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December 9, 2004

Holiday Booze

Holiday drinks sure to make you jolly!

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~Eggnog

A drink make from eggs beaten with milk, cream, and sugar, often spiked with rum or other alcoholic liquor, and sometimes seasoned with cinnamon; usually spelled eggnog. It is a traditional drink served at social gatherings during the Christmas season.

~Tom and Jerry

A hot drink consisting of rum or another liquor, a beaten egg, milk or water, sugar, and spices. The drink is named after Corinthian Tom and Jerry Hawthorn, characters in Life in London, or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and his elegant friend Corinthian Tom by Pierce Egan. Egan was a noted chronicler of London low life of the Regency Period when the rich young bucks of London like Tom and Jerry were notorious for mischief in the streets, breaking windows, and assaulting passers-by. A Tom and Jerry shop was a low beer hall in the 19th century, a name derived both from Egan's work and from the older name Jerry shop that predated Egan.

The verb to Tom and Jerry means "to engage in riotous behavior".

Posted by bloc0103 at 2:51 PM

December 7, 2004

Boilermaker

A boilermaker is a cocktail consisting of a shot of whiskey and a glass of beer
The whiskey and beer are both typically, though not necessarily, of American production, with an inexpensive bourbon or a Tennessee Whiskey favored for the shot, and a mass-market American Pilsner (Miller, Budweiser, etc.) for the beer. Traditionally, the shot and the beer are served separately, although they may also be mixed beforehand by the preparer. There are at least three techniques for consuming a boilermaker. First, the whiskey may be drunk at a go and chased immediately by the beer. Second, the two may be mixed by pouring the shot into the beer--stirring is at the discretion of the drinker. Last, the shot glass may be dropped into the beer just before drinking--this technique appears to be a comparatively recent innovation, and is also refered to as a depth charge in some circles. (The name Depth Charge is also occasionally applied to other concoctions that involve dropping a shot glass into a larger drink, as well as a number of more ordinary mixed drinks.) The experimenter is warned that the shot glass can pose a considerable danger to the front teeth. Bartending guides differ on the preferred technique, but all agree that speed is the essence of this drink: one aims to drink a boilermaker quickly, and get drunk just as quickly

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Posted by bloc0103 at 3:36 PM

The Good and the Bad

Designated driving and those annoying drunks.

Well folks, I've done it again. Being a designated driver is a great thing. You stop you friends from driving home drunk, they arrive safe, and more importantly you arrive safe. Again, being a designated driver is a good thing. That is the good section, now to the bad. There is nothing worse than being the only sober person among those inebriated friends of yours. It is amazing to see how dumb people act when they are drunk and the stupid things they say. Most recently, I was hosting a party and I chose to remain alcohol free for the evening. It wasn't a mistake, but how annoying. The best way to get through an evening like that seems to be described as the old saying "when in Rome, do as the Romans do." (Not the drinking, but having the fun). That’s all I have for the Good and the Bad this week. Stay tuned for more adventures and comment if you wish.

Posted by bloc0103 at 3:24 PM

Quote of the Week

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. "
~Frank Sinatra


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Posted by bloc0103 at 3:20 PM

December 2, 2004

Manhattan

A manhattan was introduced to me my girlfriend'd dad and it is a dinner time winner. Mine are made preferably with VO whiskey, sweet vermouth, and a ton of bitters. Be careful with these drinks, they can be made quite strong.

A Manhattan is made with rye whiskey or bourbon, sweet vermouth (proportions vary from a "sweet" 1:1 to a "dry" 4:1), and a dash of bitters. The cocktail version is stirred with ice and strained into a cocktail glass, garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem. Unless specifically requested, the Bitters is omitted at many bars. Sometimes juice from the cherry jar is added to the cocktail to add sweetness and color.
A popular myth suggests that the drink originated at the Manhattan Club in New York City, where it was invented at a banquet hosted by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston's mother) in honor of presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden. Enjoyable as the tale might be, research has debunked it.
The Wisconsinites out there traditionally make them with Christian Brothers brandy rather than bourbon. Therefore, it is crucial to specify your preferred spirit when traveling in these areas to avoid disappointment.

Variations on the Manhattan

· A Rob Roy is a cocktail with a certain structural similarity to a Manhattan and
also to the ubiquitous Martini. The Manhattan is made with bourbon whiskey
and sweet vermouth, while the Rob Roy is made with Scotch whisky and sweet
vermouth. as its principal ingredient.
· A Perfect Manhattan is made with equal parts sweet and dry vermouth.
· A Cuban Manhattan is a Perfect Manhattan with dark rum as its principal
ingredient.
· A popular Florida option consists of a lime instead of the cherry, bitters , and
dry vermouth.

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Posted by bloc0103 at 2:55 PM