Wednesday, December 26, 2007
1.5 oz. Gin
.5 oz. Creme de Casis
.25 oz. fresh lime juice
a dash or two of Crystal sauce or any hot sauce you like and adjust to your hot level.
Shake with ice, strain and serve in a cocktail glass.
It is a very interesting drink and much better than you would expect. Much like a Shrub that uses vinegar. We served 6 and everyone liked it. Give it a shot.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
This Vintage Shrunken Skull mug was originally sold at the Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, FL where they served up this dangerous drink in this very mug. Today there is a new version of the mug with the tattoo all glazed. What makes this mug so special is the Cold Paint that was hand painted over the glaze. Of course the paint was susceptible to chipping and this savage shows some wear and tear, but hey, he’s been around for a while and thankfully I rescued him from a thrift shop for 0.29. Normally I would never drink from a vessel so valuable, but I had to pay tribute to him after rescuing him from that nasty thrift store. And what more appropriate way than making the very drink served in him for so many years.
This version comes from Jeff Beachbum Berry’s essential tome Grog Log.
1 oz. fresh lime
1 oz. Grenadine
1 oz. Gold Rum
1 oz. Demerara Rum
Shake like hell in a shaker with ice and pour the entire contents in a skull mug.
Now that’s a killer drink.
Monday, November 26, 2007
The Whisdy Mac is a simple drink but packs a punch and delivers a unique taste.
You can play with the parts ratio. Some call for equal and others add the ginger to taste.
1.5 oz. Scotch whisky
1 oz. Stones Ginger Wine
Carefully pour the Ginger Wine into the scotch without disturbing it much and enjoy.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
1 oz. Blue Curacao
1 oz. Lychee Liqueur
1 oz. Grapefruit juice
Shake in a shaker with ice and serve in a cocktail glass.
Keep in mind my loyal drunks, that Curacao tastes the same no matter what color it is. If you dont have blue you could make this sucker any color you want. Green, red, orange etc... its the bitter orange flavor your after. As for the grapefruit juice, there seems to be a shortage of plain grapefruit juice. Usually all I can find is ruby red, the more sweet version of grapefruit juice and the more popular. I believe the grapefruit juice style will change the overall flavor of the drink and look forward to trying regular when I find it.
The drink was lovely with a great tropical exotic feel. A bit sweet for my tastes, I'm a sour guy, and I dont think I could drink more than one, but the wife like it and tried a second. We halfed toned down the Curacao to 1/2 oz. and added 1/2 oz. of water. This didnt effect the overall taste, and cut a few calories to boot.
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Lychee Liqueur
1/3 oz. lemon
Now, I admit I broke a cardinal rule here using the little yellow lemon juice bottle, but we were in a pinch because there was not a fresh lemon to be found in the house. Thats why we keep a few of these babies in stock. Thankfully the recipe only calls for a dash.
It was a tasty drink with the unique lychee flavor and the kick from the gin made it feel like a masculine drink. The recipe book I found it in states this should be made when the orange blossoms are in bloom, but that doesnt happen until March in Florida, so a brisk (65 F)November evening was just fine with us.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
3/4 oz. Dry Vermouth
Stir over cracked ice. Strain in a cocktail glass.
If you are a fan of Campari this one is for you. If Campari is a bit to harsh for you , dont worry, the Rye is the perfect additive taking some of the bitterness out of it.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
In a blender add two cups of ice.
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
1/2 oz. White or Orange Curacao
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1 1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
1 oz. Gin
Blend till smooth, garnish with orange slice.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
- "Down South" means Key West
- "Panhandling" means going to Pensacola.
- You think no-one over 70 should be allowed to drive.
- Flip-flops are everyday wear.
- Shoes are for business meetings and church.
- Sweet tea can be served at any meal.
- An alligator once walked through your neighborhood.
- You smirk when a game show's "Grand Prize" is a trip or cruise to Florida.
- You measure distance in minutes.
- You have a drawer full of bathing suits, and one sweatshirt.
- You get annoyed at the tourists who feed seagulls.
- All the local festivals are named after a fruit.
- A mountain is any hill 100 feet above sea level.
- You think everyone from a bigger city has a northern accent.
- You know the four seasons really are: almost summer, summer, >not summer but really hot, and Christmas.
- It's not soda, cola, or pop...its coke, regardless of > brand or flavor, "What kinda coke you want?"
- Anything under 95 is just warm.
- Anything under 70 is chilly.
- You've hosted a hurricane party.
- You go to a theme park for an afternoon, and know when > to get on the best rides.
- You pass on the right and honk at the elderly.
