Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Because it is the longest night and because I believe in the old adage feed a fever, get a cold drunk, tonight I'm drinking hot buttered rum.
Monday, December 19, 2011
- I took a six inch long piece of ginger and washed it off.
- I ran it through my juicer.
- I added the juice and all the shredded ginger left in the juicer's waste bin to two cups of boiling water.
- I added a half cup of blue agave syrup to the mix.
- I let it simmer for 10 minutes or so, stirring often.
- I strained it into a cute little bottle.
- Chop ginger up in a food processor if you don't have a juicer. Or just chop it up if you don't have either.
- Add chopped ginger to two cups of boiling water.
- Add one cup of sugar to the mix. What was I thinking using agave syrup? Agave syrup is for health nut pussies. It also gave my ginger beer syrup a kind of malty taste. I don't mind it, but sugar would be better.
- Let it simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often. I'm impatient and could only hold out for 10 minutes.
- Strain it into whatever container you can find. You may not have the foresight to save old bottles like I did.
- Add one tablespoon of ginger beer syrup to a reindeer glass full of ice. You can use other glasses, but it won't taste as Christmasy.
- Add club soda, or sparkling water to fill the glass. I used San Pellegrino.
- Taste and add more soda or syrup until you're happy with it.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I’m inspired by my friends. They are talented and witty and going places. Trying to keep up with them instead of--I'll just admit it--being jealous of them, drives me to drink.
My most recent inspiration came from @sewzinski. Not only is she an incredible artist (check out her shop on Etsy), now she’s trying to get all healthy. When she mentioned how she was eating grapefruit to infuse her body with grapefruity goodness, I was inspired to make a Salty Dog.
Here’s a little lesson on the Salty Dog:
Vodka mixed with grapefruit juice is known as a Greyhound. I don’t know why. If you add salt to the rim of the glass, the Greyhound becomes a Salty Dog. When I really want to annoy the bartender at The Filling Station (bar in Des Moines with fresh squeezed juice drinks), I order a Screwhound. A Screwhound is vodka, orange juice, and grapefruit juice.
I made the Salty Dog pictured by juicing two ruby red grapefruit and adding some Tito’s vodka. I mixed salt and pink sanding sugar to rim the glass. I garnished with a zest of grapefruit. I feel healthier just drinking it.
Warning: I’ve read that grapefruit has some interaction with anti-depressants and makes it so they don’t work. But who needs anti-depressants when you have grapefruit juice and vodka?
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I have found my drink for fall. I stole it directly from Shar on The Spirit. Normally I use drink recipes as a jumping off point. I assume I know what I will like better than the mixologists or whatever they call themselves. I usually change the name of the cocktail because, again, I know better.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Thursday, December 30, 2010
During the holiday season I like to drink Southern Comfort Punch. It is actually called "Holiday Punch" in the Southern Comfort pamphlet I have from 1974 (real date of pamphlet may not be 1974, but it has a 1974 feel to it and me and my family have been drinking this for a long time, so you get the idea).
- Get punch bowl.
- Add one container of frozen orange juice (any brand will do). It can still be slightly frozen because I think that makes the punch colder and it will thaw eventually.
- Add one container of Minute Maid Limeade. I always use Minute Maid Limeade because it just tastes better.
- Add some Cranberry Juice Cocktail--classic Ocean Spray works best. Don't use real cranberry juice. This is no time to try to be healthy. I like the punch to have a pinkish orange color, so I add enough cranberry juice to achieve that look.
- Add Southern Comfort. Use your judgement here. No matter how much you add, it will pretty much taste the same. So you decide how drunk you want people to end up and how much of your precious alcohol you want to use. Southern Comfort is relatively cheap and I like people to have a good time, so I add a lot.
- Add a bunch of ice or an ice ring. You've made this pretty strong and the juices are pretty sweet, so it can handle a lot of melting ice without losing any of the flavor.
- Add a can or two of 7-Up before serving. The fizz makes it good, that's why I add it as close to guest arrival time as possible.