This Month's Mixology Monday theme is smoke. Our host is @elanabean of Stir& Strain. I thought about doing something with Islay scotch. I mixed things with mezcal that ought not be repeated, or mentioned. I trapped smoke in my Boston in a less than fruitful attempt to smoke a drink. Ultimately I remembered that in F&W Cocktails 2012 there is a drink with smoke (and salt and cucumber) in the name. I didn't make that. Instead I made this delicious iced tea from the same book! From Anu Apte of Seattle's Rob Roy is the…
6 oz boiling water
1 tablespoon Lapsang Souchong
5 saffron threads
2 whole cloves
1 tablespoon honey
Combine water, tea, saffron and cloves. Steep for 8 minutes. Stir in honey until dissolved. Strain and cool. Once cooled pour in a chilled and ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with a lemons wedge.
It goes well with spicy stir-fry. But don't take my word for it…
Sunday, September 22, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
It's Mixology Monday time again. This time our host is Muse of Doom of Feu De Vie. The theme is fire. Let's
Many years ago I received as a gift a cocktail book called The Complete Book Of Mixed Drinks. No, not this book. A different book. Possibly a semi-promotional book funded by Seagram's and sold in Australia. Possibly. For a time some recipes appeared verbatim on www.boozee.nz. This last fact may still be the case or it may not. I didn't check. Anyway, amongst the typos and wrong photos and general oddness there was one drink in particular that struck me as really odd. The drink itself is pretty straight forward and tasty. The garnish of grated chocolate seems plausible enough but the second garnish is a horse of a different colour! I will give you my version then we'll move on to the verbatim version.
Warm galliano and place in a warmed 5 oz cocktail glass. (The warming is key. Without it I had to spike the Galliano to up its proof in order for intro light). Swirl to coat glass. Sprinkle sugar over liqueur. Light galliano on fire! Slowly pour hot coffee into glass. (The flames should continue buring until you've nearly filled the glass). Top with cream or whipped cream.
And now the best part! It's not nearly as much fun as you think it's going to be but it's absurdity more than makes up for it:
Serve with a saucer of marshmallows.
Yeah, you read that right. Marshmallows. The little ones. The little pastel coloured ones. Here's the original recipe from the book:
Thank you Muse Of Doom. Thank you Fred Yarm. Thank you Paul Clarke.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
It's mixology Monday time again! I've missed a few and u think the works is none he worse for that. This mo UBS theme is bright to us by feed if cockya virginxdkut.
Uh, right. Lets try that again. This time typing with both hands and not merely one thumb… on my phone.
It's Mixology Monday time again. I've missed the past few and, let's face it, the world is no worse off for my lack of participation. Anyway, our host this time is the indefatigable Fred Yarm of CVS and the theme is Flip Flop. At first I thought this was a reiteration of Inverted but it's not. How so? Read this.
I had a few ideas of what to flip and what to flop but they all seemed to be too time consuming on try. I've got things to do! So I took a dubious "classic" and changed two of the ingredients. Behold I give you… (it's a put on)
The Onion Front
1 jigger pickled onion juice
1 jigger akvavit
Drink onion juice rapidly. Follow immediately by drinking akvavit rapidly. Join the party dressed to kill.
There you have it folks. The good ole Pickleback flipped and flopped.
Thank you to Fred and to Paul Clarke.
Cheers and be well!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
I've been doing this for eight weeks!? Really? How 'bout that, whadda ya know etc etc…
When I set out to do this I had a set format and vision, almost. I was going to keep track of each and every day and decide if I'd won or lost. Then I was going to post a weekly score. That didn't last. Things change. I may need to come up with a new format. We shall see, we shall see.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
First a nutrition related confession: Today I had a chocolate chip muffin for breakfast a peanut butter sandwich for lunch and a chocolate dipped ice cream cone for dinner. I also had two coffees and a few glasses of cola. I think I should buy groceries! :P
There are mainly two ways in which my blog becomes neglected. Either I'm sitting at home feeling down and not motivated to write or I'm out living my life and barely find time to snap photos let alone write about what I'm doing. Lately it's been the latter. If any of you <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/12112468@N06/sets/72157632402674029/">follow my photos</a> you may have noticed some gaps lately. I'm not too down to take photos. I'm too busy keeping my phone in my pocket. When there are real live people around my phone goes away … mostly. That's enough news I think.
"I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it people like me!"
- Stuart Smalley
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
It's midweek so I ought to post.
My penchant for having <strike>inappropriate</strike> unusual reactions continues. Some of the time I respond in a way opposite to what one might expect. Much talk of Heaven and the eternity of one's soul left me not with hope and peace but left me unsettled and full of dread. I think this ought not be the case. Perhaps I was overly tired and already unsettled. Food, coffee, and friendly faces brought me back to normalcy, eventually.
I could explain this phenomenon more clearly but perhaps now is not the time.
Some time ago I would often misinterpret a full bladder as leg pain. There are other examples but that springs to mind most readily. I wonder how often I've misread cues for hunger or sleep. For that matter how often have I misinterpreted cues from other people? Do I continue to? Likely. Praise and criticism are things I likely don't understand correctly.