- You understand the futility of exterminating cockroaches.
- You can pronounce Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Withlacoochee, Okahumpka and Loxahatchee.
- You understand why it's better to have a friend with a boat, than have a boat yourself.
- Bumper stickers on the pickup in front of you include: various fish, NRA, and a confederate flag.
- You were 8 before you realized they made houses without pools.
- You were 12 when you first met someone who couldn't swim.
- You get angry when people say "Florida isn't really part of the SOUTH"
- You've worn shorts and used the A/C on Christmas.
- You know what the "stingray shuffle" is, and why it's > important!
- Socks are only for bowling
- Orange juice from concentrate makes you vomit
- Tap water makes you vomit
- You never use an umbrella because you know the rain > will be over in five minutes
- A good parking place has nothing to do with distance from the store, but everything to do with shade.
- You can tell the difference between fire ant bites and mosquito bites.
- You've driven through Yeehaw Junction.
- You could swim before you could read.
- You have to drive north to get to The South.
- You know that no other grocery store can compare to Publix.
- Every other house had blue roofs in 2004-2005.
- You know that anything under a Category 3 just isn't worth waking up for.
- You dread lovebug season.
- You are on a first name basis with the Hurricane list. They aren't Hurricane Charley, Hurricane Frances...but Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.
- You know what a snowbird is and you hate them.
- You know why flamingos are pink.
- You think a six-foot alligator is actually pretty average.
Tails of the Merman...my good buddy over at http://exp33.blogspot.com/ has created one of todays greatest action heros...The Merman. Enjoy
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
This post goes out to a friend who has been waiting for something special for a while. I stumbled on the LP version in a thrift shop and have burned it digitally and one day i'll post it up here for all you Flash fans... Queen did the mucic score for this film. I remember going to see the movie with my dad when I was 8. I loved it then, and still remember the scene with the wood beast. Scarry stuff. Enjoy it Eric.
Friday, July 27, 2007
When you visit, you must order the Coffee Grog as dessert. The server prepares the drink before your eyes in spectacular fashion. The drink is so wonderful...creamy, buttery, and served with a cinnamon stick.
Tablespoon brown sugar ( substitute Demerara Sugar if you like)
Dash of Angostura Bitters
4-6 mint leaves
3 oz. Demerara Rum
Dissolve sugar in lime juice, swizzle everything in an old fashioned filled with curshed ice. Add ice to fill. Swizzle again until the glass frosts with ice. Garnish with mint sprig and lime shell
Thursday, July 19, 2007
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Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Legend has it, the Panama hat was so named because President Teddy Roosevelt had returend from a visit to the Panama Canal and raved about how much he liked a hat he picked up locally. Thus the name for the straw made hat was dubbed the Panama Hat.
Today the best Panama hats are hand woven in Ecuador by master weavers, a skill that is passed from generation to generation. Much like skilled cigar rollers, these master hat weavers have spent much of their lives honing their skills.
Today there are many brands of this fine hat. Most brands grade the quality of the hat into three categories.
- Fino Grade: Quality typical of a Grade 2-4 straw. 100-500 weaves per sq. inch
- Super Fino Grade: Quality typical of a Grade 5-8 straw. 500-800 weaves per sq. inch.
- Optimo Grade: Quality typical of a Grade 9 and up straw. 900-2000 weaves per sq. inch.
No, straw hat will last foever, and most Panama's can last from 1-10 years depending on wear. The most common issues for the breakdown of the straw comes from the straw drying. Never store your hat in direct sun and never pick the hat up by its top. This bad habit will bread down the crown and you will loose the shape. Never pinch the crown and when handling, hold the hat by the brim.
If you start to get sweat stains on your Panama hat, a mix of lemon juice and water sprayed on the hat and then allowing the hat to sit in the sun for a few hours will sometimes bleach the sweat stain out.
Most importantly, the use of a wide brim hat WILL help prevent skin cancer. Why not look slick while taking care of yourself? I wear my anytime I go outside.
Cheers from the Panama Hat wearing Hobbit.
Monday, June 4, 2007
The Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) was first released in 1956 by designers Charles and Ray Eames who worked for the Herman Miller Furniture Company. The Chair is made from molded plywood with thin wood veener guled and shaped under heat and pressure. The seat cushions were usually covered in leather.
This is just one comfortable looking chair and they style is timeless. The unfortunate problem is the insane cost the chairs are fetching. Upwards of $7000 USD. There are knock off versions to be had and sometimes you can find one in rough condition at used furniture stores. The search for an original Eames is always on, however I'm not getting my hopes up on this one.