Mezcal is amazing. If you don’t think so, you’re wrong. It, like it’s less mature cousin Tequila, is made from agave. Unlike Tequila, it can be made from more than the Blue Agave. There are laws about this. Another reason to love it.
Mezcal gets its smoky-ness by finishing up underground. Trust me, it’s amazing.
Sip it. Or shoot it. As J would say “You do you.”
Oh my. This is like a second birthday. Or second Christmas. Or second some other wonderful holiday where I get gifts.
According to nearly every dictionary ever (possible exception for naughty ones), a liqueur is a sweet, strong, alcoholic beverage that one typically consumes after dinner. Well, not always after dinner. Liqueur isn't just for dinner anymore. Liqueurs are liquors (distilled spirits) that generally have added flavor from herbs, spices, creams, etc. So, Bailey's? Yes. Absinthe? Yes. St. Germain? Yes. Hopefully you get the point. There's entirely too many to list. There's also entirely too many for us to be able to say we are in any way knowledgeable about it.
Peanut Butter & Jelly
1 oz. Framboise (blackberry liqueur)
1 oz. Frangelico (hazelnut liqueur)
Does this look like a shot to you? Probably, but don't drink it like one. Sip and enjoy.
Oh my hell. How is it that July wasn't National Rum Month with all the rum drinks that are celebrated in it? Well, I guess we need to make the best of a good situation. More rum.
While most of us think of rum as being made from sugar cane juice, according to Amy Stewart in her book The Drunken Botanist, "most of what we know as rum comes from molasses, not cane juice..." She discusses the history of this delight as well as its crazy ties to the British Navy.
Unlike the other big categories of liquor, rum is actually a drink of the Americas (Stewart, 103) - originating in the Caribbean. Another reason to love the Caribbean.
Need ideas for a rum drink to enjoy on this day? Try one of the recipes below!
Professor's Pineapple Pop
Harry Potter Mojito
Jerry Loves Ginger (spiced rum)
Ginger Spiced Negroni (spiced rum)
Ginger Old Fashioned (spiced rum)
Yay for National Scotch Day! A day for all us whiskey drinkers to pretend we know what we are doing. Scotch comes from Scotland, which you would think is obvious. Scotch has a truly loyal and loving following and a history of amazingness. There are also strong opinions about how to properly drink it. As D and I have stressed several times, you do you. It's your palate. Please it.
Most scotch is consumed in the following ways:
My favorite scotch is Balvenie 12 Year Old Doublewood. It's not smoky, and it is nutty and spicy and warm and takes me to my happy place. *sigh
Tequila is such an amazing spirit with a colorful history. Make sure you are buying the good stuff. It needs to be 100% agave - don't be fooled by the other crap. You know that salt and lime shit people do with a shot of tequila? It's only to cover the taste of lower quality booze. Don't use salt and lime if you have a good quality tequila. Unless, of course, you just really like salt and lime. Then, use away. Weirdo.
Add a shot of quality tequila to a glass. Add a splash of water or an ice cube. Sip with dignity.
Basic Margarita (taken from The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart)
1 1/2 oz. good, 100% agave tequila
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. orange liqueur - Cointreau, Patron, etc.
dash of agave syrup
Garnish if you feel the need. D likes green olives in her margarita. You do you.
Put all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake it like you mean it. Strain it into a cocktail glass (with or without the salt rim, you decide) and sip it straight up. Fug yeah. Honestly, the best margaritas are the most simple. Skip the syrups and HFCS filled sweet and sours.
There are entirely too many "i's" in this drink name.
Another delightful rum drink said to have originated in Cuba is the classic daiquiri. It was also one of the favorites of the prolific drinker and writer Ernest Hemingway, so how can it be a bad thing? I have had a few of these lately because I am trying to perfect the balance of flavors for my taste. That's the great thing about mixing your own drinks; you are allowed to change them to fit your needs. Ernest did. You should too. Throw all kinds of crap in there until you find a drink you love.
*a classic daiquiri does not take a trip through your blender.
1 1/2 oz. high quality light/white/silver rum (This is the only spirit in here. Make it a good one.) We used Bacardi.
3/4 oz. lime juice (Most recipes stress fresh limes. Try if you can. If you can't, who cares? It's your drink.)
1/4 - 1/2 oz. simple syrup*
Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake that mofo. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass...or a mason jar...or a sippy cup - seriously, whatever works. Garnish with a lime wheel if you feel the need.
*making simple syrup is easy. Use equal parts sugar and water (how much depends on how much you need) in a saucepan. While stirring, bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is dissolved. Cool completely before use. Use within a week usually. Or you can bypass any real work for yourself and buy some.
If you have never tried Grand Marnier, now is the day to do it!
Grand Marnier is a blend of cognac (snooty brandy, yum) and orange liqueur made from Caribbean oranges. It is a complex delight that can be consumed in several different ways.
Neat – pour some of this elixir into a glass and sip to your heart’s content
Margarita – use as the orange liqueur in a margarita for a more complex flavor
Make a Perfect Storm (recipe by Grand Marnier)
1 ½ oz. Grand Marnier
½ oz. fresh lime juice
3 drops bitters
3 oz. ginger beer
Shake Grand Marnier, lime juice, and bitters with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Add the ginger beer and Voila! A Perfect Storm.
So many rum drinks in July! We'd have to admit that the mojito would be our favorite of our choices. National Mojito Day is a perfect opportunity to taste a bit of the beauty that is the Caribbean and to watch the hijinks of making one here.
2 oz. white rum - we used Bacardi
8-10 mint leaves - mint is amazing, go for 10
2 tbsp. sugar
1/2 a lime cut into quarters
club soda to top - we used Q because it's awesome
In a Collins glass, muddle the mint leaves, sugar, and limes in the bottom of the glass until the sugar is nearly dissolved. Fill glass with ice to your liking - 2/3 or all the way - it's up to you. Add the rum and top with club soda. Garnish if you wanna. Suck them bits up through a straw and dream of beaches and palm trees.