Inspired by years of reading food and wine articles, to experience a many-course tasting menu like those offered at some of Manhattan’s famous restaurants such as Daniel or Jean-Georges has been an item on my must-do list for quite a while.
Working hard making several visits to Taco Caballito Tequileria to get through a significant portion of the tequila menu. Pour me.
Making Old Fashioned cocktails with three different bourbons turned into a Goldilocks and the Three Bears kind of story. First Goldilocks muddled two orange wedges and 2 maraschino cherries way too hard. Too fruity! Next Goldilocks used an orange slice and cherries as garnish with no muddling. Not fruity at all! Finally, Goldilocks muddled gently and the Old Fashioned turned out just right, the perfect balance of fruit, bitters, and bourbon.
The Hard Rock Café pays homage to Jimi Hendrix with a cocktail named Purple Haze. Wanting to make a home version, I looked up the recipe online only to discover there are drastically different drink recipes going by the name Purple Haze.
We’ve chosen the Capescrew and the Classic Cosmopolitan for tonight’s drink lab. The Capescrew is a mash up of a Screwdriver, made with vodka and orange juice, and a Cape Cod, made with vodka and cranberry juice. The Cosmo is classic cocktail made with vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and a splash of lime.
For Cranberry Juice and Rum Cocktail Lab, I’ve selected two drinks from Shane Carley’s The Home Bartender – Logan’s Rum and Caribbean Cranberry Twist.
In the movie Sideways, the lead character, Miles, exclaims “…if anyone orders Merlot, I’m leaving. I am NOT drinking any f***ing Merlot!” Why all the hatred for poor Merlot?
We’ve unintentionally formed a new habit with wine and small plates on Wednesday that’s both satisfying and reasonably healthy.
While my drinking buddy is snow-blowing the 16 inches of white stuff that was dumped on the northeast coast, I’m feeling hygge (Danish for coziness) inside. Alexa is playing my Amazon playlist as I scurry around the kitchen, readying bowls, pots, casserole dish, and the endless number of ingredients for Rachael Ray’s Two Sauce Baked Ziti.
Did you know that Bahama Mama was a real person? Dottie Lee Anderson was a calypso singer and dancer in the 1930s who went by the stage name Bahama Mama. It’s rumored that the cocktail is named for her.