality that, at some point in your otherwise spotless driving career, you could have the misfortune to be in an accident. You might be the safest, most defensive driver on the block, but statistics indicate most drivers will have an incident during their driving life, so here are five things you should know in the case of an accident.

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