Booze

The Morning Mimosa

MimosaThe Mimosa is the perfect drink for brunch crowd, the morning after, or a reason to have an early drink. The best part? It’s so easy to make.

Grabe a flute, fill it halfway up with Champagne or sparkling wine, top with fresh squeezed orange juice and garnish. That’s it!

Except for the best part, drinking it! Cheers!

Shout out to Susan M.

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Monday Mixer – Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange MargaritaHere’s Monday’s Mixer for you. Perfect for poolside parties or just right for that intimate mixing for two.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup blood orange juice

2 tbsps lime juice (freshly squeezed)

3 tbsps triple sec or Cointreau.

2 – 3 shots of 1800 Silver Tequila. Use a blood orange slice for garnish. Powder with sugar to dress it up. Simple, sweet and delicious. I prefer just a dash more Cointreau.

Monday Mixer – Vodka Gimlet

vodka-gimlet

Summer is here and so is the heat and the Mondays come, once a week. So next Monday treat yourself to a classic, the Vodka Gimlet.

You’ll need:

1 1/2 oz. Vodka
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 tsp. Sugar, powdered

Shake ingredients well in a cocktail shaker with ice, strain into a Cocktail glass and garnish with a lime slice or for something a bit more fancy, peel a lime curl and float in the glass or drape from the edge of the glass in a spiral. Simple, refreshing and pleasing to the eye. Come back next Monday for another Mixer and feel free to add your own spin on this classic in the comment section.

Booze News

martiniI’ve added a collection of RSS feeds to bring some variety to the list of recipes you already have. You will notice them to your right as you scroll down the page. There is also a list of feeds for craft beers and Scotch to help you find something new to imbibe.

I thought it would be nice to collect recipes here as well. Found the perfect summer refresher? How about a new whisky that made it to your top ten list? Or a new craft beer that is now a must have in your fridge or cellar? Please feel free to share.

I’ll be reviewing a new craft beer every week beginning the first of the month. Until then, bottoms up!

What’s With All The Flavored Vodka?

Pop-Tarts-VodkaI just what to know what happened to honest BOOZE. Or for that matter, beer. A good martini doesn’t need any apple flavor in it, nor does a good beer need lemon or pomegranate.

I trip to a package store now resembles a trip to a children’s candy store or a bakery. Vodka comes in every flavor from apple to whipped cream. Whipped cream?

All that comes to mind is that people that don’t really like beer or booze feel the need to get drunk without tasting anything that resembles honest liquor. Which brings back memories of my youth in which girls wanted to drink but beer or whisky wouldn’t cut it. Cheap wine and even worse, watered down “screwdriver” flavored vodka or “coolers” were required.

For those of you rushing out the door to find the Pop-Tart® Vodka, stop, it was an April Fools’ Day prank. Make some BananaTinis instead…

Lagavulin Single Malt

lagavulinWell, the blog has “Pub” in its name so I thought the first post should be about booze, in particular, Lagavulin Single Malt 16. It’s an Islay, so the aroma comes in smokey and thick. Sweet and creamy and very mature. Malt, then PEAT and it’s a very powerful peat yet not overwhelming.

The peat and oak combine with the sweet sherry flavor that lingers on the tongue.

The finish is long, with that delicious smokey flavor and just the right amount of vanilla to make you want to pause before taking another drink. If you’re not a scotch drinker, the strong peat may be a turn off, but it defines an Islay. I definitely recommend it.

Lagavulin can be pricey so if you’re just getting into Scotch try a sample. You can find them for about $8.00 U.S. Give it a try and let me know what you think.