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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 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 ;)

Apr 8

Booze of the Week

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

Yes, read the title again. I’ll wait.

Done? That’s right. Not a girlie drink today. Today it’s straight BOOZE!!!

This weeks offering is a bit….dark.

lagavulin

I’m not much of a whisky drinker. But I love Lagavulin. It has a very strong, peaty aroma (coming from Islay, it’s a requirement), and a beautiful smoky flavor that touches with a bit of sweetness. Unlike most liquor that feels like I’m drinking gasoline on fire, this feels like just plain fire, without the acridness, which leaves a dry, lingering finish. Lagavulin makes a 12 year as well, but trust me when I say the 16 year is worth it. I would love to try the Distiller’s Edition since that whisky is matured in sherry casks, which give the liquor a sweeter flavor.

But that will have to wait until well after Easter. ;)

Dec 13

‘Tis the Season

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Friday, December 13, 2013 in Funny Pics, holiday, Open Thread, Shopping, Teh Funny

I want to give up. I can’t, but I want to.

Hubby is a very, very difficult person for whom to shop. He still has gifts I gave to him for Christmas and birthday in boxes, some still in the wrapping. It doesn’t matter if the gift is work-oriented, hobby-oriented, or just for fun. Most of the time they just molder away, until I find a use for them.

I have yet to figure out where to place the tabletop Zen garden he got three years ago.

absolut crap lol

I understand that some people have everything they could need or want within reason, and that makes things difficult. I also get that some people are so reserved that no one ever knows what to get them. Which leads me to ask: what is the worst gift you have ever given and/ or received?

And fruitcake doesn’t count :D

Apr 9

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in BOOZE!!, Social

That’s right: GDOTW IS BACK!!!

And there’s nothing you can do about it.

I have a confession to make. I’m a muddler. I love to muddle things. That’s why I have an affinity for Caipirinha. You get to muddle fresh lime wedges and release that wonderful fresh taste into your booze. Anyway, as I was wishing I had some limes last night to make myself a drink, I started to wonder if there weren’t any other drinks that used fresh fruit pulp, aside from the ever-popular Sangria. And I am happy to report that I found the perfect recipe to enjoy in the coming summer months.

Well, it’s summer here in Texas already, but some of y’all will have to wait.

redhead in bed drink

Redhead in Bed

  • 3 lbs. strawberries, hulled and chopped (or use thawed berries)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. citrus vodka
  • 1/4 fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup riesling

In a bowl, toss the strawberries with the sugar and let stand, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries release their juices, about 10 minutes. The liquid will look syrupy. Now, muddle the strawberries using a wooden spoon or whatever you have handy, then add the juice, vodka, and riesling and mix well. Pour into a pitcher and serve over ice. Serves ten.

And always remember, vodka is a hobby ;)

Feb 19

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 in Awesomeness, Randomness

Well, it’s Lent, so I’m not imbibing. That usually means I don’t have a Girlie Drink. But since I forgot to let ArmedGeek know, I shall feature what I have been drinking.

coffeepot drinker

Ever since I got the Keurig from Hubby, it has been that bad. Except no coffeepot is actually involved. Nor fang-like nails. But the ease in which one can acquire a cup of coffee is directly proportional to the amount one consumes in a day.

Anyway, how do y’all take your coffee?

Jan 4

Hazy Shade of Winter

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Funny Pics, Open Thread, Weather

The prognosticators prognosticated sleet and ice and snow for my area today.

As usual, they were wrong.

Remind me to send them a Thank You card.

groundhog lol

Seriously, Punxsutawney Phil Sowerby has a better track record than most weather peeps.

So, today I shall be doing chores at home, and trying to stay warm while the prognosticated temperature reaches its zenith. Basically what I am trying to say is, I have run out of excuses and must now clean house.

And how will you be spending this inglorious bastardly day?? :D

Oct 30

Girlie Drink of the Week

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 in BOOZE!!, holiday

First up is Hurricane Sandy, and I have been sending prayers up to my East Coast friends. Next, we have Halloween, and my girls just informed me this past weekend what they wish me to do for their costumes. After that, we have Día de los Muertos which coincides with All Saints Day, which means I have a cake to make for the feast of All Saints and prepare a few gifts for friends to take to their loved ones’ graves. Though I don’t observe Day of the Dead, I help my friends with decorations. Oh, and lest I forget, after that it’s All Souls Day, which means going to Mass and praying for those departed as well and honoring their resting place.

By the time those three days are over, I will feel like one of these.

Zombie

  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. light rum
  • 1 oz. dark rum
  • ½ oz. apricot brandy
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ½ oz. Bacardi 151, or other strong rum

Pour all ingredients except the Bacardi 151 into a shaker with ice. Shake well, and pour into an old fashioned glass with ice. Pour the Bacardi 151 to float on top, and garnish with orange slice, mint and cherry.

Too bad I can’t hand these out during Trick-or-Treating ;)

Sep 7

The Post Bucket List: Very Bad Things Edition

Posted by LC Aggie Sith on Friday, September 7, 2012 in Open Thread, Teh Funny

Well, here’s the flip side to the Open Thread from two weeks back.

Personally, I don’t think any of you will ever be afforded this opportunity, but in the miniscule chance I may be a teeny, tiny bit wrong…

Who are the three people you wouldn’t piss on in Hell?? And yes, I did mean “wouldn’t”. Because if you DID piss on them, you would be doing them a favor now, right??

Have fun ;)