Friday, July 29, 2011

It’s Friday! Aurora Borealis, Salty Puppy, Buttafuoco, it’s all in the name! Happy Friday!

George IV statue at Trafalgar Square London, UK

I wanted to do a post  about different types of cocktails and not a single main ingredient.  I thought that cocktails with fun names would enhance our drinking experience, it would definitely give us something to talk about while serving !.

Let's start with a cocktail which has an interesting story along with an interesting name.....
Mrs. Fitzherbert
Mrs. Fitzherbert was secretly married Prince of Wales, later George IV (b1762- 1830). Because she was a commoner, a widow (twice), six years his elder, a Catholic and  his father George III had not blessed the union, the prince was forced to divorce her and marry a wealthy Protestant princess instead ( Caroline of Brunswick, turned out to be a very unhappy union). For all of  the complications and pain Miss Fitzherbert endured, this cocktail by contrast is a very simple.

1 measure White Port

1 measure cherry brandy

Pour the white port and cherry brandy over ice cubes in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


2 measure white tequila

½ measure Galliano

½ measure cherry brandy

½ measure lemon juice

Cracked ice

Club soda

Cocktail cherry

Shake the tequila, Galliano, cherry brandy and lemon juice vigorously over the ice cubes until well frosted. Half fill a highball glass with cracked ice and strain the cocktail over it. Fill with the club soda and dress with the cocktail cherry.

Salty Puppy (no alcohol)

Granulated sugar

Coarse salt

Wedge of lime

Cracked ice

½ measure lime juice

Grapefruit juice

Mix equal amounts of the sugar and salt together on a saucer. Rub the rim of a chilled highball glass with a wedge of lime and dip it into the sugar and salt mixture to frost it. Fill the glass with cracked ice and add the lime juice. Fill with grapefruit juice

Slow Comfortable Screw

2 measures slow gin

Orange juice (only fresh squeezed)

Orange slice

Shake the sloe gin and orange juice with the cracked ice until well frosted and pour into a chilled highball glass. Decorate with a slice of orange.


Cracked ice

2 measures white tequila

Ginger ale

Lime or lemon slice

Half fill a chilled highball glass with cracked ice. Add the tequila and fill with ginger ale. Stir gently and dress with a slice of lime or lemon.

Old Havana
Courtesy istockphotos.

Amigos Pina Colada- the difference is the dark rum and cream

Serves 4

10 to 12 ice cubes, crushed

1 cup rum

11/4 cups pineapple juice

5 measures coconut cream

2 measures dark rum

2 measures light cream

Pineapple wedges

Cocktail cherries

Mix the crushed ice in a blender with the run, pineapple juice, coconut cream, dark rum and cream. Blend until smooth. Pour without straining into chilled lowball of hurricane glasses and decorate with pineapple wedges and cherries.

Mule’s Hind Leg

½ measure apricot brandy

½ measure applejack

½ measure Benedictine

½ measure gin

½ measure maple syrup

Vigorously shake the apricot brandy, applejack, Benedictine, gin and maple syrup over ice cubes until well frosted. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Harvey Wallbanger

3 measures vodka

8 measures orange juice

2 teaspoons Galliano


Orange slice

Half fill a highball glass with ice cubes, pour the vodka and orange over the ice and float the Galliano on top. Garnish with the cherry and slice of orange. For a warming variant, mix a splash of ginger wine with the vodka and orange.

Cordless Screwdriver

2 measures vodka chilled

Orange wedge

Superfine sugar

Pour the chilled vodka into a shot glass. Dip a wedge of orange into the superfine sugar. Down the vodka in one gulp and suck on the orange.

Tiger by the Tail

2 measures Pernod

4 measures orange juice

¼ teaspoon triple sec

Crushed ice

Twist of lime peel

Blend the Pernod, orange juice and triple sec with the crushed ice until smooth. Pour into a chilled wine glass and dress with the twist of lime peel.

Adam “N” Eve…. The base is sharp and stringent; the top is sweet and frothy, brilliant but super strong.

