To suggest it has been quite some time since I have formally gathered my collective thought for a post would be as much an understatement as 'things can get busy as a first-time parent'. Yes, time for contemplative insights on spirits and cocktails has taken a backseat over the last several months to bigger things in life...most notably, the design/development process related to our new home, and custom lower-level bar! Tho in all seriousness, life has picked up quite a bit with my family recently taking on the requisite steps to wrestle the balance of power from myself to the female contingent... As I am now outnumbered, I've in all likelihood seen my last days on the throne (or tho I shall portray). All that said, among the laundry list of things on which to focus in the new year...getting back into the swing of routine posts. And since there is no better time than the present, consider this one a warm-up.