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4th of July Cocktails

7/1/2016 10:20 AM


With the weekend of July 4th quickly approaching, it’s time to talk about seasonally appropriate 4th of July cocktails.  This is the day of celebrating America, so drink American-themed drinks.  There are so many good ones, from cocktails to punch, just be careful.  Day drinking has rules.  Here are five of our favorite libations for the 4th:


Born Free


1½ oz. vodka

1 oz. watermelon schnapps

½ oz. cranberry juice

½ oz. lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup

¼ oz. blue curacao

Soda water




To make simple syrup, mix equal parts hot water and sugar until sugar is dissolved over low medium-low heat. Chill to cool.

This is a three-layer beverage: red, white, and blue. Combine the chilled simple syrup with watermelon schnapps and cranberry juice over ice. This is the red. Carefully add lemon, simple syrup, and vodka to create the white layer, then very carefully add the blue curacao to create the final, blue layer, and gently top with soda. Yum!



Red Hound


2 oz. vodka

¼ oz. Maraschino Luxardo

1½ oz. grapefruit juice

Splash simple syrup

Garnish: grapefruit wedge




Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a rocks glass. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.


Red, White, & Blueberry


4 oz. Maker's Mark Bourbon

¼ c. lime juice

¼ c. lemon juice

½ c. orange juice

1 oz. simple syrup

4 mint leaves

Splash club soda

Garnish: mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, strawberries




Combine juices, bourbon, simple syrup, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and add a splash of soda. Garnish with mint leaves, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.


Patriot Punch


2 parts Whiskey

1 part Apricot Brandy

1 part Cranberry Juice

2 parts Champagne

Lemon Wheel (thinly sliced)




To Serve As A Punch: Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Whiskey, Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in red wine glasses.




Cardboard box with 12 cans of all-American goodness




Pour cans into a cooler.  Cover with ice and allow time to chill.  Serve with a koozie.



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The American flag has been our symbol of unity and strength for 240 years.  Displaying the flag is a source of American pride and inspiration for all citizens.  It is the symbol of the ‘shining city on the hill’.  The flag itself has a unique history, which started back in 1776.  On January 1st, 1776, a Congressional resolution was passed which reorganized the Continental Army under George Washington’s control.  It was a bad day for American forces, as they were under siege by the British Army in Boston.  Washington ordered the Grand Union flag, which had 13 alternating red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner, to be raised above his base at Prospect Hill.


Later that year, in May, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag.  The next year, in June, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act:


“Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation”. 


This established the official flag for the new nation.


Since then, Congress has passed 26 acts that changed the shape, design, and arrangement of the flag and allowed for additional stars and stripes to be added to reflect each new state.


Today’s flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21st, 1959, and consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red and six white.  The stripes represent the original thirteen colonies, and the stars represent each of the 50 states of the Union.  The colors are symbolic as well:


“Old Glory” Red symbolizes hardiness and valor

White symbolizes purity and innocence

“Old Glory” Blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice


There is flag etiquette that should be followed out of respect for our nation’s greatest symbol:

  • The flag should never be allowed to touch the ground
  • If the flag is flown at night, it should be illuminated
  • The flag should be repaired or replaced if it becomes tattered
  • The flag is not to adorn anything that is intended to be discarded after temporary use
  • When the flag is displayed on the side of a vehicle, the canton (the stars) should point towards the front of the vehicle, as if the flag is streaming backward as the vehicle moves forward.


The flag is displayed at half-mast as a sign of respect or mourning. 


The American flag is known by many nicknames: “Stars and Stripes”, “the Star-Spangled Banner”, and “Old Glory”. 


Be a proud American and show the flag its due respect.  Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, put your hand over your heart during the “Star-Spangled Banner”, and shake a veteran’s hand.  They, as well as many of our forefathers, fought and died so we can have those freedoms.

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Best Summer Cocktails

6/7/2016 3:47 PM


It’s fair to say that almost any cocktail will be refreshing and thirst quenching in the hot summer months. Whether you are grilling, hanging out on the beach, or enjoying a patio, some combinations of ingredients do a better job than others.