2 measures triple sec

1 measure vodka

1 measure grapefruit juice

1 measure cranberry juice

5-6 cubes pineapple

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

2 tablespoons crushed ice

Strawberry slice

Shake the triple sec, vodka, grapefruit juice and cranberry juice over ice cubes until well frosted and strain the mixture into a chilled highball glass. In a blender, mix the pineapple with the sugar and the crushed ice until you have a frothy slush. Float this gently on top of the cocktail and dress it with slice of strawberry.

Adam and Eve a scene from the Bible. Engraving from 1870 by Gustave Dore
Courtesy of Istockphotos.

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

Please remember to drink responsibly!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Back to School - A Must Have for all of the things they lose- Mabel's Labels

There was a mini battle raging between my home and summer camp at school this year.  I was fighting to keep up with the amount of items that left the house for school and I never saw them again. My daughter lost a her swim bag, and she is currently missing one side of a pair of sandals and the list goes on...
 I would like to approach this fall season with a keep everything you have attitude,  especially since she will be in uniform, but doing multiple activities at school,  for another next year before she starts Kindergarten.
A friend and fellow mom at school suggested  Canadian based Mabel's Labels and we Will be much more organized the new school year, I promise!

One thing  I love about  Mabel's Label's is that it was created by a team of moms who were frustrated with as they say" amount of stuff that left our homes never to return" . After much research and testing Mabel's Label's was born. 

The labels are dishwasher, microwave and laundry safe and they can be customized with names and icons.

They have labels


My favorites are the shoes labels, and the dog chins are especially helpful for children with multiple activities during a single week.  Lose no more!

You can choose your color, icons and personalize as much as you would like.

Try the Ultimate back to school pack, you will not be sorry, I am already out of shoe stickers.....

The site language is also available in French.  They also fund raise with schools, sign your school up!

I hope that all of our children have a wonderful, happy and safe return to school!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Update July 22 nd, 2011 NOW AVAILABLE IN BLACK! J Crew Does it Again- The Spring Must Have ! MacAlister Boots for Women

MacAlister wedge boots

Major Fashion Fall Alert!  The Mc Alister Boot is now available in Beautiful Black with the tan heel. Please note this color is only available in STORES. Check it out, in stores, it is absolutely gorgeous!
Also available in Brown via the catalog.

I saw it in the catalog a few weeks ago and I felt my pulse race slightly. This is a classic FashionMom item. The heel was not super high and I love wedges, I could wear this with skinny jeans
Calvin Klein Collection Fall 2011 Ready-to-Wear
Image from

Perfect silhouette for these boots(above)- Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein Fall 2011

 or cargosBanana Repub Cargos, slacks or the new wide leg jeans Wide Leg Jeans  or pants. I can also wear it with a flared skirt, skinny skirt or shorts with tights.
This is an everything shoe. And, it was available in gray,  a color which would match with my black and navy clothes. Gray...I dreamed about these shoes for a few days but it was back to reality. They are $198.00, that was not in my budget, family and food first.
Then, I visited the local mall a few days ago and stopped in the J Crew store and I saw them, in the color of the moment, nude. They were divine, creamy, tan heel, beautiful. And they were causing a fuss in the store. I knew it, they were hot! A young lady came into the store went straight for them and asked for her size. She tried them on and within five minutes was at the register. Done!
The desert boot especially in nude is the super trend right now, any mall, any men's store window, the mannequins are wearing some type of desert boot, Clarks, MacAlister type boot in almost every window. The men's version of course is flat.
Where was FashionMom? Well, I could not resist it, I asked if I could try them on, here we go, pulse is racing again,  the seduction is on, the fix is in, salespeople are hovering giving advice. The shoes came out, he told me to sit in the comfortable chair. I put them on, I have fine ankles so these types of shoes are not always a good style for me, but these were perfect. They molded to my ankles, they fit like a glove and they were  in a word, beautiful.
I tried to find a reason not to buy them, other than the price, I found the perfect excuse! They did not have it in gray in the store and I realized that this nude color was going to be on the feet of many women, I knew that gray would set me apart.
MacAlister wedge boots
The manager would not be detered by my whining about lack of gray,  he rushes to the red phone and calls, returns to tell me that they have it in my size and that it can be shipped to me no shipping charges.
I knew I had to leave, I know that all of you have been in this situation before, the high pressure was on and I could not afford it. I could whip out the plastic and it would all be over. Oh no, that would not be good folks! Control, calm down, control....
I told him I needed to go home and look at the gray on line since he had confessed that he liked the tan better than gray. He pushed a bit more, but you can return it he said, I pushed back I need to see them and with that I walked out and escaped.
That was close, I came home looked at them again and looked at the price.
Valentine's Day just went by, my birthday is in September, Mother's Day they will be sold out.
There is always E Bay, but ladies this is the shoe to have, it is simply georgeous. If you can afford it, get it today, it will be gone very soon!!

