It’s been a busy few months since I last blogged, and I fear I may have lost a few folks along the way in the delay. Desculpas!

Meanwhile, CPCC continues to flourish. Later today Jeremy & Julie are hosting our November edition, featuring the Dark ‘n’ Stormy. (Rumor has it they even brewed their own ginger beer!) I’ll catch everyone up on September and October’s clubs shortly, but meanwhile there has been quite a bit of cocktail coverage in the Chicago Tribune.

Here’s what I’ve been writing about at the day job over the past few months:

* classic cocktails for the Stew‘s recurring “Friday at 5: A cocktail to kick off the weekend,” including the Moscow Mule, the aforementioned Dark ‘n’ Stormy, the Pink Lady, the Bebbo, the Michelada and most recently our friend Kentucky Colonel; and several local mixologists’ modern creations including the Old Money, the Ginger White Peach Smash and the Midnight Mary #3
* Chicago’s first legally-aged whiskey since Prohibition (!)
* David Wondrich’s new book on Punch, with a capital P
* two local Chicago restaurants’ ventures into house-made schnapps and brandy
* perhaps the most delicious autumnal cocktail I’ve sipped

Currently I’m working on a story on glogg, and will be heading into Cognac territory deeper into winter. I’ve also been collecting bitters for the past few months and have amassed a ridiculous supply, which will feed into a story in the next few months.

On this blog’s agenda: spending a bit of time writing about a recent trip to New York — my first in five or six years — wherein I successfully hit just about every major craft-cocktail lounge in the five boroughs in as many days. That was September. I also need to post CPCC member Maureen’s insightful October presentation on the manhattan. Oh, and I should probably include a recipe for the punch I just made for Thanksgiving…

Lots more to come!