Friday, December 27, 2013

Holiday Relief

Christmas and all of its various over-indulgences is over.  Time to give your system a break to prep for New Year's Eve.  If you are struggling, here's some extra helpers:

Just make sure you read the box carefully on that last one as accidents do happen.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Rudolph's Tipsy Spritzer

Ah, the joys of Christmas. 
There's holiday lights, trees, gift buying, gift giving, constant assault by charities, piles and piles of junk mail, standing in line 2.5 hours to pay $40 for a grainy 5x7 of your child's terrified expression while sitting on a fat man's lap, wondering just how firm the figure in the "agreed upon amount" of your spouse's gift is, Christmas carols, outrageous traffic, holiday parties, hangovers, and seasonal movies. 

That last category is where I'll do my lazy tie-in for this week.  
And who doesn't enjoy the story of Rudolph, the social outcast who rises up to the moment to save Christmas through sheer force of will and genetic abnormality? 

Well, OK, so he had some help from an effeminate elf that doesn't share the same interests as the other male elves.
Oops, sorry.  Wrong image.
But, as good, classic and timeless as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is, it not the best Christmas movie.

This one is.


1.5     oz  Vodka
5        oz  Orange Juice
2        oz  7-Up
1/2     oz  Grenadine
1/4     oz  Lemon Juice

In a mixing glass with ice combine vodka, OJ, grenadine and lemon juice
Add 7-Up
Stir gently
Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice Garnish with lemon wedge

 Ho Ho Ho!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Comfort Mocha

Those of us in the DFW area just recently survived (*cue ominous music*)

It was a harrowing experience to suffer our way through such horrible circumstances like:
But perhaps worst of all was having the children. 
Trapped in the house. 
For 4 days. 
With nothing to do.
Nothing to do.
There's nothing to do.

After that an adult need something warm and comforting.


1.5     oz  Southern Comfort
6        oz  Coffee
1       tsp  Instant Cocoa

Whipped Cream

Pour one shot of Southern Comfort into an 8 oz coffee cup
Add coffee and cocoa mix
Top with whipped cream

Friday, December 6, 2013

Cup of Cheer

A very good friend of our family was hosting a holiday party and asked me to come up with a festive cocktail.  Pictured above is the result.  It took a while to get the flavor just right.  Which meant there was testing.  

Lots & lots of testing.  *hic*

Unfortunately, I didn't have a good name for this libation prior to said event (sorry, Jennifer).  But since it is December and Christmas carols are playing on the radio, I was inspired by a song by the late, great Burl Ives.
Or, as anyone born after 1960 knows him:
Here's a little trivia about Mr. Ives for my fellow scifi geeks out there - Burl was the narrator for the BEST Star Wars movie never to make it to the big screen.***


1/2     oz  Vodka
1        oz  Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
1        oz  Orange Juice
1     dash  Bitters
2     dash  Ground Cinnamon

Add all 3 ingredients to a martini shaker 1/2 full of ice
Shake vigorously
Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice

Garnish with cinnamon stick and orange wheel

***AFAIK, there are only 2 movies that qualify for that distinction and the other one really sucked