Just a bit of History......

This type of crepe soled desert similar to a  Chukka boot was made famous by British officiers in World War 2. Chukka boots were worn by British officiers during the Western Desert Campaign. They were popular in the late 1940's and 1950's as casual wear. They were usually made in calfskin or suede.
Desert Boots are different they are looser at the ankle than Chukka's and have a crepe sole.
Clarks are the most famous makers of the classic desert boot. They made the boots for the British Infantry in Egypt during the second world war.
The soldiers needed a boot that kept their feet cool while traipsing through the hot desert sand. They also needed a boot that was lightweight and able to hold up on the brutal sandy terrain. They enlisted the help of merchants from the Bazaar in Cairo to create a boot that met those needs. The Desert Boots were made to resemble these boots and the design has remained untouched since then.
They are truly timeless classics now interpeted by J Crew for women.
Love the concept and the boot.


It’s Friday! Konbanwa! Sake Time!

Sake Glasses

Happy Friday!
The superb win by Japanese team in the finals of the  Women’s World Cup Soccer tournament  in Germany give a much needed positive boost to the people of Japan and Japanese all over the world.  I would like to dedicate this post to the ladies of the soccer team and the people of Japan.

Please note: Konbanwa means hello in Japanese in the evening. Hopefully these drinks are reserved for that time of the day.

Toyko Bloody Mary

½ cup tomato juice

2 fl oz sake

1 tsp mirin

½ tsp wasabi paste

Dash of Japanese soy sauce

Ice Cubes and celery stick to serve.

Put the tomato juice, sake, mirin, wasabi paste and say sauce in a tall glass over ice. Stir until all the ingredients are combined. Or, shake together in a cocktail shaker, and then pour into the glass over the ice. Serve with a celery stick as a stirrer.


Dash of dry vermouth

3 oz chili – infused sake

Anchovy stuffed olive to garnish

Wash ice with vermouth and strain thoroughly. Add sake, gently stir and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with anchovy stuffed olive.

Kyoto Protocol

½ kiwi fruit

1/3 small cucumber

½ oz lime juice

1 oz unfiltered apple juice

½ oz sake

1 oz white rum

½ oz crème de pomme verte

2 tsp kiwi syrup

Muddle kiwi and cucumber. Add juices, then alcohol. Add ice, shake and double – strain into a martini glass.

Geisha Fizz

2 lychees

2 tsp lemon juice

½ oz sake

4 oz Champagne

½ oz crème de gingembre

Kaffir line leaf to garnish

Muddle lychees and lemon juice. Combine all ingredients with ice in a shaker. Shake and strain into a flute. Garnish with a broken kaffir lime leaf.


Lychee Martini

1 oz sherry

5 oz cachaca

½ oz sake

1 oz lychee syrup

1tsp elderflower cordial

Stalk of lemongrass to garnish

Shake and strain all ingredients into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemongrass stalk.

Toyko Coffee

1 fl oz Sake

1tsp soft brown sugar

4 fl oz hot strong black coffee

About 2 fl oz chilled heavy cream

Warm a goblet or cocktail glass. Add the whiskey and sugar and pour in the hot coffee, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Slowly pour the cream over the back of the spoon into the glass and allow it to stand for a few minutes to give the cream time to float on the surface before serving.

