30th November 2007

Day 5 – The Blue Blazer

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To Love… To Like… To Hate… To Fear… I love Vodka Tonics, I like Long Island Ice Teas, I hate the worm at the bottom of the tequila bottle, but fear??? I wasn’t sure I feared any drink… Well, until now… I recently read an article on MSN.com entitled “Dangerous Knowledge: The Blue Blazer” in which the writer stated there are drinks he loves, drinks he likes, drinks he hates, and “just one” that he fears. .. I had to read on…

The Blue Blazer,  apparently making this drink consists of pouring a long stream of FLAMING whiskey back and forth several times between a pair of metal mugs… Hmmmmm, I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure I’d singe off more than just my eyebrows mixing this one! 

What? You actually want the recipe? Well I guess maybe you could be braver than I so here it goes… The basic recipe serves 4, because lets be serious, would you really go through this for a drink that serves JUST ONE?!

Equipment:
2 metal pint mugs with handles and flaring rims

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle cask-strength single-malt Scotch, such as Laphroaig, the Glenlivet Nadurra, or the Macallan
  • 4 tsp Sugar in the Raw
  • 4 1-inch strips of thinly cut lemon peel

Directions:

  1. Clear all flammable materials from the mixing area.
  2. Lay down some damp cloth napkins for the spills. There will be spills.
  3. Put a pot of water on to boil.
  4. Prepare 4 espresso cups by putting a teaspoon of sugar and a strip of lemon peel in each.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into one of the metal mugs.
  6. Quickly add 5 oz whisky.
  7. Light this with a long match or grill lighter.
  8. Pick up both mugs and carefully pour 3/4 of the contents of the flaming one into the other.
  9. Now pour 3/4 of that back into the first mug, from a greater distance.
  10. Repeat 4 or 5 times, increasing the distance each time, all the while talking nonchalantly about how Jerry Thomas used to make these back in old San Francisco.
  11. Finally, pour all the liquid into one mug, and from there fill the 4 espresso cups. These should be flaming as well.
  12. Use the bottom of one mug to snuff whatever’s on fire — i.e., the other mug, the cups, the table, your shirt, the cat, etc.
  13. Stir the contents of each cup to dissolve the sugar, and serve.
  14. Immerse the mugs in cold water before repeating.

Apparently it tastes like nothing more than a Scotch Toddy! BUT, creating the drink looks really cool, so just be sure someone’s watching… In other words, DO NOT mix this alone in your basement, its not worth it without the applause (Unless you’re nuts about Scotch Toddy’s)! not to mention you may lose your house in the process. 

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29th November 2007

Still Going… Day 4

Champagne Punch

This holiday staple is a great alternative for a larger group. Be sure to use quality sparkling and still wines (If you are a poor undergrad, or post-grad, feel free to use the cheap stuff).  This is sure to knock you on your ass!

Ingredients:

2 750 ml bottles sparkling wine
1 750 ml bottle white dinner wine
6 whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar (or to taste)
2 cups orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
ice block

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan combine white wine, cloves, cinnamon.
  2. Squeeze in lemon juice, and then add the rest of the lemon.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain and cool completely.
  6. Place ice in punch bowl.
  7. Pour in spice/wine mixture, sparkling wine, and juices.
  8. Stir gently.

Serves Roughly 25 fellow drunkards!

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28th November 2007

Day 3

Gingerbread Martini

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This recipe calls for homemade ginger syrup but you can buy a commercially prepared version at specialty food stores (try the coffee aisle – This is what I would do).

Ingredients:

Ginger Syrup:

3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, coarsely chopped
2 sticks of cinnamon
3 whole cloves

Directions:

  1. Simmer water, sugar, ginger, cloves and cinnamon stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 15 minutes.
  2. Pour hot syrup through a fine sieve and chill.
  3. Let stand 20 minutes until using, so all sediment has settled to the bottom.

Servings: Approximately 3/4 cup.

Martini:

Ingredients:

ice
2 ounces vodka
1/2 to 1 ounce gingerbread syrup

Directions:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka and gingerbread syrup.
  3. Cover and shake vigorously until combined and chilled, about 30 seconds.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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27th November 2007

And On The 2nd Day

…Of Coctails, My True Love Made For Me:

Crème Brûlée Martini

Ingredients:

1 ounce vanilla-flavored vodka
1 ounce Frangelico
1/2 ounce Cointreau

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Stir gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

Variations:
You can add a dash of cream, however it’s sweet enough on its own. Try adding the cream if the martini is a substitute for dessert; skip the cream for cocktail hour however. Instead try covering the edge of the martini glasses in brown sugar.

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26th November 2007

Holiday Special – “12 Days of Cocktails”

As we all know the day following Thanksgiving, AKA “Black Friday”, is the unofficial start to the Holiday Season… So, with that, I’m sure 99% of you have heard of “The 12 Days Of Christmas” song… Well I give you SizzUp’s “12 Days of Cocktails” To start your holiday season of right… For the next 12 days you will get my top 12 cocktails for the holiday season… Enjoy, here’s #1:

“On the first day of cocktails my true love gave to me…”

Peppermint Patty

Ingredients:

2 ounces vodka
1 ounces peppermint schnapps
1/2 ounces white creme de cacao

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
  2. Stir gently and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

To add a fun detail, crush a candy cane (or other peppermint candies) in a coffee grinder. Dip the rim of the cocktail glasses in water or liquor and then dip the rim in the ground candy mixture.

