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199. Burnt Brandy and Peach

10 April 2018 at 18:51

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This cocktail splits the difference between the recent hardly-a-cocktail two-ingredient recipes and, well, medicine. But the first cocktails were made by apothecaries, so maybe he’s right on here!

Ripped from the headlines, Donald Trump may be burnt by his choice of lawyer, who is currently being investigated for various financially-related crimes including campaign finance violations. The FBI raided his office on Monday as part of an investigation not necessarily connected to the Russian interference investigation, but spawned from it. Of course, Trump has many other choices he may be burnt by in the future β€” his life may soon not be peaches and cream.

#199 Burnt Brandy and Peach Ingredients

199. Burnt Brandy and Peach

(Use small bar glass.)

  • This drink is very popular in the Southern States, where it is sometimes used as a cure for diarrhea.
  • 2 oz. of Cognac.
  • Β½ table-spoon of white sugar.
  • The above two ingredients burnt in a saucer or plate.
  • 2 or 3 slices of dried peaches.
  • Place the dried fruit in a glass an pour the liquid over them.

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Tasting Notes:

BN: This was good! Wouldn’t really call it a drink, though, as it was more about the solids than the liquids. Sort of a peachy sugar syrup. Tasty at least! Can’t say for sure about the diarrhea cure. Also, I’m not sure we β€œburnt” correctly. A lot of the brandy evaporated, and I never really got much of a caramel flavor. Maybe I wasn’t supposed to mix them together, and instead burn separately? I have no idea.

PiC: This was a tasty alcoholic snack, and would definitely be good over ice cream. [BN: Agreed.]

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35. 69th Regiment Punch

2 April 2018 at 09:56

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There are of course many different 69th Regiments in various military units, but the one that makes the most sense is the β€œFighting Irish” from New York. Since this cocktail is similar to some of the other toddy-esque ones we’ve done in the past, but with an addition of Irish spirit, it connects up with the infantry unit? I guess?

This past weekend was the 69th Herring Festival in Jamesville, North Carolina. I was going to put some actual news in this one but then, herring festival. So there you go.

#35 69th Regiment - Ingredients

35. 69th Regiment Punch

(In earthen mug.)

  • 1 oz. of Irish whiskey.
  • 1 oz. of Scotch whiskey.
  • 1 tea-spoonful of sugar.
  • 1 piece of lemon.
  • 4 oz. of hot water
  • This is a capital punch for a cold night.
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Tasting Notes:

BN: Well we had no earthen mug, so a copper one seemed still fairly fitting. I did not like this much β€” I like the mix of the whiskeys and lemon but it needs more sugar to be a toddy I’d enjoy drinking.

PiC: I would like it more with more sugar but I do still like the lemon. You could definitely drink this when you’re cold. [NB: she didn’t see the description of the drink before saying this, so great minds think alike!] Better than the other similar ones we’ve had, certainly.

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212. β€œArf and Arf” – London

25 March 2018 at 12:30

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This number is actually two drinks, but I only know what one of the variations actually means. As a result, this is only the London version. To that end, please let me know if you have a sense of the difference between β€œnew” and β€œold” ale, and then I can do the American one.

In honor of National Puppy Day (puppies go β€œarf,”  right?) on Friday, here is an example of the fine, hard-hitting journalism we all expect from The Guardian.

#212 Arf and Arf - Ingredients

212. β€œArf and Arf”

(Use large bar glass.)

  • In London this drink is made by mixing half porter and half ale, in America it is made by mixing half new and half old ale.
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Tasting Notes:

BN: This didn’t layer as well as I wanted it to, and I’m not sure why. It might have been the choice of beers? I tried the spoon thing and it didn’t do anything. Oh well. As for taste, it was pretty much exactly halfway between the taste of the two beers, so it’ll be very dependent on the choices you make. The only other interesting note was the color of the two mixed together was actually darker than the porter, as if they were added together instead of mixed.

PiC: It’s fine. For people who are looking for something between an ale and a porter…

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214. Gin Straight

17 March 2018 at 15:21

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Sometimes, mixology is hard. Other times… not so much. Jerry has a number of β€œcocktails” that are very easy to make. Such as this one.

As for news, here is a mix of two things I hate and it makes me very sad but I guess you might be interested in this.

214. Gin Straight

(Use small bar glass.)

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Tasting Notes

BN: OH GOD NO GIN PLEASE NO (we doctored this slightly using the limes and La Croix pictured which made it more reasonable but still not great)

PiC: Β Even I don’t drink straight gin, and I like gin a lot. I don’t hate it but it is way too strong.

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218. Sherry and Egg

9 March 2018 at 16:36

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Rather than say anything else in introduction for this β€œdrink,” I instead show you the following video, which just about sums up my feelings right now.

Apparently there’s been some research in Japan on using egg whites to catalyze the production of hydrogen, minimizing the amount of energy needed to do so. Which is important, because right now it often takes more fossil fuels to create hydrogen than driving a car running on hydrogen actually saves. If you don’t read the article, at least skip down to the last paragraph, which is great.