Ginger Chan

11/2 oz ginger infused sake

Juice of ½ lime

1 oz apple juice

6 mint leaves

Splash of ginger ale

Shake sake, juices and mint, then pour into a highball glass full of ice. Top with ginger ale

J- Pear

3 slices ginger

3 slices Asian pear

11/2 oz sake

½ oz feijoa vodka

11/2 oz pear liqueur

2 tsp honey

½ oz unfiltered apple juice

Slice of Asian pear to garnish

Muddle ginger and Asian pear

Combine with other ingredients, shake and double strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of Asian pear.

42 Flying Mules

½ lime

6 torn mint leaves

½ large Thai chili

1 oz sake

1 oz vodka

2 tsp lemon juice

Splash of ginger ale

Spring of mint to garnish

In a shaker, muddle lime, mint and chili. Add sake, vodka, lemon juice and ice, then shake. Pour into a highball glass and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a fresh mint sprig.

Hello on the phone - Moshi, Moshi

Hello in the morning- Chaijo

Hello in the middle of the day- Gonzaimasu

Hello in the afternoon- Konichiwa

Hello in the evening and at least- Konbanwa.


  Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

It’s Friday! The Hurricane, Mint Julep and Milk Punch. It’s Time for Southern Cocktails!

Mint Julep

Cocktail hour has always been a treasured tradition of  Southern culture. The long relentlessly hot days of summer led to a  summer ritual which included a cool, relaxing way to wind down with family and friends.

We have some old favorites as well as some new ones and all easy to make. Happy Summer!

The Hurricane…. Preferably served by the waiters at New Orleans Pat O “Brien’s.

11/2 cups pineapple Juice

11/4 cups fresh squeezed orange juice.

1 cup filtered (not cloudy) pomegranate juice

½ cup grenadine

½ cup simple syrup

½ cup fresh squeezed lime or lemon juice, plus more to taste

11/4 ounces light rum

11/2 ounces dark rum

2 ounces triple sec

Orange and lemon slices, maraschino cherries with stems.

Combine all ingredients except for the garnishes in a large pitcher and stir well. Serve in 16 ounce glasses over lots of cubed ice, adorned with the trip of garnishes.

New Orleans, LA

Milk Punch….de rigueur for any daytime soiree in the South.

3 quarts half and half

1 bottle bourbon or brandy

¼ cup pure Mexican vanilla or vanilla extract

2 cups powdered sugar

Grated nutmeg

Combine all ingredients except the nutmeg in a gallon size container. Cover and freeze until the mixture is slightly frozen.

Use an ice pick to make the mixture slightly slushy. Pour into a punch bowl or chilled pitcher. Add more powdered sugar, if desired. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Pour into a small cocktail glasses or wine goblets (not over ice). Garnish each drink with an additional pinch of nutmeg.

Classic Mint Julep….meant to the sipped from crushed ice, never cubed

6 or 7 fresh mint leaves

1 tablespoon simple syrup

2 ounces bourbon

Mint sprigs

Combine the mint leaves, syrup and bourbon in a silver julep cup or cocktail glass. Using a bar spoon; crush the mint to release the essence into the liquid. Fill the cup with crushed ice. Gently press the spoon into the ice, shaking it to incorporate the bourbon syrup mixture. Add the garnish.



Creole Bloody Mary… adapted from the popular drink at the Under the Hill Saloon in Natchez Mississippi a 200 year old establishment.

6 cups tomato juice

2 cups vodka

¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 tablespoons prepared horseradish

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon hot sauce

1 tablespoon creole seasoning

1 freshly ground black pepper

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Garnishes: pickled okra pod, long green bean, or carrot stick

Add all ingredients except the garnish to a pitcher. Stir well, and chill until needed. Pour the mixture into the 8 wide mouth glasses filled with ice. Sprinkle with extra creole seasoning, and garnish as desired.

Bloody Mary


See Through Sangria………beautiful white sangria for relief on a hot day.