Sweet and fruity drinks are the most popular this time of year, and for good reason. They have a light and refreshing quality that is desired when the mercury is above 80…. much more so than heavier and darker libations. That goes for beer, too. Lighter beers will do more for your thirst than their darker, bolder cousins.


Here are six sure-fire cocktails that will be sure to please anyone this summer:


1. Margarita – The components of a classic margarita are tequila, triple sec, and fresh lime juice. How you mix them is the difference between a good drink and a bad one. Here’s how to do it right:


1 ½ oz. tequila (100% agave tequila preferred)

1 ½ oz. triple sec or Cointreau

1 ¼ oz. of lime juice

Salt for the rim of the glass


Shake all the ingredients with cracked ice in a cocktail shaker until the exterior frosts. Strain into a glass over rocks in a cocktail glass, and use a slice of lime for garnish.


2. Mojito – The Mojito is another very popular summer drink, which relies on the mint for an extra punch of flavor. Be careful with these, as a few of these will catch up to you quickly.


2 mint sprigs, divided

¼ cup white rum

2 tablespoons simple syrup

1 tablespoon + ¾ tsp. lime juice

1 dash Angostura bitters


Muddle one mint sprig in a cocktail shaker. Add rum, simple syrup, lime juice, and bitters. Fill with ice, cover, and shake for 10 seconds. Strain into an old fashion glass. Garnish with remaining mint sprig.


3. French 75 – Rather high-brow for a summer time cocktail, the French 75 is one of the most famous champagne and liquor cocktails. Very refreshing with a great aftertaste, these are perfect for a pre-dinner drink. Ladies love them. This recipe makes two:


2 ounces of gin

1 tsp. superfine sugar

½ oz. lemon juice

5 oz. Brut champagne

Add the gin, sugar, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake well. Strain into a Collins glass half full of cracked ice, and top off with champagne.


4. Sangria – The ultimate back porch drink. Sangria is served out of a pitcher to all the partygoers. It’s a delicious, fruity drink that goes best with sunshine and a good attitude. If you forget the good attitude, a couple of these will set you right.


1 (750ml) bottle red wine

¼ cup brandy

¼ cup orange flavored liqueur (triple sec or Grand Marnier)

2 tbsp fresh lime juice

2 tbsp fresh orange juice

¼ cup sugar

½ orange, thinly sliced

½ lemon, thinly sliced

1 unwaxed apple, cored, and cut into thin wedges

1 (750ml) bottle of chilled sparkling water

Combine everything but the sparkling water in a large glass pitcher. Cover and chill completely, which will take about one to two hours. Add the sparkling water when you are ready to serve.


5. Gin & Tonic – There is nothing cooler than a G&T, especially during the summertime. The beauty is in the simplicity: three ingredients make one of the finest drinks ever concocted. They go down easy, and they taste great. A crowd pleaser.


3 oz. of good gin

4 oz. of good tonic water

2 lime wedges

Fill a Collins glass with ice. Add the gin, then the tonic water, and the juice of one of the lime wedges. Stir well. Garnish with the second lime wedge, and serve immediately.


6. Transfusion- This cocktail was created on the golf course and is our founder, TJ Callaway's favorite summer cocktail.


3 oz. vodka

2 oz. grape juice

2 oz. ginger ale

1 lime

Combine all ingredients with crushed ice and add a squeeze of lime.


Cheers, Onward Reserve Gazette readers! What are you drinking this summer?

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Father's Day Planning

6/7/2016 3:28 PM


With Father’s Day coming up on June 19th, it’s time to start making plans to show your old man how much you appreciate all that he has done for you. There are plenty of gifts that will make his day, and you should buy accordingly. Beyond that, get to work planning a great day now, and ensure he enjoys some quality time with his favorite people.


