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Today’s Reason to Drink: December 9th.


Hey dummy, it’s the anniversary of Redd Foxx’s Birthday. Born in 1922, the Sanford and Son star came up with all sorts of cocktails employing a now extinct fortified wine called Ripple, including Mintchipple (mint julep and Ripple), Cripple (cream and Ripple), and Champipple (Champagne and Ripple). Top quote: “Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals, dying of nothing.” Recommended drink. Since ripple is presently very hard to get, pick up a bottle of your favorite fortified wine. Might I suggest Wild Irish Rose?

Frank Kelly Rich
Editor/Publisher of Modern Drunkard Magazine.