Cape Cod

Now that the summer holidays are behind us it still isn’t too late to enjoy a drink in a great weekend getaway place such as Cape Cod. For one thing the crowds will be thinned out so that at least you’ll be able to walk around without bumping into a lot of tourists. Although there may be a chill in the morning air it should be enjoyable (unless of course you’re a hot weather person, then you should be in Miami, not Cape Cod), go for a long walk along the beach or take a nature hike, then stop in a tavern and order a Cape Cod – what else were you thinking?

4 parts cranberry juice to 1 part Vodka, pour into a highball glass, add ice and stir, garnish with a lime wedge or two.

 

For the un-Un-Whined crowd: substitute lime juice for the Vodka, garnish with a lime slice instead of a lime wedge.

Captain’s Bootey

Holidays are a great time for just relaxing with a good book, letting out a bit of steam, enjoying the company of family and friends while grilling out on the deck, unwinding after a hard day at work or just because…

Here’s a real simple rum drink that’s easy to make (recommended by our daughter). Pour 2 oz. of coconut rum (we happened to use Captain Morgan’s Parrot Bay Coconut rum) into a shaker along with 6 oz. of pineapple juice. Shake and pour into a glass filled with ice cubes, garnish with either a pineapple slice or a Maraschino cherry or both or no garnish – hey, remember we’re relaxing here.

Black or White Russian

The Un-Whined series is for those that are wanting a change from the traditional glass of wine and would prefer something a little different.

For a Black Russian combine 2 oz of Vodka with 1 oz coffee liqueur, shake and pour into an old fashioned glass, no garnish necessary.

For the White Russian repeat the above ingredients and float 1 oz of cream or half & half and stir with a cinnamon stick and plenty of ice.

For the un-Un-Whined crowd combine 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1/4 cup cream, milk, or half & half, and 1 drop of vanilla extract into a blender. Blend on high for 15-20 seconds. Pour into an old fashioned glass and garnish with a white chocolate Hershey Kiss.

CT Wine Trail Begins

Some people like to golf, others like to hike, then some look for adventure in the way of mountain biking, still others partake to fishing. I like to wine hop. Is this an Olympic sport?

Well, it is now the beginning of the CT wine trail, yeah, me and the ‘whine’mobile will give it a go with two additional wineries on the trail. I’m looking forward to getting back to visiting them all again. So, keep a look-out for “Witless Wednesdays” where I’ll be letting you know what I come across for the 2012 CT wine Trail and what each winery has to offer.

If there is anything you are particularly interested in, drop me a line and I’ll see if I can find out for you.

While you’re wine hopping be sure to take their tours whenever offered as they can prove to be quite the experience. Especially if they take you in the back room for a barrel tasting to give you an idea of what’s coming soon. And if you get the chance to do a private tasting with a small group of friends, don’t pass it up.

Here’s to good wine, good food, and good friends…

Manhattan

Here’s a drink that won’t cost you $14 like a lot of Martinis will and I enjoy this as much.

Combine 3/4 oz of Sweet Vermouth, 1 1/2 oz Canadian Whiskey, Bourbon, or Rye and a dash of Angostura Bitters and shake well with ice. Substitute Dry Vermouth if you want a Dry Manahattan.

Pour into a cocktail glass if you want it straight up,

or if you want it on the rocks use an old-fashioned glass with ice,

and garnish either the straight up or on the rocks concoction with a cherry and an orange slice.

For the un-Un-Whined crowd: Combine 1/4 cup each of cranberry juice and orange juice, 1/2 teaspoon of cherry juice, a 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice and a dash of bitters. Have it either straight up or on the rocks and garnish with a cherry and an orange slice.

Haley’s Corker

As you can see from the above picture the Haley’s Corker is billed as a 5 in 1 tool for use in re-corking bottles for wine, liqueurs, olive oil, vinegar, or other such liquids. The tools are:

1) aerator

2) filter

3) pourer

4) re-corker

5) stopper

What I like about this product is it really works quite well for most of the 5 in 1 uses. It does not aerate as well as other products (which I will review in a later post) but nonetheless it does aerate but then again I wasn’t looking at this product with aeration in mind so the fact it does aerate is a plus. Another option for this product is the filtering feature which does filter but not as effective as a screen filter but again I wasn’t looking at this in the respect of filtering my wine, so again this is a plus.

