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Chelsea Hughes

Chelsea Hughes

Chelsea Hughes is an artist and avid student of the bartending world. With over ten years of experience in the restaurant industry, working with seasoned professionals from all over middle Georgia, New Orleans, Las Vegas and Charlotte, she strives to bring a new and creative approach to bartending in the south. When you find her mixing and muddling a vast array of libations behind the bar at Meritage in downtown Columbus, don't be surprised if she talks you out of your bourbon and diet and into a cranberry spice infused Manhattan. She has a tendency to bore folks with her endless explorations of craft beer and bourbon and has an unhealthy obsession with Harry Potter. So, choose your words wisely when you patronize her bar, lest you spark a conversation from which you cannot escape. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys crafting jewelry, listening to progressive dubstep (and occasionally some Beethoven), cooking, and playing in the dirt aka gardening.

TIBT: What in the world is Falernum?

It goes without saying that my reliability when it comes to this blog is significantly lacking, but I said it anyway, just so you all know I have NO difficulty admitting my own failures. On the bright side, in my

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Thirsty Thursday With Muscadines…. Not Wine

Muscadine is such a funny word. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that before experimenting with this particular cocktail, I had never even tasted a muscadine. Turns out, they are these vibrant purple, fat and juicy south-eastern species of the

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Thirsty Thursday: The Sweet Tea Sidecar

I know, I know. It’s been entirely too long since I’ve updated you guys on my cocktail chronicles. Seems I’ve had my hands a bit full the last couple of months, but I promise there are amazing things to come as

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Thirsty Thursday: And the Winner Is….

I’ve never won anything in my life. I’ve entered all sorts of talent shows, student government elections, homecoming courts, state piano and ballet competitions….I could go on and on. I’ve never won anything in my life…until several weeks ago. And let

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Cigarettes and Coffee: a toast to Otis Redding

It’s been so long since I’ve shared a cocktail recipe with you that I feel like you’ve missed a very significant event in the evolution of my palate. In the last two months I seem to have developed an uncanny appreciation of

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On Creativity and Time Management

I’ve realized lately that I am an absolutely terrible multi-tasker. Sure, I am capable of doing a lot of things: I can play the piano, I can sing, I can write music – I can cook, I can make a

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New Year, Old You

This is going to be a very nontraditional post on my part. We’re two weeks into the new year, and I’m yet to do anything new. Sure, I’ve made a few drinks and cooked a few meals, but nothing I’ve never

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TIBT: Christmas in a Glass

I can’t believe I’m about to share this recipe with you. There are very few times when I find myself under the influence of an idea so impeccable that my first attempt to create that which I have imagined turns out perfectly.

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TIBT: The Original Gangster

It is worth noting that I have procrastinated writing about this particular cocktail for a dramatic amount of time; not because I’m not fond of it, and not because I don’t know the proper proportions and technique required to create

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TIBT: The Lavender Gimlet

I’ve never been a fan of gin. From the time I first started learning about different spirits and their flavor profiles, I never imagined a spirit infused with  juniper would be remotely enjoyable. Who wants to drink something that tastes

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