I consider myself a novice mixologist. Of course, by Ã¢â‚¬Å“noviceÃ¢â‚¬Â, I mean Ã¢â‚¬Å“terribleÃ¢â‚¬Â, and by Ã¢â‚¬Å“mixologistÃ¢â‚¬Â, I mean Ã¢â‚¬Å“person to make your next drinkÃ¢â‚¬Â. This is because of my sense of adventure and complete disregard for recipes. For all the bad, hurtful things you can say about my creations, though, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never made one I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t finish myself. So for your reading pleasure, here are seven of my worst: 1. Beer Ã¢â‚¬Ëœn Wine Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Great as a corner store. Terrible as a drink. And just in case youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re giving me the benefit of the doubt, you shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t. This was no Black Velvet (A take on the Black and Tan that replaces the pale ale with champagne). WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking one part light beer, one part red wine, two parts grossest vom IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever had. 2. Whiskey Monster Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Ooh! This sounds like a fun drink, or at least creatively named! A… Read More »
You know that scene that seems to show up in every cop movie or TV show where the cops approach the old cellmate of their main suspect? The guy is always still in jail and the suspect apparently shared a vital piece of information to the cops’ case with him. The cellmate asks for a reduced sentence, which is denied, then he asks for – say it with me – a transfer. It seems like every prison out there is the worst one and every other prison is better than the one in which the old cellmate currently resides. Anyway, they make the deal, transfer the prisoner then find out that he lied but, now it’s too late and the cops are powerless to do anything about it. They are frustrated but they move on. I’ve often wondered if I were in the same position – the prisoner’s, not the… Read More »
If you were going to have Hillary over for drinks what would you serve? If you wanted to buy Ruddy a drink in a bar what would it be? The Boozin’ Blog is here to help.
BoozinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Gear is always looking for more branded clothes for you to add to your collection. Recently PatrÃƒÂ³n Tequila gear joined the list of brands available. As welcome to the new addition I offer the following tequila drink recipes Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all perfect for these hot summer days. First, naturally, is the margarita: YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll need: Tequila Triple sec Sour or Margarita mix Ice cubes Lemon and/or lime Salt To make it youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll need to: Pour 1 Ã‚Â½ oz tequila, Ã‚Â½ oz triple sec, 3 oz of the mix into a shaker with a cup of ice cubes. Reserve a wedge of the citrus for garnish and squeeze the rest into the shaker. Shake well. Salt the rim of your margarita glass, pour in the margarita and ice, garnish and serve. For a frozen margarita assemble the same ingredients in a blender and blend. Some variations on the traditional margarita include frozen… Read More »
Something needs to be done. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a real problem looming on the horizon and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not sure that we have done enough to properly prepare ourselves for it. Al Gore and environmental activists have finally, after years of persistence, convinced the world that global climate change is an issue that must be dealt with. As a result more hybrid cars are being sold than ever before, alternative energy sources like wind and solar are gaining more and more prominence. And alternative fuel sources to oil are being produced in greater quantities than ever before. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s causing the problem. Corn is a popular choice as a bio-fuel alternative to oil. But there are only so many farmers in the world and they havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t been sitting idle all of these years just waiting for a bio-fuel revolution. TheyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been growing other crops but with demand for corn rising and driving up… Read More »
Taking the idea of extreme beer to the logical next step some craft brewers here in the US are trying their hands at distilling.Ã‚Â Even though alcohol and tax laws seem to have been written, at least in part, to make brewing and distilling mutually exclusive endevours, these brewers are willing to wade through the paperwork to see if they can make booze as well they can brew beer. You might think that I’m refering to Sam Adams’s Utopia but this brew remains all beer, that is to say, no distilling is used to bring it to the astronomical ABV of 25.6%.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â Typically, the yeast that creates acohol dies off somewhere between 14 and 18% roughly.Ã‚Â It was only through the most careful monitoring of fermentation, use of a very high gravity (meaning, lots of sugar for the yeast to feast upon), and two proprietary yeast strains that the brewers… Read More »
And I didn’t even know it was on the market! It seems that Skyy Spirits has bought a controlling share of Sammy Haggar’s iconic top-shelf tequila brand. Sammy kept twenty percent for himself and hopes that this deal will help improve distribution of Cabo so more people can have “a shot at the best tequila on the planet.” It doesn’t look like the Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas is affected by the deal. Love it or hate it, it’s impossible to ignore the impact that Cabo Wabo has had on the tequila market. Haggar managed to make being snooty about tequila cool. Personally, I’ve never tried Cabo. I’m a big fan of 100% agave tequila and can’t say for sure why I’ve never picked up a bottle. The wildly mixed reviews are probably a result of it being Haggar’s tequila. Haggar fans and inexperienced drinkers who might never… Read More »
Have you ever noticed that the fickle designation of Ã¢â‚¬Å“hipÃ¢â‚¬Â never seems to slip from tequila? In the world of booze different types of alcohol rise and fall on the cool-o-meter. Gin, once the hippest drink around, is now as stodgy as shuffle-board. It is so out of fashioned that when martinis enjoyed a revival a few years ago it was only if they were made with vodka instead of gin. And the same cyclical truth applies the currently chicer-than-thou vodka as well as cognac, scotch, bourbon, etc. But tequila remains perpetually cool. Why is that? Well itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hard to say. It could be the ritual of salt, shot, lime – three simple steps that are easy to remember no matter how many times you repeat them. But tequila may have finally met its match. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s becoming ultra chic, something that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s never really been before. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always been cheap… Read More »