Well Tea and I were back at it this afternoon — making another round of Old Man Drinks interspersed with too much fun and our own twist on what a cocktail this time of year should look like. Love it!
First nice surprise of the day is that we had some really beautiful sunshine rather than the rain that had been predicted. Tea got here this afternoon and we headed over to a Stella & Dot jewelry party at a work friends house. It was great. She lives in this really lovely home in one of the cool old neighborhoods of our city. Brenda is gracious and welcoming on her worst day and knocked it out of the park today with yummy appetizers and good wine. And the Stella & Dot collection was really fun. We might even host our own party. Wanna come? : )
At the house then we started in on . . . pumpkin bars! See there, you were thinking cocktails but I like a bit of the unexpected and pumpkin bars have been calling our name. The recipe I’ve got is super easy and the two of us cook well together. I get busy digging the ingredients out and before I know it Tea has it all mixed up and in the oven! I got my recipe from a woman I used to work with and Tea and Glen agreed they deserved high marks. I really like how moist they are and that they’re not too sweet.
Then we got busy on our Old Man Drinks with a Halloween twist. Actually we only did a couple of Old Man Drinks and then we did a couple more modern cocktails of our own making. Besides having fun giving each drink a seasonal twist, the most fun we had was trying the very old fashioned liquor, Absinthe. To our surprise it tastes, and smells, quite a bit like licorice but has a kind of glowing green color. Absinthe was actually illegal to sell in the US for years but now its easy to find and all the components that reportedly caused hallucinations seem to be left out — if they were ever really there. Either way, the liquor has a residual mystique that adds to its fun and its perfect for Halloween. We balanced our beverages out with a big bowl of popcorn and grilled cheese sandwiches and declared the day a winner. Check out these vintage and modern drinks — all of them perfect for any Halloween party you might be throwing this weekend.
Could there even be a better name for a Halloween drink? I mean really. This one isn’t being gimmicky or anything. I don’t know how it got its name but it started out as a martini that someone added absinthe to and the Obituary was born. Surprisingly, we liked it — me more than the others — but the absinthe is a strong flavor that balanced out the gin. And this is easy to make: 2 oz good gin with 1/4 oz dry vermouth and 1/4 oz absinthe. Next Halloween I might make me another. : )
What a horrible name huh? Is it any surprise that this drink died off? It’s popularity peaked in 1923 and I’m doubting we’ll see a comeback anytime soon. But it had a real pretty color and the taste was pretty darn decent really. Plus, it too was super simple to make: 2 oz. gin with 1 oz orange juice and a dash of grenadine and absinthe.
This is absinthe in its purest form straight out of the bottle and absinthe as they tell you to serve it. You’re supposed to put it in a glass, put the absinthe spoon over the glass (comes with the bottle), put a sugar cube on that and then add cold water to melt the sugar cube into the glass. Pretty dang cool. We felt like we were in some backstreet bar in old Paris! Just for the briefest second of course. : )
Do you love it?!? This is just your typical Bloody Mary with a great new name and made with black vodka. The perfect drink for a Halloween weekend brunch.
This was our own creation and quite tasty — whipped cream vodka, dash of orange juice and a nice pile of candy corns for decor.
Fun and refreshing — coca cola, grenadine, and more black vodka. Easy and fun!
Hey and to top off the day as Tea left, Brian arrived — direct from Portland. And get this — he ran another full marathon today (he makes it look easy!) and shaved almost a full hour off his last time! Razzle and Dazzle!