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2009-02-21 11:59:54

Thailand has joined the ranks of New York, Singapore and Havana with its own signature cocktail, the Siam Sunray, tourism officials say. While the classic New York Manhattan starts with bourbon, the Singapore Sling with gin and cherry brandy, and the Mojito with white rum, the Tourism Authority of Thailand says the Siam Sunray uses vodka. Other ingredients include syrup and lime juice, and some Thai ingredients such as coconut liqueur, chili and ginger, a leaf of Kaffir lime and three slivers...

2008-10-05 00:00:06

By CHRISTOPHER FOWLER Fiction You'll need a strong stomach for Self's stories Liver: A fictional organ with a surface anatomy of four lobes By Will Self Penguin Pounds 18.99 As the literary equivalent of Francis Bacon, Will Self continually challenges readers with biological overload. In Liver he has found an appropriate method of anatomy, via four pieces connected by the body's largest internal organ. Stepping into Self's world is like opening one of the Wellcome Institute's cabinets of...

2008-08-23 00:00:24

Top Gear presenter James May visited Plymouth yesterday with his wine buff colleague Oz Clarke. The duo enjoyed a tipple in the cocktail lounge of Plymouth Gin - while filming their new TV series Oz and James' Big Beer Adventure, which features beer, gin and tea as well as their usual tipple, wine. The pair are touring round the country in a Rolls-Royce and a small caravan in search of the perfect pint, following the success of their last series about wine, which took them all over France...

2008-07-18 09:00:20

By Eric Asimov I've been leafing through a bunch of cocktail manuals recently. Aside from the vicarious pleasure, I've been trying to figure out the logic of the Louisiana legislature, which, apparently having finished its work with the Hurricane Katrina cleanup, has moved on to the pressing business of selecting an official cocktail for the city of New Orleans. It has chosen the sazerac. Now, if any American city deserves its own cocktail, it is New Orleans. It certainly has earned the...

2008-07-08 18:00:09

By Mary Foster NEW ORLEANS - In New Orleans, cocktails are serious business. What better town for a temple to the tasty history of the American libation? Many outsiders may get their idea of the Big Easy's cocktail culture from the jumbo-sized plastic cups of punch slugged down by tourists on Bourbon Street. But the Museum of the American Cocktail opening this month will focus on the rich history of sophisticated drinks that have been served since Thomas Jefferson was president....

2008-07-02 12:00:23

If anyone is in any doubt about the continued rise, and rise, of the cocktail phenomenon in American culture, or at least in those parts of it where the consumption of liquor is taken seriously, he need only consider the recent announcement that the Museum of the American Cocktail will open the doors of its "spectacular" new home in New Orleans this July. Can a Cocktail Hall of Fame be far behind? As Frank Coleman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States [DISCUS] points out:...

2007-01-11 09:00:25

By Kat Bergeron, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss. Jan. 11--for arthritis What do gin-soaked raisins and copper have in common? Answer: Both are touted as natural or folk remedies for arthritis. Forty-six million Americans have arthritis in some form or another, and those who do know arthritis can be painful, slow you down, and in some cases, be debilitating. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in this country, arthritis limits the activities of more than 17 million adults....

2005-12-22 19:12:49

LONDON (Reuters) - Forget aspirins, hairs of dogs and hot baths, the only sure way of avoiding a hangover is not to drink in the first place, according to a new study. Researchers led by Max Pittler of the Peninsular Medical School at Exeter University, surfed the Internet and combed medical databases to study a range of hangover cures from the traditional to the novel. Their research roamed from the humble aspirin to fructose, artichokes and even prickly pears but found no silver...

2005-12-23 00:10:00

LONDON -- Forget aspirins, hairs of dogs and hot baths, the only sure way of avoiding a hangover is not to drink in the first place, according to a new study. Researchers led by Max Pittler of the Peninsular Medical School at Exeter University, surfed the Internet and combed medical databases to study a range of hangover cures from the traditional to the novel. Their research roamed from the humble aspirin to fructose, artichokes and even prickly pears but found no silver bullet. However,...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.