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December 2007

My Holiday Eggnog….

I love Christmastime. I love the lights, and the clear cold nights, and the way people are generally in a better mood. Most of all I love Eggnog. Every morning since mid november, I have been making myself an eggnog latte to take to work with me. Now normally I would just my some nog at the store, but I always have to thin it down to make it taste good in my latte. So I thought, why not make my own? So I did. This morning before I went out to do my errands for the day, I quickly shook up a great eggnog.

In a Shaker with 3 cubes ice:
1 whole egg
1 bar spoon sugar
1/4 oz simple syrup
1 oz dark rum ( only when not attempting to run machinery)
1 1/2 oz cream
3 1/2 oz milk
ground nutmeg to taste.

Shake up until your wee little arms cannot shake any longer, then shake for 1 minute more. Enjoy.

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Why didn’t I think of this…..

Beer burglar steals 450 kegs from Guinness brewery

In a daring and apparently unprecedented bit of crime, someone broke into the Guinness brewery in Dublin yesterday and stole 450 kegs of beer and stout. And the manhunt is on.

Ireland’s national police force, the Garda Siochana,
announced the nationwide manhunt earlier today. A lone man drove into
the brewery Wednesday and hitched a fully loaded beer trailer to his
truck, driving away with 180 kegs of Guinness stout, 180 kegs of
Budweiser and 90 kegs of Danish beer Carlsberg. Guinness brews the
latter two under license.

The kegs held the equivalent of 39,600 British pints and they had a
value of about $235,000, the police estimated. Diageo, the company that
owns Guinness, says it’s the biggest theft in the brewery’s 248-year history.

The historic brewery is a major tourist attraction. Here’s more information about the place.

taken from USA today
Beer burglar steals 450 kegs from Guinness brewery – On Deadline – USATODAY.com

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Just for nostalgia’s sake….

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The Whisky Sour….

I love a good whisky sour. I love sours in general. Now, I’m not talking about those sours that you get in a restaurant that are made with sour mix and soda, but the real thing. Usually I just whip up my sours with my base, some fresh squeezed lemon juice, and some simple syrup. But I recently watched an episode on the Small Screen Network, and Robert Hess talked about using egg whites in your sours. I had never heard of this before, but I tried it last night and it was excellent. Not much was added in the way of flavor, but a thick layer of foam to sip the drink through was wonderful. Sort of like a well made cappuccino.img_0027.gif

Engagements are fun

My sister in law just got engaged last month, and has recruited me to take some wedding pics, so I thought I would share some of my favorites from the engagement session.

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An intro to drinking….

It has been a little over a year since I bought my first bottle of liquor.  For some reason, unknown to even myself, alcohol was uninteresting to me.  I suppose it could be the lack of quality drinks that I had previously consumed.  Who actually likes a bunch of fruit flavored sugar water with 2 oz of vodka added?  Or it could be that I am not particularly fond of wines or beer.  Whatever the case, as of October 2006, I had never touched a single bottle of hard alcohol.

Then one evening my wife and I decided that we would have a cocktail party.  We made our own invites, bought glassware, handmade some amazing coasters, and went to the liquor store.  I jumped on to the amazing intrawebs, and found a couple of sites, that gave some hints for starting a home bar.  We printed out some recipe cards for our guests to assist them in making drinks.  It was a great party.  And so my love affair with cocktails came in to being.

I became intrigued that you could create such delicious concoctions using such ingredients.  The more I learned the more excited I got.  Simple Syrup? Who knew that you could use this in everything under the sun?!  Then I began to learn the truth.  Nobody really wants sour mix, pina colada mix, margarita mix, or any other mix for that matter.  And Blue Curacao?  I still have a bottle that hasn’t been touched since I unscrewed the lid for our first cocktail party.  The more I studied and researched the more I realized how much better my drinks could become.  I started buying bitters and hard to find ingredients over the internet.  I made my own lemoncello, lemon curd, grenadine, simple syrups, and other ingredients.  I would make special trips to different liquor stores to find things that I wanted.  (I once walked for 2 hours across Seattle while we were shopping down there, just to get a bottle of maraschino liqueur)

I found several websites with great info.  One particular site was Robert Hess’s Drinkboy.com website.  From there I embarked out to read many other cocktail blogs, bar menus, and the like.  I still have trouble with some spirits, whisky being the preeminent.  My palate just doesn’t want to warm up to it in most cases.  There are exceptions of course as one of my favorite evening drinks is the whisky sour.

So, off we go to celebrate the love of drink.  Good thing that Repeal Day is just around the corner.  I was needing a good excuse to try some new recipes and purchase some fine spirits.

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