Monday, April 19, 2010

Week of April 18, 2010

We're drinking some interesting drinks this week, but first, let me quickly tell you about the weekend.

I went to a wedding on Saturday.  It was a fun time, though, Saturday ended up being a really late evening.  The bride and groom were kind enough to have a fully open bar, which of course, makes for the best kind of wedding.

The food was pretty good, but not great.  Wedding food is never great.  If anyone works in the industry, can you explain why a wedding filet doesn't look or taste like any filet I've eaten outside of a wedding?  It's as though the meat has been pumped full of a salt-solution, so that it stays moist (Incidentally, my least favorite word in the English language?  Glad you asked.  "Moist."  Hate it.).  Wedding filets also look pre-seared.  I would love some inside information on what exactly goes into wedding food.  E-mail, or comment away.

Back to the open bar...I was looking for a way to make and drink a Fireman's Sour, as it sounded good, but it didn't appear as though the bar had powdered sugar, and I wasn't going to be that guy and ask for it.  If it weren't for the fact that it's obvious, I'd formulate a rule that said something along the lines of "don't make yourself the object of attention when making a drink."  With no Fireman's Sour, I turned to scotch.  Beautiful, beautiful scotch.  Each scotch was delicious, until Sunday morning, that is, when I woke up and felt as though I had been thrown in a washing machine on the spin cycle.  Ugh, I've felt better.

Barca, the Official Mascot of The Amateur Mixologist, was less than thrilled that I wouldn't throw the ball around with her, as a result of my hangover.

In the place of more scotch, this week we will be drinking 3 different concoctions...

Palmer - We're going to make it two ways - once with bourbon, and another time with rye whiskey.  You can easily find Palmer recipes that feature both bourbon and rye whiskey - it will be interesting to see which whiskey tastes better.  Battle royale, you ask?  More like, Battle Crown Royale!!  See what I did there?  Very clever.  In fact though, Crown is neither bourbon nor rye whiskey, and won't be featured in this cocktail.  It was a bit of a stretch, I'll grant you.

Pall Mall - Gin based, and entirely unrelated to the cigarette manufacturer of the same name.  

Duchess - This one's for the ladies!!  Actually, it's probably not well liked by the ladies, as it contains Pernod, the anise-flavored alcohol.  Should be an interesting cocktail, I have no idea how it will taste. 

As often happens on Mondays, I'll likely be checking back in with some quality drink links.

Enjoy the day my friends!

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Unknown on April 19, 2010 at 3:36 PM said...

You think you can throw up a picture of the cutest dog in the world to lure me in? Yes, indeed. Mission accomplished.

And, I will only drink your Pall Mall if it comes with a cigarette as a stir stick.

The Amateur Mixologist on April 20, 2010 at 10:48 AM said...

We can fashion a cigarette stir stick somehow, though the flavor of the drink may leave something to be desired :)

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