On the remaining three tools however, of pourer, re-corker, and stopper it is unparalleled to any other product I have used. It is one of the best pourers with nary a drop of the delectable juice on the counter top. Using it as a re-corker has proven simple to insert and clean. And the stopper is one of the best features I like as I inserted this into one of my wine bottles of which I immediately hit with my elbow and knocked it over on the counter, lo and behold, no spillage and for me that’s real important. So, the other benefit of this is that you’re able to store the re-corked bottle on its side.

I’ve used this tool in both 750 ml & 1.5 liter bottles and more importantly it doesn’t seem to effect the aroma or taste of the wine. One note though, if you plan on using this product for screw top wines be sure to get the green colored stopper as it is specifically designed for this use. Prices vary depending on where you buy them and they’re under $10 for a single stopper. You can also purchase them right from the Haley’s Corker website if you’re looking for multiple stoppers. I give this product 5 out of 5 corks for the value. If you don’t own one I highly recommend you get some. This is the only wine stopper I’ll use when my others wear out.

What’s In A Number – 151?

You can use any kind of rum you want but I believe this drink is named after the Bicardi 151 Rum.

Put in a shaker the following ingredients:

1 oz rum (Bacardi 151 if you prefer as it has about twice the alcohol content than other rums)

2 oz orange juice

2 oz lemon-lime soda

1 oz lemonade

Shake slightly enough to mix them up but not too much to over fizz the soda and pour into a glass filled with ice.

For those of you not partaking of the spirits, leave out the rum.

You can have this with appetizers – chips & dip, shrimp cocktail, pepperoni, Jarlsberg cheese, green olives, wheat crackers, and of course chocolate morsels.

 

 

Halloween Drinks – Not For The Kiddies, ‘Cept A Few

Be sure to serve the following at your next Halloween party without the kiddies (their menu follows in the un-Un-Whined category below.

First one up is the Zombie: 2 oz of Light Rum, 1 oz Dark Rum, 1/2 oz Apricot Brandy, 1 oz Pineapple Juice, 1 oz Orange Juice, 2 capfuls of Lime Juice and two packets sugar. Blend all ingredients with ice, pour into a tall glass and garnish with an orange slice or cherry, whichever you prefer.

Next, try the Red Death: Combine 1/2 oz each of the following – Vodka, Peach Liqueur, Almond Liqueur, Triple Sec, Sloe Gin, Lime Juice, and Orange Juice. Blend together and serve in a highball glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

When you’re done with that try Satan’s Whiskers: Shake together 1 oz each of Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, and Orange Juice. Add to that a 1/2 oz of Orange Liqueur and a couple dashes Triple Sec. Pour into a cocktail glass and yes, garnish with an orange slice.

Now for the proverbial Bloody Mary: You got it – Pour Vodka, Bloody Mary mix, pepper, and Tabasco sauce into a tall glass, stir and garnish with an orange slice sorry, I meant celery stalk.

Oh, for you beer lovers, try Harpoon’s or Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. And yes, this smells and tastes like pumpkins – well, what did you expect?

 

For the un-Un-Whined crowd try the Cafe Di Cioccolata – combine 1/2 part espresso (add more espresso if you like a stronger coffee flavor) and 1 part cocoa in a cup and add boiling water (stirred, not shaken) and garnish with a dollop of Cool Whip.

For the Halloween monsters serve them the Monster Slime Juice: 6 oz. Kool Aid or similar blueberry mix, 12 oz orange juice concentrate, and one gallon of water. In a big punch bowl combine the Kool Aid mix and the orange juice concentrate, then slowly add the water. It should start turning green and the kids will love it.

And what to have with all these drinks? Why chocolate, of course!