When I think of Whiskey Sours, I recall my first year university days, a blurred stage of constant underaged drinking and feigned abject poverty purveyed to my parents to fund aforementioned underage drinking. Myself and my two best buddies at the time, Rod and Louie, would drink Wiser’s Whiskey and Lime Crush
I reflect on that time and that ‘cocktail’ and like to think the beginning of my refining my palette for the Whiskey Sour Cocktail we all know and love today
For National Whiskey Sour Day, I DIY’d it, as a lot of placed put egg whites in it and that is straight up sick.
It was simply the combination of
- 2 oz whiskey
- juice of 1 lemon
- tablespoon of simple syrup
Garnished with a lime
I sat back and drank this with the company of Duncan.
Although he is my favourite company of all, I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic for the days of yore and Rod and Louie’s company and sense of humour and the foolishness of university life in general.
Being back in school as a ‘mature’ student, is undoubtedly not the same.
National Rum Day !!
I do love me a mojito from time to time, but rum is most definitely not my go to spirit
I branched out, however, and honoured this sweet liquor by making a Dark & Stormy cocktail!
You will need:
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 3 ounces ginger beer
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- Lime wheel or wedge, for garnish
Build the cocktail on ice, leaving rum for last and ‘float’ it on the top
That’s what I do at work all the time – I made a few of these and the patrons were loving them
National Creamsicle Day
I was never an overt fan of the creamsicle.. gimme a polar bar or a chipper any day
My distaste for this orange and vanilla flavoured ice cream could probably be whittled down to the fact that I don’t really like fruit or fruit flavoured things.
To celebrate this day, I bought some vanilla coconut ice cream and an orange and had fantastical ideas about making a vegan creamiscle milkshake smoothie concoction. However the day escaped me and I just didn’t find the time to put my ingredients to work
Luckily for me, that evening as I was out for a night of trivia, I spotted a creamiscle cocktail on the bar menu
Orange Juice + Whipped Cream flavoured vodka + soda
I realized immediately after the first sip that although it tastes exactly like a creamsicle, that’s not really a good thing
I choked down about half of the cocktail and switched to good ol’ PBR then came 3rd at trivia
213th day of celebrating every day literally really got me good
National Girlfriends Day !
I have THE BEST girlfriends
THE BEST, Jerry!
I like to think I celebrate and appreciate them everyday but for the sake of this initiative, I’ll reel it in to one day of celebrations.
I got to hang with three great girlfriends whom I’ve known and loved a long time!
Hadn’t seen miss Lori Beck in eons!
Hadn’t seen Jill since she became a mother !
Hillary brought some watermelon mimosa mix and so we lit it up…as much as people do in the middle of the day when they have evening plans and babies etc etc
Not featured in photo is all my other girlfriends who I love and admire – Steph! Christina! Kathleen! Molly! Carleigh! Allyson! Other Steph! Crystal! Titia! Lori! Brooke! …to name a few… the Vancouver gaggle ! Ah this is getting weird – just know if you are my friend, and female, I probably like you the most !
N A T I O N A L T E Q U I L A D A Y
Another holiday I was counting down the days to celebrate!!!
Being my first full official day in Chrissy’s home territory
She wanted to host a Tequila and Taco Night for me so I could meet her gang of Kitimat pals and us to celebrate National Tequila Day
Initially we thought we would do margaritas, but it felt a little too pedestrian for the occasion and we already had National Margarita Day back in February, so we took it up a notch and made El Diablos!
The recipe I used was more or less as follows:
- 1.5 oz blanco tequila
- .5 oz Odd Society Crème de Cassis
- 1 oz lime juice
- Dash of Scrappy’s Firewater, or other hot pepper tincture
- Dickie’s Ginger Beer
- Lime wheel, for garnish
I had been well prepared for this day – before I left Vancouver, I had driven all over town to get the Scrappy’s Firewater, a habernero pepper bitter, and Vancouver made Dickie’s Ginger Beer, and packed them safely in my suitcase
Shake all ingredients, excluding the ginger beer. with ice, then strain into a glass. Add fresh ice, top with Dickie’s Ginger Beer and throw another few dashes of Firewater, just for kicks.. Best garnished with a lime wheel.
This drink was a.maze.ing.
Everyone seemed to like them, but the shaking of each individual drink started to grate on me so I ended up making batches a pitcher, throwing in some jalapeño peppers and blackberries. It sort of lost a little of it’s charm in the mass production, but it was still pretty deadly.
