Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Week of May 29, 2010

A bit of a late start here at The Amateur Mixologist this week.  I got back home around 11:15pm last night from the weekend's travel, and was in no shape for drinking. 

But, fear not - we'll be drinking two cocktails in this abbreviated week, one of which you'll be all-too familiar with, and the other, not so much.

First though, let's recap the weekend:

Dario Franchitti wins the Indianapolis 500.  I like him; I like his Scottish accent.  I hope he continues to win, so that we can listen to him talk.  And, Ashley Judd. 

Memorial Day.  To all our vets who have served, who currently serve, and those families that have made sacrifices in order that the rest of us be free - thank you.  We could raise our glasses in toast from here to eternity, and it wouldn't be enough. 

Photo blatently ripped from STL Post-Dispatch, all credit to their photographers.

Pujols hits 3 home runs in win over Cubs on Saturday.  He is good.

Stephen Strasburg debuts June 8, in a home game against the Pirates.  It's a little Inside Baseball to post this, I know, but Strasburg is likely to be one of the greats, provided he stays healthy and some calamity does not befall him. 

Soundtrack of the WeekFree Energy "Stuck on Nothing."  I was fortunate to see them at the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday night, and they were great.  The album is a bit 70's revival rock and roll, and fun to listen to.  The band is comprised of former members of Hocky Night, a solid indie-band.  Good summer music.  Also, on Saturday night, a band called Jukebox the Ghost opened.  I had never heard their music prior to that evening, and they too were great (incredibly talented piano/singer frontman). 

Book Selection of the Week:  Netherland, by Joseph O'Neill.  Basic plot:  Dutchman moves to the States to follow his wife, who got a job in Manhattan.  The marriage suffers, and the Dutchman meets a curious gentleman with a dream of bringing cricket to the United States.  It is a melancholy book, one of self-discovery.  It's good, and not particularly long - maybe 270 pages.  And, this is the second book I've read in the last month or so that has featured a bad marriage as a main plot driver ("Safe from the Neighbors" being the other).

So what are we drinking this week?

- Tomorrow:  Margarita.  Listen, it's summer, it's hot weather - you're going to need something to cool you off.  This is a classic cocktail, that when done right, can't be beat.

- Thursday:  Cucumber Cooler.  You're going to LOVE this one.  Suggested by our friends over at Would I Buy It Again, we're going to look into a cucumber cocktail.  And I'm telling you, this is a top drink.  Don't miss it.

Friday is another travel day - for my close friends Jeremy and Samantha are getting married in Detroit (Rock City) this Saturday.   Exciting days ahead...until then my friends, drink well, and drink often.  Cheers!
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