218. Sherry and Egg - Ingredients

218. Sherry and Egg

(Use small bar glass.)

  • 1 Egg.
  • 2 oz. of sherry.

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Tasting Notes

BN: It just tasted like sherry and then it was like there was a slug in my mouth so I stopped. I think it’s an 1800s shooter. Then again, there are no actual preparation instructions, so maybe it’s supposed to be all mixed together? I was basing this off of another recipe I found online and unfortunately I think I did it correctly. This was horrible.

PiC: I feel like it’s medicine or something. Nobody is drinking that for fun.

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216. Brandy and Soda

1 March 2018 at 16:40

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I guess it’s just because these are theΒ first cocktails, really, but they seem (to me) to hardly count as cocktails. Oh well. You do you, Jerry, you do you.

So news is also really tough for drinks that are only named after the ingredients they have in them… Here’s something about someone getting murdered over a bottle of brandy. In Namibia, apparently.

216. Brandy and Soda - Ingredients

216. Brandy and Soda

(Sometimes called Stone Wall.)

(Use small bar glass.)

  • 2 oz. of Cognac brandy.
  • Β½ glass of fine ice.
  • Fill up with plain soda.

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Tasting Notes

BN:Β Meh. Watered down slightly bubbly brandy. Not my thing, though at least the little bit of brandy taste you get is good.

PiC: It’s not good… It’s not terrible because it’s so watered down, but still.

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220. Sherry and Ice

21 February 2018 at 16:51

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Come on, these are just getting ridiculous. Ice should not be an ingredient. Unless you blend it, in which case I give it a pass.

However, on the bright side, this one is easy to news. Because sports on ice are fun to watch at the Olympics. Unfortunately, it has not been going so well for Team USA’s figure skaters… I don’t usually watch that much skating but have a fair amount this year; it seems like people are falling a lot more than I would expect. Is this normal? OR IS IT A KOREAN PLOT?!?!?!? Let me know.

220. Sherry and Ice - Ingredients

220. Sherry and Ice

(Use small bar glass.)

  • Put two lumps of ice in a glass, and fill with wine.
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Tasting Notes

BN:Β It tastes old, but that may just be the sherry. Actually, it might be the ice maker, which we haven’t used in a while. It’s certainly something, and I’m not drinking any more of it.

PiC: Β It does taste old but it’s not horrible.

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219. Sherry and Bitters

13 February 2018 at 16:59

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Next on the list of lame two-ingredient cocktails (at least they’re easy to make!), one of my favorite ingredients! Let’s see if it rescues the drink.

Let’s see, how can I put the words in this cocktail into a story about the Olympics? Which is clearly the important news right now… Here’s an interview with the β€œteam mom” for a lot of Team USA – Sherry Von Reisen. Boom.

219. Sherry and Bitters - Ingredients

219. Sherry and Bitters

  • 1 dash of bitters.
  • 2 oz. of sherry.

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Tasting Notes

BN: It tastes like those two things, and nothing more. It’s okay, especially compared to those others, but not great.

PiC: Β Yes, it does taste like that. I don’t want it, but we’ve had worse.

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217. Brandy and Gum

5 February 2018 at 13:00

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Oof, remember this blog? I do! Here’s another drink. Always love a good use of gum syrup. I still have a big bottle I’m slowly working through.

What’s the news that everyone’s talking about after this weekend? Why, the Big Gum, of course! What’s that? It’s the Big Game? The Super Bowl? Oh, well, that makes much more sense. Anyways, as I’m sure everyone is aware, although if you’re playing this silly game you probably are not aware AND STOP READING NOW, it was alas not my home team, the New England Patriots, but it was still a pretty good game and it seemed like the Philadelphia Eagles deserved it. Also, I liked the David Harbour Tide ads.

217. Brandy and Gum - Ingredients

217. Brandy and Gum

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Tasting Notes

BN: Much better with some sweetness. Good ol’ brandy.I get that as an after dinner drink. I don’t love it but I get it.

PiC:Β I get that as an after dinner drink. I don’t love it but I see where it’s coming from.

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Duma Key Lime

28 October 2017 at 13:00

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What is the definition of a pun? See, because Stephen King’sΒ Duma Key is actually about a Florida Key. So I’m not sure combining it with β€œkey lime” actually counts as a joke. Eh, whatever. This was my favorite one, and will be making an appearance tonight at the Halloween party.

Duma Key Lime - Ingredients

Duma Key Lime

  • 4 parts key lime juice
  • 2 parts simple syrup [technically I used gum syrup but shhh]
  • 3 parts tequila
  • 1 part triple sec
  • Mix.
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Tasting Notes

BN: This is probably the easiest to make in a big batch. And was my favorite, as mentioned before! Honestly, not that different from a margarita, but with a little bit of a different kick from the key limes. Two additions (one definite) that we’ll be working with – a graham cracker / salt mixture for rimming the glasses, which is for sure, and potentially the replacement of 1 part syrup with 1 part condensed milk, to get that key lime pie flavor. If it doesn’t curdle. This needs testing!

PiC:Β I mean, it’s a margarita, but a tasty one!

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