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Jul 22

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in BOOZE!!, BOTW, Social

I’m tired and cranky and have to take Son to get his driver’s permit today, so bear with me.

kopke reserve tawny port

I am not a booze snob by any stretch. I drink wine from a box. It’s an adult juice box, you know. But I have found I do have a preference when it comes to port. I tend to like tawny port over ruby, and I prefer Portuguese over American. Shun me if you must, but Portugal has been making this stuff since way before our country was founded, so they have an edge. Since it is a sweet wine, it is usually partaken after dinner. Personally I love it with sharp cheese. There is nothing better than a piece of bleu cheese soaked in tawny port and then spread on hearty bread. Basic tawnies are aged for a minimum of three years, reserves are aged for a minimum of seven years, and then if you are serious about tawnies, you get the ones with “indication of age”. Flavors come in decades: 10, 20, 30, and 40 year old tawnies. Usually a reserve is a great value, but if you have the coin, a 20 year old tawny port is quite awesome to enjoy.

And now I am off to go get crap done so I can justify enjoy a glass this evening :)

Jul 15

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 in BOOZE!!, Social

Today’s offering is put forth by our friend Jack Capito.

Don’t judge me.

extra creamy orgasm cocktail

Extra Creamy Orgasm

  • ½ oz. Amaretto
  • ½ oz. Kahlua
  • ½ oz. Bailey’s
  • ½ oz. Creme de cacao
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • Chocolate sprinkles

First, swirl chocolate syrup on the inside of a shot glass. Shake Amaretto, Kahlua, Bailey’s, and creme de cacao over ice. Pour inside the chocolate garnished shot glass. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles. This may not be for everyone, but it damn sure is for me.

So much chocolate, so little a glass ;)

Jul 8

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in BOOZE!!, BOTW, Social

I’ve been feeling nostalgic for the old days when our country respected our allies and crushed our enemies. There was a time that Poland was rejoicing due to the realignments proposed and structured by the previous administration. Now they view the current administration with all the warmth of a Gorgon. At least Poland knows who its true friends are. I can’t say the same for this administration.

I am such a Susie Sunshine today.

Anyway, my nostalgia inspired today’s post.

zubrowka vodka

This is the smoothest vodka I have ever enjoyed, even at room temperature. It is flavored with the grass that the Polish bison prefers. The Poles love their bison, you know. You can sort of get this here. Unfortunately, the real stuff is not sold in the US. The reason? The grass used to flavor it has a coumadin derivative, which is a heart medication and would fall under the FDA rules. But you can get a similar version that is artificially flavored. Bak’s Bison Grass Vodka managed to distill the flavor absent the coumadin.

But fair warning. It’s not the same as Zubrowka. If you’ve never had Zubrowka, then no problem, right? But if you have, and find yourself rationing what little you have left because it is THAT good, pining away for it and cursing stupid heart medications, then you may be slightly disappointed. No, I’m not crying and hugging the bottle right now. That will happen after dinner :D

Jul 1

Booze of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Booze Links, BOOZE!!, BOTW, Social

Last time I was over at the Class Six I spied with my little eye a gift set of this, so I snagged it:

crystal-head-vodka

Crystal Head Vodka is manufactured in Canada and is the only vodka I have found that is gluten free, kosher certified, and free of any additives. The company was founded by Dan Aykroyd, inspired to find a vodka that had no additives. He’s New Age like that. Actually, he is so New Age that part of the filtering process is done through Herkimer diamonds, which are quartz crystals that supposedly have healing properties. The bottle itself is a nod to the legend of the Thirteen Crystal Skulls, as well. Who knew Aykroyd was such a mystic??

Anyway, the vodka itself is rather smooth and light. I also found it to be unobtrusive in my drink. I could tell there was alcohol, but it wasn’t bitter or burning. Though a bit pricey, I do recommend it for special drinks and occasions. I would not use this for cooking or desserts, though. Too expensive for that. But it’s a nice addition to a bar and after the vodka is gone, the skull itself looks mighty grand on the shelf. After watching the process the Italian glassmaker employs to make it, it’s a wonder anyone would throw it out. So for future reference, this makes a rather nice gift for anyone, especially this Aggie ;)

Jun 24

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in BOOZE!!, Social

This week finds me expecting out-of-town family, and getting ready for a family reunion, plus a possible trip to Hubby’s class reunion. I have never attended one of his reunions, being indisposed with children or having to work on the evening of the event.

I am not disposed to attend one now, either. But perhaps it’s a small sacrifice to make. If I’m lucky, I may get some fancy cupcakes out of the deal.