1 bottle dry white wine

¼ cup orange liqueur

¼ cup sugar

1 unpeeled lime, thinly sliced

1 unpeeled lemon thinly sliced

1 unpeeled small orange, thinly sliced

11/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

11/2 cups halved green grapes

2 cups chilled sparkling water or club soda or more to taste

Combine the wine, liqueur, sugar and fruit in a large pitcher and refrigerate overnight. Pour the cocktail glasses filled with ice and top off with club soda. For the garnish, slice the strawberries partway. From the bottom up, and place one on the rim of each cocktail glass or wine goblet.

Sloe Gin Rickey….darling of socialites since the 1880s.

1 cup sloe gin

2 ounces fresh squeezed lemon juice

11/2 cups simple syrup

21/2 cups sparkling water

6 dashes crème de cassis

Mint sprigs and lemon wheels

Combine the sloe gin, lemon juice, syrup and sparkling water in a pitcher and add cracked ice. Pour into wine goblets filled with cracked ice, and top each with a dash of cassis. Add the garnishes.

Memphis Belle….named for World War 11 most famous B-17 bomber, The Flying Fortress (now on display in Memphis).

11/2 ounces brandy

3 or 4 dashes Angostura or Orange bitters

½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

¾ ounce Southern Comfort

Add all ingredients except the garnish to a shaker filled with ice; shake well. Strain into a chilled martini or cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

Savannah, GA

The Roffignac………inspired by a drink popular in the days of Count Louis Phillipe Joseph de Rofignac, mayor of New Orleans during the early 1820s.

2 ounces cognac or rye whiskey

1 ounce raspberry syrup

Club soda

Pour the cognac and raspberry syrup into a stemmed cocktail glass filled with ice. Top it off with club soda and swizzle to blend. Add fresh raspberries for garnish

Ramos Gin Fizz…..developed by New Orleanian Henry C. Ramos.

2 ounces gin

1 pounce fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 egg white

1 ounce simple syrup

1 ounce orange flower or rose water

1 ounce half and half

Club soda

Orange wheel for garnish

Pour the gin, lemon juice, egg white, syrup, orange flower water and half and half into a cocktail shaker filled with a few ice cubes; shake for about a minute. Strain into a pilsner glass or tall slim glass with ice; top with club soda and stir. Add the garnish.

Southern Cocktails

Watermelon Crush ……ice cold fruit with a bit of rum.

8 cups seeded, cubed watermelon

11/3 cups light rum

11/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice or more to taste

½ cup orange liqueur

¼ powdered sugar or more to taste

2 ounces fresh squeezed lime juice

Put the watermelon cubes in a plastic freezer bag; freeze for at least 8 hours. Puree the watermelon and the remaining ingredients in batches in a blender or food processor until smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally. Combine the processed mixture well.

Serve in a large old pickle jar or a punch bowl and scoop the mixture into a mason jars, tin cups or other festive glasses.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Southern Cocktails by Denise Gee.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Eggs- The French Way - Simply Perfect

One of my favorite recipes is from an excellent book on French culture, “Entre Nous, A Woman’s Guide to Finding Her Inner French Girl” by Debra Olliver.

MS Olliver includes a recipe for "Simply Perfect Eggs" and it has become my go to recipe for eggs at home. MS Olliver noted that eggs are more likely to be served for dinner than for breakfast hence the need to ensure that they are “perfect”. Making perfect eggs has been a French obsession for centuries.

The final results are International House of Pancake caliber fluffy eggs; you cannot lose with this recipe.

Try it for the family this weekend. Please note please allocate enough time to make your perfect eggs, no rushing, patience please.

Simply Perfect Eggs

8 fresh eggs

11/2 cups rich cream (more and less)

Salt, fresh ground pepper

4 tablespoons grated cheese or finely minced herbs if desired.

Break eggs into a cold heavy skillet, add cream and stir gently until fairly well blended. Never beat! Add seasoning (and or cheese and herbs) just before serving. This takes about half an hour- poky, but worth it.

My cheese of choice is goat which adds to the fluffy factor or Gorgonzola, but goat keeps the recipe pure and simple. I always put butter in the cold skillet to start and the heat is medium or low never high.

Enjoy for lunch or dinner!

Books by Debra Olliver



Friday, July 8, 2011

FashionMom: It's Friday! Our Favorite Places for Drinks!

