Sunday, October 31, 2010

A New Project

The Coffee 365 finished and the prospect of a weekly tiki drink to photograph being unlikely I have come up with a new project. Not a daily photo, not necessarily even a weekly photo. There will be 7 photos in all.

We have in our bar several shakers. One of the Boston shakers is a Federal Glass with recipes written around it. I plan to make each of these cocktails following the proportions on the shaker. Then I will photograph the cocktail. Presumably I will then drink it, we'll see. This project should give me much more time to plan and set-up my shots when compared to the 365. I could have spent more time on the coffee photos but often I did not.

Stay tuned for photos and for this post to be populated with links. Who knows, it may turn out that I prefer these recipes over my current ones. I'm not so sure about the 2:1 Martini.....


Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Collection Begins?

I bought my first tiki mug. Discovered at Value Village. I need more than one for it to be a collection. My coffee maker collection was haphazard and unplanned and currently there is a moratorium, I think. If mugs continue to be found second hand at second hand prices I think this new collection is sustainable. I still haven't yet cleaned this enough to consider actually drinking out of it. Will I ever actually use it? Time will tell.
Carved Mug-Mom-Fort Lauderdale

In the meantime i need to figure out what I put in some rum punch back in June...

I'll tell you why later.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Long had I forgotten but recently remembered I once had a vinyl toy Menehune. I recall also a Menehune swizzle stick. What I can't recall is if the swizzle stick was part of the collection in a kitchen drawer from when I was a child or if it was somewhat more recent. What I really wonder is: Who went to Trader Vic's?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Booze Blogs

Lately I've been reading several blogs about spirits and cocktails. I mentioned this and included some links in my most recent post. I was thinking about throwing my hat in the ring and blogging about cocktails myself....then I started to realise just how many there are already. I don't think I have much to offer that isn't already being covered. Oh well, I'll just stick to the comments sections I suppose...

I made up a facetious quiz to see if I've got what it takes to booze blog. The post is still sitting in draft. It wasn't as funny as I thought it'd be.

It perhaps needs more time to develop. The main joke comes down to only a few questions on the quiz.

Do you have facial hair?

Yes, mostly out of laziness though. Rarely out of any sort of plan...

Do you wear Hawai'ian shirts?

Doesn't everyone?

Do you live in Pennsylvania?

No, but I do live close to Lake Erie and I am at the mercy of a government run liquor store...:-D

Why Pennsylvania? It seemed appropriate, until I started to realise the breadth of the booze blogs, now it isn't quite so funny. I also had a question about brimmed hats. There is an odd connection in the cocktail world with beards and fedoras. I don't pretend to understand it, I just know about it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Was Gonna

I was going to blog last night. Instead i read other peoples blogs. Let's see:
Pegu Blog; A Mountain Of Crushed Ice; Sloshed; Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Hmm, booze blogging seems like fun...

Of course I ultimately found these blogs because of these blogs. Do I want to be one too? We'll see.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Out Of 100

Reading through the Kaiser Penguin archives I came across this:

Copy this list into your blog, with instructions.
Bold all the drinks you’ve imbibed.
Cross out any items that you won’t touch.

Let's see how I do!

List of Drinks You Must Try Before You Expire

1. Manhattan Cocktail
2. Kopi Luwak (Weasle Coffee)
3. French / Swiss Absinthe
4. Rootbeer
5. Gin Martini
6. Sauternes
7. Whole Milk
8. Tequila (100% Agave)
9. XO Cognac
10. Espresso
11. Spring Water (directly from the spring)*
12. Gin & Tonic
13. Mead
14. Westvleteren 12 (Yellow Cap) Trappist Ale
15. Chateau d’Yquem
16. Budwieser
17. Maraschino Liqueur
18. Mojito
19. Orgeat
20. Grand Marnier
21. Mai Tai (original)
22. Ice Wine (Canadian)
23. Red Bull
24. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
25. Bubble Tea
26. Tokaj
27. Chicory
28. Islay Scotch
29. Pusser’s Navy Rum
30. Fernet Branca
31. Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
32. Bourbon
33. Australian Shiraz
34. Buckley’s Cough Syrup
35. Orange Bitters
36. Margarita (classic recipe)
37. Molasses & Milk
38. Chimay Blue
39. Wine of Pines
40. Green Tea
41. Daiginjo Sake
42. Chai Tea
43. Vodka (chilled, straight)
44. Coca-Cola
45. Zombie (Beachcomber recipe)
46. Barley Wine
47. Brewed Choclate (Xocolatl)
48. Pisco Sour
49. Lemonade
50. Speyside Single Malt
51. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee
52. Champagne (Vintage)
53. Rosé (French)
54. Bellini
55. Caipirinha
56. White Zinfandel (Blush)
57. Coconut Water
58. Cerveza
59. Cafe au Lait
60. Ice Tea
61. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
62. Vintage Port
63. Hot Chocolate
64. German Riesling
65. Pina Colada
66. El Docolate
64. German Rieslingorado 15 Year Rum
67. Chartreuse
68. Greek Wine
69. Negroni
70. Jägermeister
71. Chicha
72. Guiness
73. Rhum Agricole
74. Palm Wine
75. Soju
76. Ceylon Tea (High Grown)
77. Belgian Lambic
78. Mongolian Airag
79. Doogh, Lassi or Ayran
80. Sugarcane Juice**
81. Ramos Gin Fizz
82. Singapore Sling
83. Mint Julep
84. Old Fashioned
85. Perique
86. Jenever (Holland Gin)
87. Chocolate Milkshake
88. Traditional Italian Barolo
89. Pulque
90. Natural Sparkling Water
91. Cuban Rum
92. Asti Spumante
93. Irish Whiskey
94. Château Margaux
95. Two Buck Chuck
96. Screech
97. Akvavit
98. Rye Whisky***
99. German Weissbier
100. Daiquiri (classic)

I got 54. There are some drinks on this list that I intend to have, soonish. There are some I fear I will never have. There is only one I will not touch. In regards to it I agree with Mark Prince and we'll just leave it at that.

Now, on to the asterisks:

* I have drank glacier water while on a glacier. Does that count? ;) I imagine it's a similar experience and a vastly different experience all at once.

** The juice I enjoyed was created by my macerating sugarcane between my molars. I've decided this counts.

*** Not American Rye but Canadian Whisky. I realise this isn't really the same thing. The LCBO simple doesn't stock US Rye. Oh well....

There are some things I think I could add to this list. I won't bother making my own list though. I'll just adjust this one with substititions so that I can acheive 100!