Golfing – This is a no brainer. Book a tee time now at his favorite course. Extra credit if you can get your grandfather and brother in the foursome. For all the golfing dads out there, there isn’t a much better day than getting in 18 holes with their kids. More than likely, your dad taught you quite a bit about the game of golf, so show him what you’ve learned. Daughters that don’t play can drive the cart for him. Keep his drink full from the cart girl, and split a sandwich after the round. Get a group shot on the 18th green. That’s a keeper.


Fishing – Since fishing is such a relaxing past time, this is a great opportunity to throw a line or two into the water and catch up with your Dad. Whether it’s from a lawn chair with night crawlers, on a bass boat at his secret honey-hole, or off shore hunting a marlin, fishing is an excellent way to spend time together. You bring the bait and the beverages, as well as all the encouragement you can muster. As long as the company is good, who cares what you haul into the boat.


Shooting – Since there isn’t much to hunt this time of year, get out for an afternoon of blowing clay pigeons out of the sky. Guns don’t do any good collecting dust, and Father’s Day is a great time to pull the trigger. You bring the rounds and clean up the shells. Turn it into a competitive game, but let him go first to set the example.


Baseball Game – Another no brainer. And it doesn't have to be a Braves game down at the Ted. Whether it’s a MLB game or a minor league game, the point is to spend an afternoon watching America’s pastime with your dad. Boiled peanuts, hot dogs, and a couple beers should make the afternoon perfect. Hopefully the home team wins, but at the end of the day, who cares…


Dinner – Time permitting, a family dinner should follow any of the above activities. Fire up the grill for his favorite piece of meat, and thank the good Lord for your father’s guidance, wisdom, and love during the prayer. You wouldn't be here without him.


Be sure to get your picture taken together so he’ll have a lasting memory that will look good framed on his desk. Remember, the most important thing is to spend time with your dad to show him how important he is to you. One day you’ll be in his shoes (if you aren’t already), so pay it forward.

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Masters Facts

3/29/2016 9:26 AM


Did you know that Bobby Jones didn’t like calling his tournament “The Masters”?  Clifford Roberts actually referred to the tournament as “The Masters” back in ’38.  Bobby Jones was quoted in 1963 as calling his tournament “the so-called Masters”.


Augusta National Golf Club was originally supposed to have 1800 members.  During the first tournament in 1934, the club only had 76 paying members, and they couldn’t afford to pay Horton Smith, the first winner, or any of the top finishers until ~17 members chipped in for the purse.


The clubhouse that stands today, originally known as the Dennis Redmond manor house, was supposed to be torn down for a new $100,000 clubhouse.  Lack of funding forced the club to use the original house as the clubhouse, which still stands today.


The first Masters tournament in 1934 was unnamed.  In the schedule, it was referred to as one of four tournaments scheduled for the spring, at “…Augusta National Golf Course, March 22, 23, 24, and 25…details of the event will be given once complete.”


The original design of Augusta National called for a 19th hole, a 90-yard uphill hole between the 9th and 18th greens.  The intent was so that a losing golfer could have a chance to win his money back in a game of double or nothing.  The plans were scrapped because it would impede the view to the 18th green for patrons watching the Masters.


The par-3 course was originally viewed as a waste of money, but the full 18-hole par-3 course was an instant hit with the members.


Augusta National hosted the first PGA Seniors event in 1937, which essentially started The Champions tour.


The iconic green jacket was originally worn as an usher’s coat.  The jacket was to be worn by members so patrons could easily identify them if they needed to ask questions.



The Masters was the first tournament to use a 72-hole competition over four days.


The Masters was the first tournament to have room to park thousands of cars.


The Masters was the first tournament to offer a free daily pairing sheet instead of a program.


The Masters was the first tournament to be covered nationwide on radio.


The Masters was the first tournament to use bleachers and rope galleries.


The Masters was the first tournament to use an on-course scoreboard.  CBS television crews were directed to show updates of the score by using the on-course scoreboard, because it was easier to read than listening to the announcers read off the leaders.



The Masters was the first tournament to use the over/under par system we use today.


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