Showing posts from March, 2015

The Baypoint Condo Crawl

Baypoint Condo Crawl comes but once a year
So raise a glass and give a cheer

We have had as few as 4 and as many as 13
and always one of the best times you have ever seen

We have crawled in rain and crawled in snow
and even a couple of interlopers couldn't ruin the show

One year Nancy and I went down on the ice
and probably would still be there if Bob Swartz wasn't so nice

You probably think me a liar, but
One year we even had a fire

From popcorn to Steve's spicey shrimp creole we have had most fare
and you can have the food Bob Mcallister serves only if you dare

One year R and P and S and C were clearly trying to settle a score
Perhaps that is why they stayed up till Four

We finally made it to building 373
We will find out after this year if it is the place to be

From constitutes to themes we have had many a doin
We have even had two guys a spoonin

We know by now the crawl is one of the best
You can see that clearly by the number of guests

The Bourbon and Cigars signal th…

5 Top Cigars

I get asked this question all the time. "What are your 5 favorite Cigars?" Well as far as manufactures go that is easy, however narrowing down the choices to individual Cigars is not as easy.

The Top 5 Manufactures/Companies are as follows

Alec Bradley
E.P. Carillo

The next will be a little tricky as I rate my sticks on two main criteria, taste combined with cost point.  It should also come as no surprise that all sticks are more on the full body side. So here we go.

5.   Ashton San Cristobal Papagayo: Using a blend of rich mixture of Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers. Carefully balanced and patiently aged, these hand-selected . You get a great full body taste from this stick.

4. E. P. Carillo Inch Maduro: What I really like about this cigar is that it is a true "man's cigar"  Masterfully constructed with a dark, chocolate wrapper. The smoke is rich with cocoa, leather, and coffee, yet balanced with a sweet, spicy finish.

3.  Camacho Corojo…

Smoking Bourbon

A month or so back Central Patti and I were in the Manifesto enjoying a few craft cocktails. One of her favorites that evening was The Smoke and Choke. Now I have to admit that I did not try it, however as this is the time of year I spend a lot of time in my Cocktail Lab Central Patti Challenged me to give it a try.

So off to the internet I went and found a couple of You Tube channels that outlined the entire process. The most challenging part was to smoke the Bourbon, which it the base spirit of the Smoke and Choke.

There were several ways I could accomplish this. Use my smoker, smoke a cocktail shaker or use liquid smoke. However, I wanted to go the technical route so I bought a Smoking Gun (insert joke here)

I chose the one from Poly Science that was available on Amazon. This gun is very easy to use by following the directions (just DON'T pack the wood chips to tight) and in ten minutes or so you have smoked bourbon. There are many other uses for this piece of equipment as well…

Expanding You Bar

Ok so a lot of you must have liked the post on Stocking Your Bar for Your First Cocktail Party because I have been receiving many questions from the article. The most common is ok the party went well now what do I need to expand it?

First I have to say that stocking a bar initially is fairly easy, however expansion can be a little difficult and not that inexpensive. However, there are a few pointers you can follow to make this process easier and a little less expensive.

Now that you have had a party you kind of know your guests and their individual tastes and that is one way to go. Add items that you may have received request for from your first party.

Another way to go is to find a Cocktail that looks interesting to you and add just the ingredients to make that specific Cocktail.

I can hear you now, "Yea, yea, but I need more specific help." Ok here you go...

Add a bottle of Tequila, not the cheapest you can find nor the most expensive. I like Camarena Reposado as it has a …