Friday, July 27, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Golden Cadillac

Golden Cadillac, originally uploaded by chipandandy.

3/4 oz Galliano
3/4 oz White Creme de Cacao
3/4 oz Cream

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass, or other serving vessel. After assessing the cost of our ebay glass slippers, I convinced LuRu to give some local thrift stores and flea markets a shot. She thought I was a little crazy, but the results were fantastic. We only found 2 suitable shoes, but the fish is my favorite anyway.

This was my first time using Galliano, but certainly not my last. It has an anise taste and smell, but it's much rounder and softer than Pernod and has many other herbs.

You may notice the glue sticks in the background. I think we must have played the newspaper poetry game with this round. LuRu and I cut interesting words and phrases out of newspaper headlines for the past week or so and tossed them into a hat. People pulled them out and glued them to a sheet of paper to form "poems."

Here are a few shots of the drinks being drunk:

Had to use a straw for the open slipper.


The boot worked very well.

Golden Cadillac in a Whale.....

Kissy the fishy. I love this as a glass.


Friday, July 20, 2007

Friday Cocktail - Velvet Hammer

Velvet Hammer, originally uploaded by chipandandy.

Shake equal parts:

Tia Maria
Heavy Cream

with ice and strain into cocktail glass, or glass slipper. Your choice. This is another one from our Surrealist Sunday. Early on after we decided upon this theme, LuRu got the idea she wanted people to drink from shoes with the surreal symbolism. Onto ebay and we quickly bid on these three darlings, and several others. After winning the auction and realizing that the shipping made the price not nearly as reasonable, we stopped at three. Each couple shared a slipper, and a second creamy cocktail was served in different containers (cliffhanger).

When it was time to decide what to put in the glass slippers, LuRu thought we should drink a warm, salty, creamy drink. Well, Decadent Sundays are supposed to be about the drinks first, so that idea was nixed, but I kept the creamy part. The cocktail itself was a quite lovely desert drink. Not nearly as heavy as I imagined. I'm guessing due to the vigorous shaking with ice. It paired well with the incredible merange desert.

There are tons of variations on the velvet hammer, some using vanilla ice cream, others adding vodka, still others with creme de cacao. You can check out 16 or so of these recipes at ZuckerBlog.

Oh, and Chip added his photos as well as scans of the results of our surrealist parlour games to the Decadent Sundays Pool on flickr. If you want to read any small print, click the icon for all sizes above the picture and choose the large size. Original size is even bigger, but at least on my test case it flipped the image sideways and made it less easy for me to read than the large size.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Gin(ny) in the bottle

Gin(ny) in the bottle, originally uploaded by shpankme.

For Chip, who's a big fan of Hendrick's.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Now that's what I call a party

Penway Party 1, originally uploaded by Namey McNamerson.

Everyone into the girdle. Don't ask any questions.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Friday Cocktail for Friday the 13th - Corpse Reviver

DSCF1721, originally uploaded by Lokis world.

Wanted to share something a little ghoulish for Friday the 13th. The Corpse Reviver shown here is the darker cocktail in the back. There are at least 3 radically different Corpse Reviver recipe's, but this is regarded as the original created by Frank Meier at the Ritz Bar, Paris, in the 1920s.

Corpse Reviver #1
1 oz brandy
2/3 oz sweet vermouth - Vya highly recommended, I think it makes the drink
2/3 oz Calvados or Applejack

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

The lighter cocktail is the Dubonnet Cocktail. If you like gin martinis with a twist over vodka and/or olives, this is heavenly.

Dubonnet Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Dubonnet
1 1/2 oz Gin

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Dubonnet is an aromatic wine, so it's in the vermouth family, but it is very light and crisp, with a little sweetness to it. I like olives, but I've always preferred my martini's with a twist. Now that I've found Dubonnet, I'll have this instead everytime at home. Dubonnet is not very expensive. I think I picked up my 750ml bottle for about $12. Store it in the fridge with your other vermouths.

So, you might be asking, why 2 cocktails, and what's with the eyeball. Well, the photo is from the recent Decadent Sunday party we hosted with the theme of surrealism. The "glasses" are actually a salt and pepper shaker set, sans caps. The eyes were printed on sticker paper and stuck on the caddy. The afternoon was filled with classic cocktails, mostly from when the surrealists were peaking (between WWI and WWII), though these both date to the 20s. We also played a number of surrealist games.

One of the games had us making poetry using opposites. Each person wrote a sentence at the top of the page, then passed it to someone else. The second person wrote a sentence with an opposite meaning, then folded the paper so the first sentence was not visible and passed the paper again. After a while, we'd decide the round was over and read the complete "poems." I paired these drinks with this game because of the opposite natures of the colors of the drinks.

I'll post more of the recipes and photos from this afternoon in future Friday Cocktail posts. If you want to check out some of the photos, the participants started a flickr group: to share our photos. They're a little out of order, and I haven't added my shots from Surreal Sunday yet, but Loki has several and I have to thank him for this shot.


Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Slide Fun

Slide Fun, originally uploaded by Metal Chris.

I love it when people don't take themselves too seriously.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Friday Cocktail: Caribe Cocktail

Caribe Cocktail, originally uploaded by Experiment 33.

Posting the cocktail early today because we're off snorkeling this afternoon. Enjoy!

3/4 oz lemon juice
1 oz Pineaple juice
1 1/2 oz rum

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy Independence Day - Retro Thing: Past Presidents Immortalized As Avon Aftershave

Retro Thing: Past Presidents Immortalized As Avon Aftershave

Thank you Retro Thing for making blogging worthwhile on this Independence Day. Check out the commentary over there. And, please use plenty of sunblock, and keep your fingers away from the firecrackers.

Monday, July 02, 2007

cocktailnerd: Fight Night! Channel Knives - A blog of most things cocktail and alcohol related

cocktailnerd : Fight Night! Channel Knives

Great review of 3 different channel knives, very thorough, nice photos. I use a channel knife, similar to the cheap one, for lemon twists and other garnishes. I've been thinking it's a bit dull, so now I know there are some other options out there.