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24th November 2007

Rules of the Brotherhood

As dictated by my younger (and apparently more intelligent) brother:

*** To my female readers… OH and my female co-author… Have a sense of humor, or do not read!

Everyone has been in the situation where his friend is trashed and wants to drive to some girl’s house for a late night biddy call. I say ‘his’ friend because girls are dangerous enough when they drive sober. A drunken girl with keys is scarier than an ex with a shotgun. No one is dumb enough to give a girl a license to kill. I bring this up because Tuesday night I examined the rules of drunken friendship on my own. My neighbor stumbled into my room around 3AM and I was left to decide his fate. So I give you now 10 things to consider the next time your drunken friend needs a ride.

1.) You can be too drunk to drive, and you can be too drunk to drive safely. If the person is too drunk to walk then you don’t have to worry about them driving. The chances of them finding their car and turning it on are too low to worry about.

2.) A drunk person should not drive, but neither should a drunker person. If you are also drunk, than you are in no way obligated to drive your friend.

3.) NO GF’s.

4.) A biddy for your friend is good. But a biddy for you is better. Check to see if there is a girl for you there also.

5.) Size matters. No fat chicks .Unless, I guess, if your friend is fat as well.

6.) One drunken ride is not going to help him drive out of the friend zone. No matter how hot the girl is, you can not be a supporter of that kind of that kind of relationship.

7.) Use the scale. If the girl is below a 4 on the official 1-10 scale, then she is not worth it.

8.) Sluts will still be slutty in the morning.

9.) Douchebag law. You can be a douchebag to a douchebag.

10.) Warning, this is the most important issue to consider. If your friend has a chance with a 10, then it is your duty to get him there. Getting a 10 is like sighting a bald eagle in the wild. If you are not careful, they will fly away. But no going to zoos, because those 10’s are slutty. Everyone has the key to that cage.

These are the rules I pass on to you, as these are the rules I used. In my case, I was drunk, my friend was too drunk to find his car, and he’s trapped in the friend zone with this bald eagle. Be safe, and remember, NO GF’s

Ladies, would love to hear your version…

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21st November 2007

Yet Another Thanksgiving Treat

Apparently people love to drink during the holidays… Who knew???  This one I caught on MSNBC this afternoon… I’ll be trying it tonight!

Applejack Rabbit

Ingredients

  • 2 Parts Applejack
  • 1 Part Lemon Juice
  • 2 Parts Orange Juice
  • 1 dash Orange Bitters
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 splash simple syrup

Directions

Chill a cocktail glass with ice or in the freezer. Pour applejack, lemon juice and orange juice into a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake it until the shaker is very cold. Empty the cocktail glass from ice and water. Strain the drink into the cocktail glass. Garnish with an apple (peel).

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20th November 2007

Quarter Life Crisis

So, my friends and I have recently begun our quarter life crisis… Lots of drinking, and even worse, the realization that we cannot drink like we did in college. Than, I came accross the site Stumbleupon.com that will take your interests and pull up random sites that apply to those interests… And just when I thought I hit the peak of my crisis, I came accross it:

Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age

A site devoted to telling you what people at your age or BY your age had done in their life… Here’s just a few tidbits, the rest you could go see for yourself:

At 25:

  • Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly alone across the Atlantic, thus winning a $25,000 prize.
  • Charles Chaplin had appeared in 35 films.
  • Orson Welles coscripted, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane.
  • Physician Roger Bannister broke the four minute mile.

At 24:

  • Entrepreneur Ted Turner took over his father’s billboard advertising business. He later launched CNN.
  • Tracy Chapman released her first album, winning three Grammies.

At 23:

  • Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to win the Masters.
  • John Singleton directed his first film, “Boyz ‘N the Hood.”

Had enough yet???

Well cheer up, there’s still hope… Sarah Silverman said it best during this year’s VMAs when talking about Brittany Spears, “… She is 25-years-old and she’s already accomplished everything she’s going to accomplish in her life.” So while you’re sitting there, sulking that you’re already 25 and have accomplished so little in your life, just think, at least you’re not Brittany Spears.

Better yet, USE OUR SITE… And at least be creative while drinking your sorrows away!

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18th November 2007

Punch Drunk

Here’s a nice party punch of sorts that everyone should enjoy!

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Wicked Chica Punch

Ingredients:

1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered
2 cups brandy
1 cup sugar
1 bottle chilled Champagne
1 bottle chilled light white wine
1 liter chilled club soda or seltzer

Directions:

Put strawberries in a resealable plastic bag. In a bowl mix together the brandy and sugar, pour mixture into bag with strawberries, close the bag, and refrigerate overnight.

Pour the Champagne, white wine and seltzer into a punch bowl, stir. In a glass place a few strawberries. Ladle over punch and serve.

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16th November 2007

Broadway’s Best

Well at least one good thing has come of the stagehand strike on Broadway:

In Focus: Broadway Strike Hits Chains (Houston Chronicle)

“Meanwhile, the staff at the W Times Square is trying to make the best of the situation for guests, offering a handout with alternative amusements, including an invitation to their in-house bar to sip a “Striketini” – a concoction made with bourbon, Grand Marnier and white cranberry juice. Spokeswoman Rebecca Band said the drink is dark, “because Broadway is dark.”

Yea… It won’t make up for the millions lost, but it sure will help you forget about it!

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