National Eggnog Day
I hate the shit that comes in the carton every Christmas season – vegan or na… bleck
This year I had a sort of a frozen chai version of eggnog
Combined coconut milk ice cream, rum, almond milk, vanilla and chai spice
Garnish with mint and a sprinkle of nutmeg and clove
I am partial to a pitcher of sangria from time to time. James and I once had a pitcher in Costa Rica that cost us $70 USD that left a foul taste in our mouth.. but apart from that, it’s been nothing but a good time
It’s a simple cocktail and a great way to rid yourself of a bottle of sub par wine
On National Sangria Day, I made a simple sangria involving a cheap red wine, brandy, orange juice, mint leaves, and an assortment of fruit – including blackberries for drama
National Kentucky Day
Nothing is more Kentucky than bourbon … I mean besides the Kentucky Waterfall
So I celebrated, at work, by making a fuck tonne of our Old Fashioned’s and not denying myself one 😉
How we do, just so you know :
- 2 oz of Bulleit Bourbon
- 1 sugar cube
- 5-10 dash of Black Walnut Bitters
- 1/2 teaspoon of brandied spiced cherry jus (all spice, lemon, clove, cherries, simple syrup, cinnamon stick)
- Orange Rind, burnt
In a mixing glass, place one sugar cube. Douse it with Black Walnut Bitters and then add 1/2 teaspoon of the cherry jus. Muddle till a sugary paste, then add 2 oz of bourbon of choice (we use Bulleit at my bar). Fill mixing glass with ice, stir, then let sit. Prep the rocks glass with a king cube, peel an a rind from an orange over the glass so that the juice spray falls in the glass. Burn the orange rind with a lighter and throw it in the glass. Give the mixing glass contents a final, hearty stir then pour through strainer into glass. Garnish with a cherry. Voila!
Takes a little time, but well worth it.
Happy Kentucky Day!
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
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 !