Tacos were awesome and so were Christina’s Kitimat crew. Duncan enjoyed all the newfound attention !
National Pina Colada Day!
Although you won’t catch me responding to any personal ads with liking Pina Coladas as a must, I do like them just fine… when made with the right stuff!
Christina robbed my joy (the Vitamin blender), but I have a mini Hamilton beach blender kicking around and decided I would bust it out for this notorious cocktail du jour.
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup of Coconut milk ice cream
- 1 oz of rum
- almond milk as needed to blend
I garnished with some strawberries, pineapple and some grated coconut.
Perfect little afternoon treat to sip when you have to gut your storage locker of all your possessions when there is a mold problem in your building and your landlord doesn’t give a fuck and isn’t going to do anything about whatsoever ! Pairs perfectly!
I decided to add a little twist to National Ice Cream Soda Day, thanks to some random posting I saw on Pinterest or Instagram once upon a time.
I relished this opportunity to try out a Guinness Float instead. Same concept as an Ice Cream Soda, except you swap the root beer for real beer.
So I picked up a four pack of Guinness cans and two tubs of President’s Choices dairy free coconut Ice cream in chocolate and coconut flavours and went to town!
The coconut flavour, although absolutely delightful on its own, was a bit ‘meh’ with the Guinness. But the chocolate? Look out. Guinness and vegan chocolate ice cream were made for each other, believe me.
Or rather, just go try it yourself sometime. This is definitely an cocktail (?)/ dessert (?) I will be keeping on the roster.
National Bourbon Day!
As wonderful as it would be to head down to Bourbon Street, New Orleans, I settled for the 83rd best bar in the world, Keefer Bar in Chinatown, Vancouver
Their drinks involve exotic ingredients and the use of blowtorches.
I planned on heading out for a basic Old Fashioned, in honour of the day, but upon viewing their cocktail list, there were several bourbon based drinks to choose from
Christina started with the Chinatown Sour-Wild Turkey Bourbon 101, Fernet Branca, lemon juice, astragalus/ orgeat syrup (right)
Steph had the Opium Sour- Wild Turkey Bourbon, Grapefruit, lemon, tamarind, poppyseed tincture (left)
And I sort of stuck to my guns and had a slight variation on an Old Fashioned and had a Bold Fashioned- Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, coconut gomme, house bitters (front centre)
They were so damn good, the service was great as was the company
If you are ever in the area I highly recommend checking this place out !
I decided some time ago that this was going to be ‘ the summer of Rosé‘
It happened when I found this at Winners :
I saw it and instantly had a fantasy of filling it with rosé reusable ice cubes and drinking out of it on Kits Beach all day with Duncan and a book
I don’t know why I imagined rosé. I guess red wine isn’t refreshing, it would be weird to put beer in it as it would go flat pretty quickly.
At 1.3 litre capacity, anything boozier than wine would mean trouble.
So maybe this list of reasons is why my mind jumped to rosé.
I picked up two bottles of rosé to have on hand for the next sunny day. But National Rosé Day arrived first.
So I didn’t get to use my new super cool thermos.
Instead I drank out of a glass like a civilized being.
I ended up drinking the whole bottle during the day.
Then going out and having some wine with dinner.
Then a cocktail.
Then back home, had another few glasses of wine.
It was a ridiculous and unnecessarily alcohol fuelled day.
I woke up the next morning completely ravaged from having had night terrors all night long. I blame the rosé
So I will be laying off the rosé and all other libations of that nature for a while
National Cognac Day
When I think of cognac I think of Hennessy… and when I think of Hennessy, I think of Young Ma
Apart from that, this one was a total pain in the ass!
I didn’t wanna shell out for a full thing of cognac because I’m not a rapper, so I had to go out for a quick cocktail during the only free time I had that day and had to drink a pretty boozy drink in the middle of the day pretty much by myself …Kathleen joined later, but it was too late, it was already weird.
I had a Sidecar
This digital recipe card is from The Martini Diva- a woman I follow on Instagram who Celebrates Everyday Literally by making cocktails in accordance with the national holidays as well as a little digital recipe card for it.
A lot of work- deepest of bows to her
This was my first Sidecar cocktail. I must say it probably won’t be my last. I thought it was a great balance of sweet and tart and boozy.
Oh and it was nice out and not pouring rain so I got to drink it outside, which was another bonus