FashionMom: It's Friday! Our Favorite Places for Drinks!: "Our most popular pick- The Margarita It’s Friday! Where in the World do you have your favorite drink? Everyone has a favorite bar or r..."

It's Friday! Our Favorite Places for Drinks!

Our most popular pick- The Margarita

It’s Friday!

Where in the World do you have your favorite drink? Everyone has a favorite bar or restaurant they love to visit because they love the drinks, food and the atmosphere. Or that drink is sometimes best when served at home.

People from around the globe told us their favorite places to hang and drink.  We added links to all of the favorites.
Check them out!

Thank you to everyone who sent us their favorite places.

The Mojito, our second most popular pick.

“My favorite place to drink is at home and my favorite drink is Cranberry and Soda!”

Where in the World - Barbados, West Indies

“My favorite place is La Fonda Latina in Atlanta on a hot summer evening, outside seating of course and my drink is the Cuba Libre.” “I always feel I am on an island in the tropics even though I am in the middle of a city.” “Best place to be on Friday evening.”


I must give a special mention to HobNob for their Chocolate Stout.
What a drink!

Where in the World - Atlanta

La Fonda- Ponce De Leon Ave/Peachtree Rd


“La Bain at the Standard Hotel!” “Patron with lime on the rocks.”

0 Calories. "Great people watching and views of downtown!”

Where in the World- New York City

The Standards Stairway to Heaven

another favorite

“Long Island Tea at Chequers”

Where in the World- Atlanta, GA

“Mojitos at Bahama Breeze, the best”

Where in the World – Miami, FL

“Prosecco in the afternoon, at any rooftop bar in the world”

Where in the World- California

The Best Rooftop Lounge in Toronto

St Germain and Sangria

“Crane Beach Resort in Barbados for the best Pina Coladas”

Where in the World- Guyana, SA

“Margaritas at home made by my husband, the best!”

Where in the World- Toronto, CA

“Margaritas at Mimi’s in Manhattan.” “The finest!” “A Lovely Bar”

Where in the World- Ft Lauderdale, FL


“Any Champagne cocktail at So Bar, Richmond Upon Thames”

Where in the World – London

So Bar

“Margarita on the rocks, usually any good Mexican restaurant, I love Oyamel in DC”

Where in the World – Washington DC


“Lychee martini and Chocolate Martini at Day Break in Mississauga, Ontario”

Where in the World- Brampton, CA

Frozen Daiquiri

“Fruit Punch at Hotel Tower, Georgetown Guyana. Made with fresh fruit!”

Mimosas at Four Seasons Georgetown, Washington DC|18952|four%20seasons%20d.c.||S||5947461524

Tropical Martinis at Cheesecake Factory

Where in the World- Georgetown, Guyana

“Friday Nights at Palm Court in Georgetown, I have my usual El Dorado Rum and Coke, TGIF!”

Where in the World- Guyana, South America

“Bailey’s on the rocks, anyplace, anytime, anywhere!”

Where in the World- Toronto, CA

Chocolate Martini

“Chocolate Martini by Jamal Bowen at Monkey Bar at Sandy Lane, Barbados”

Where in the World – Barbados and London

“Mango Lassie at any Indian restaurant or a good virgin Mojito”

Where in the World- New York


“I rarely drink but when I do it’s a small glass of wine at any restaurant with dinner”

Where in the World – Edmonds, Washington

"South Beach, Mango Bar….Mojitos” " it is a great mix of sexy dancers, sexy music and very tasty drinks"

Where in the World- Toronto, CA

“My favorite place to go is in my old hood (Ohio City on the near west side of Cleveland) is Momocho.” “You must try to Margarita Sampler, 3 margaritas in rocks glasses for $15.00. You can choose from cucumber with salt with everyone raves about, blood orange, hibiscus, pomegranate, yuzu (Japanese citrus fruit), cactus flower, pineapple, fig and mango.. And you must try to guacamole sampler!”

