Friday, November 22, 2013

Caramel Appletini

Apples are a "super food".  We all know the saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", but is it really true?  Well, apples are a powerful source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, flavonoids, and vitamin C, as well as good source of fiber, and potassium. There are only 47 calories in an average sized apple.  Those are some pretty good stats for one little fruit.

But how can we make the healthy old apple even better?

Yeah, that's a little bit of an improvement.  Got anything else?

NOW we're getting somewhere!

1        oz  Apple Schnapps
1        oz  Butterscotch Schnapps 
1        oz  Vodka

Add all 3 ingredients to a martini shake 1/2 full of ice
Shake vigorously
Strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass

One more thing about Apple...


Friday, November 8, 2013

Black Beard

Ladies, have you noticed that the men in your life have been neglecting the razor lately?
Guys, have you been working on your 'stache, goatee, or Grizzly Adams the past week?

It may be that you, or someone you know is involved with the charities No Shave November or Movember.  Each year, millions of men grow out their facial hair during the month of November to raise awareness and funds for the fights against prostate and testicular cancers.

It's kinda like Breast Cancer Awareness Month...without the boobies.

Coinciding with these charitable events is the Beard World Championships in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany, where more than 300 people from around the world face off in different mustache and beard competitions.


Facial hair is great if you want to look daring, dashing, dastardly, or devilish.


2      oz       Rum
1/2   can     Guinness Stout

In a chilled pint glass add rum and Guinness
Stir gently
Fill with cola

If you are rocking the facial hair, be careful with your drinks.  Otherwise you'll look like James Harden after a game:
The "3" is for how many ounces of sweat he can wring out of that thing.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Jolly Rancher

The day after Halloween. 

Parents, has your kid's sugar rush ended yet? 
Singles, did you have a good time dressing up to go out?
Marrieds, no kids - did you come home to an empty bowl on your front porch that was once loaded with candy and a sign that said "Please take ONE" (yeah, right)?

Halloween is kind of a weird holiday once you age beyond the "Trick or Treat" phase.  'Course, that expiration age seems to have gotten quite a bit older in recent years.  One of the zombies that came to our door this year had a very realistic cut on his face...presumably from his razor.  Let's just be brutally honest here, when you reach a certain age it's time to stop dressing up on Halloween** and going door to door to beg for candy.

On the candy subject, make sure you are giving out sweets that are NOT CRAP.  Anything chocolate is good: Snickers, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers, Butterfinger, Heath bars, hell even Almond Joy or Mounds.  People that say they don't like coconut are lying, they don't dislike the taste, just the consistency (NSFW). 
Twizzlers, Laffy Taffy, and various suckers are all OK.

Peppermints, while good after a meal, suck as Halloween candy.
Individually-wrapped Life Savers is just a cheap way to give out a lot.  Quality > Quantity.
Candy Corn is awful.
Dubble Bubble you can get away with.  It might be cheap, but at least it's gum.
Or you can always go with a time-tested standby.  The Jolly Rancher.

Now that you're too old to dress up**, let's look at the booze version of same.


1.5 oz     Melon Liqueur
.5   oz     Blueberry Schnapps
2    oz     Sweet & Sour
Splash    Grenadine

Shake melon liqueur and blueberry schnapps over ice
Strain in to a rocks glass 1/2 filled with ice
Top with sweet & sour
Add a splash of grenadine

**OK, so I'm a hypocrite.  
And before you ask, yes, it was cold outside in that tank top...