The Christmas Martini

December 24, 2010 at 9:15 am (Uncategorized)

Almost certainly, I should have published this earlier to give this recipe some time to find its way into Christmas parties. Nevertheless — better late than never — here is the Christmas Martini, something to sip while you wait for Santa:

  • 3 oz. dry gin
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint schnapps
  • 1 miniature candy cane

Stir with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the candy cane.

This drink comes with special effects. The red from the stripe in the candy cane will seep into the drink, slowly changing the bottom of the drink to a festive red. Drink quickly (or remove the cane) if you don’t want your cocktail to taste too much like peppermint.

An added bonus is fresh breath for chance encounters under the mistletoe.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!


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A Cocktail to Give Thanks for

November 21, 2010 at 7:41 am (Drinks)

For many years, I have begun the yearly ritual that Americans have of stuffing themselves on a Thursday afternoon in late November with a pleasant cocktail that has just the right zing to build an appetite for the turkey and the stuffing and the rest.

So, just in time for the annual event this year, I give you the Thanksgiving Cocktail:

  • 1 oz. dry gin
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1 oz. apricot brandy
  • a few drops of lemon juice

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Decorate with a cherry.


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To Your Health

August 31, 2010 at 9:55 pm (Health)

We’ve all heard the toast — some of us in several languages (“à votre santé” ring a bell?). It appears that this toast has more behind it than most of us thought. Consider this recent article in TIME:

A new paper in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that — for reasons that aren’t entirely clear — abstaining from alcohol does tend to increase one’s risk of dying, even when you exclude former problem drinkers. The most shocking part? Abstainers’ mortality rates are higher than those of heavy drinkers.

Well, personally, this result is not quite “shocking” to me. After all, how can you have an “old drunk” if the drunk didn’t live long enough to be old?

All kidding aside, however, the article does speculate on the underlying issues:

One important reason is that alcohol lubricates so many social interactions, and social interactions are vital for maintaining mental and physical health. As I pointed out last year, nondrinkers show greater signs of depression than those who allow themselves to join the party.

Well, I certainly hope that my readers will allow themselves to “join the party,” enjoy a drink, and participate in some social interactions on this blog. If for no other reason, do it for your health.

Let the lubrication begin. Cheers!

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August 31, 2010 at 9:51 pm (Politeness)

Hello. Pull up a chair. Make your self comfortable.

Welcome to my blog. Why do I have a blog? Why not? It seems like everyone has a blog these days. Consider this to be my feeble attempt to inject some intellect, reason, common sense, and (most importantly) a little humor into the blogosphere.

I can’t promise to be the most reliable or attentive host, but then again, most hosts that I have encountered have left much to be desired. So consider this to be your virtual cocktail party, with all of the guarantees that this entails (i.e., not much). Meanwhile, I thank you and congratulate you for having an attention span that is long enough to read what I have written.


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