Where in the World- Chagrin Falls, Ohio


"Mojitos, Sangrias anywhere preferably Cuban, home made Pimms"
Where in the World - London

My favorite place is Panorama Lounge Rooftop at the Manulife Center in Toronto, awesome view of the city and the drinks are not so bad either..

Where in the World- Toronto, CA

"Dark and Stormy at Mandarin's Elbow Beach Resort, Bermuda.  "The Goslings Black Gold Rum portions are potent"
"A Frosty Banks Beer on any West or South Coast Beach or beach bar, Barbados"
"A Sweet Lassi (goat's milk yoghurt drink) at sunrise, or a COLD Everest Beer at Sunset, "on the windy hill" at Club Himalaya resort, Nagarkot Nepal
- a view of the Himalaya range at 8,167m"

Where in the World - Edmonton, CA

Lassi and Everest Beer

Dark and Stormy

The best south coast beach in Barbados - Accra Beach Barbados

Banks Beer

 I would love to be on the "windy hill" very soon!

Enjoy! Happy Friday!

Have a fantastic weekend, we will be back next week.

Banks Beer/Lasi and Stormy photos courtesy CCM, all other pictures courtesy

Friday, July 1, 2011

It's Friday! Let's Head to the Tropics! The Daiquiri!

It’s Friday! Daiquiri Time! A Classic Drink!

A trip south of Atlanta for work transported me to the world of the Mojitos, Daiquiris and Margaritas; the Daiquiri is the ultimate tropical mix!

The classic Daiquiri of rum, lime and sugar was dreamed up around 1900 during a hot Cuban summer when Jennings Cox, an American mining engineer who was working on the island added fresh lime juice and sugar to the local rum because his gin supplies had run out. He christened the mix “daiquiri” after a town near Santiago on Cuba’s southeast tip.

The Classic

2 fl oz. white rum

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp. superfine sugar or sugar syrup

Ice cubes

Twist of lime zest to decorate.

Put the rum, lime juice, sugar or syrup, and plenty of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass and serve decorated with a twist of lime zest.

Hemingway’s Floridita Daiquiri

2 oz. light rum

2 oz. grapefruit juice

1 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. simple syrup

Mix all ingredients and serve frozen or over crushed ice in a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit juice.

Banana Daiquiri

11/2 oz. light rum

½ oz. lime juice

1/3 of a ripe banana

1 tsp. sugar or banana liqueur

3-4 ice cubes

Blend until slushy and pour into a frosted parfait glass. Garnish with a skewer of fresh fruit.

Frozen Peach of Strawberry Daiquiri

11/2 oz. light rum

¾ oz. Curacao or triple sec

¾ oz. lime juice

½ tsp. sugar

½ fresh peach (peeled) or 6 ripe strawberries, hulled.

4-5 ice cubes

Blend and serve in a chilled wine glass. Garnish with a slice of fresh fruit.

Caramelized Fig and Banana Daiquiri

112/ oz. rum

2 tsp. Liquor 43

2 tsp. butterscotch schnapps

½ oz. fig puree

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 tbsp. caramelized banana

Caramelized fig to garnish

Blend all ingredients with ice and serve in a martini glass. Add two short straws and garnish with a caramelized fig.

Daiquiri Sunrise

2 fl oz. white rum

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp. superfine sugar or sugar syrup

Ice cubes

Twist of lime zest to decorate.

Put the rum, lime juice, sugar or syrup, and plenty of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass.

Add 2 tablespoons Grenadine syrup to the drink and wait for it to sink to the bottom or shake the Grenadine with the other ingredients.

Minted Lychee Daiquiri

1 fl oz. white rum

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp. superfine sugar or sugar syrup

1 fl oz. lychee liqueur.

Ice cubes

Add a small sprig of mint to decorate.

Put the rum, lime juice, sugar or syrup, and plenty of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass. Float the mint on top.

Mango Daiquiri

1 fl oz. white rum

2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tsp. superfine sugar or sugar syrup

1 fl oz. Mango liqueur.

Ice cubes

Slice of fresh mango to decorate.

Put the rum, lime juice, sugar or syrup, and plenty of ice cubes into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass. Float the mango slice on top.

Please remember to drink responsibly!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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