Anyway, I am rather busy getting the house ready but that doesn’t mean I can’t post a recipe, especially one conducive to entertaining like this one.

june bug cocktail

June Bug

  • 3 cups ginger ale
  • 4 tbsp. grenadine
  • 4 tbsp. orange juice
  • 3 scoops orange sherbet
  • 1 cup white rum

Pour all ingredients into a blender and set on high. Pour over ice-filled highball glasses. Then proceed to drink it while enjoying the summer breeze. Just make sure no real june bugs fall in :)

 

Jun 17

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 in BOOZE!!, Social

This past weekend I attended the sort-of-annual get together for members of the Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler blog. This year’s Rott Fest™ was a bit smaller than usual, but just as much fun and as an added bonus, we got to enjoy several alcoholic solutions that we had not tried before.

I also got the chance to fire an Uzi. And it felt gooooooooooooood.

Anyway, one of the solutions I brought to sample was Absolut™ Vodka’s newest addition to their limited edition flavors: Absolute TEXAS!!

absolut texas

Tejano

  • 2 oz. Absolut Texas
  • 3 oz. Grapefruit soda

Pour ingredients over ice in a glass and garnish with lime wedges. You can salt the rim if you so desire.  I’m not one for flavored vodkas, but this one is refreshing, with just a kick. Needless to say, one will do me. Ok, half of one :)

Jun 10

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in BOOZE!!, Social

Not really a girlie drink, but it packs a wallop.

manhattan french

French Manhattan

  • 2 oz. Red Dubonnet
  • 1 oz. Vermouth, dry
  • Cherry, for garnish

Add first two ingredients to a shaker with ice, and swirl the contents gently. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a cherry on the bottom.

Dubonnet is a wine made for use in mixed drinks. Similar in style to Lillet, it comes in sweet (red) and semi-dry (blonde) varieties. If that is too frou-frou for you, stick with the classic and use bourbon ;)

Jun 3

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in BOOZE!!, Social

When it comes to strawberries, I am lucky. No, I can’t grow them worth a damn, but I live relatively close to Poteet, Texas.

By “relative”, I mean within 250 miles. Doable day trip around here.

Anyway, Poteet is famous for their strawberries. The local creamery makes a Poteet Strawberry Ice Cream for a very, VERY limited time. One of my favorite wines is sold during their Strawberry Festival, and once it’s gone, people go into mourning. But the best part about Poteet is going to harvest your own berries out in the fields. It’s a great activity for anyone, no matter if you go on your own or with friends and/or family.

strawberry sensation cocktail

Strawberry Sensation

  • 6 oz. Moscato wine
  • Strawberries
  • Club soda
  • Mint leaves for garnish
  • Sugar (optional)

If you want a very sweet drink, coat the strawberries with a bit of sugar first and let it stand for a few minutes. Next, muddle the wine and the strawberries in a glass until very mushy. Add ice, and top off with club soda. Garnish with some crushed mint leaves if so desired.

You can make a pitcher by increasing to one bottle of moscato, one pint of strawberries, and about 8 oz. of club soda. Take it to your porch and proceed to enjoy your day :)

May 27

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, May 27, 2014 in BOOZE!!, Social

I had a bit of an off day yesterday, and today found me running all over town taking kids to school and to dental appointments, so of course I am running late with this week’s version of a dead blog post.

pinktini

Pinktini

  • 1 oz. Chambord
  • 1 oz. Honey vodka
  • raspberries
  • 1 oz. Lime juice

Pour all liquid ingredients into an ice-filled shaker, and shake well. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass and garnish with raspberries. To get a stronger raspberry taste, muddle a few raspberries before adding the liqueurs to the shaker, and serve as directed.

Enjoy :)

May 20

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 in BOOZE!!, Social

Sorry there was no post yesterday. There was a snafu with the server and I had stuff to do and couldn’t wait around for it to be fixed. But fixed, the blog is. So, on with the blogging.

This week’s recipe is a variation on the Mudslide. I admit, that is one drink I constantly mess up. Why? Because I tend to increase the chocolatiness by a factor of 27. Ergo, I always end up drinking a chocolate shake instead. But I hope this recipe will make me appreciate the liqueur much better.

nutella mudslide

Nutella Mudslide

  • 1 Tbsp. Nutella (room temperature)
  • 2 oz. Heavy whipping cream
  • 2 oz. Bailey’s
  • 2 oz. Frangelico

Stir the Nutella into the whipping cream until well blended. Add the mixture to a shaker filled with ice along with the liqueurs, shaking well. Pour everything into a glass, and enjoy. If you need more chocolate, you may need an intervention ;)