Showing posts from December, 2015

The Bar Cart

At a request from a "Usual Suspect" (A.M.) I decided to get in one more post before the end of 2015. The question was what should I stock my bar cart with?

Now while it is true I have several blogs (see links at the end of this post) I have never addressed the bar cart and this could prove tricky due to space restrictions. I always wanted to have an antique bar cart and in a way I do.

The only difference is mine is technically not a cart.

So here we go...

You will want to stock the base liquors and I recommend a mid-range quality as you are limited on space.

Vodka: Absolute modest price, but a good quality vodka

Gin: I really do not like skimping on gin as this is the base for a good martini. So Hendricks is my choice here. However a nice quality at a very modest price is New Amsterdam.

Whiskey: Well here is where you can really go crazy, however for Whiskey Cocktails I recommend on Bourbon and one Rye Whiskey, I would go with Four Roses Yellow Label and Old Overholt Rye.


Randy's Unwrapped North Pole

Hum? Sound well...

Anyway, every year as a member of the Four Roses Mellow Moments Club Four Roses sends me a Christmas Card (as well as a birthday card) hand signed by the staff at Four Roses Distillery. They year in the card then sent a link for a personal cocktail designed especially for me. (or anyone) You have to answer a few quick questions

and you get a cocktail created for your own personal tastes.

Mine was Randy's Unwrapped North Pole

As you probably are not surprised I had all the ingredients to make it

1 1/2 ounce Four Roses (pick your type)
1 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce DOM Benedictine
1/2 ounce Italian vermouth

Method: In a ice filled mixing glass, add all ingredients and stir, strain into a rocks glass with large ice cubes, garnish with an orange twist

An excellent sipping holiday cocktail and I know at least 1 or 2 (S. and S. M.) will enjoy it.

Cheers and Happy Holiday Sipping
The Professor

Two Drunk Bimbos on a Train

or the day the bar car closed at noon.

As most of my loyal readers know we frequently take trips on the Amtrak. Recently was yet another adventure riding the rails (Clickity Clack) as we were off to St. Louis for the weekend. As seasoned rail travelers and professional drinkers we always carry a well stocked bar along with an ample supply of ice. We learned a long time ago that the bar car can run out of many items and you do not want to get halfway to your destination only to discover you need another drink.

On this particular day we choose our seats and waited for the train to pull out of the station. As the train slowly began to move I took inventory of those around me and did not notice anything out of the norm. Of course on the train you have to have some latitude for what the norm actually is as you do see some strange things when you travel by rail.

We started with our bloody marys and chatted quietly and about an hour out I started reading a book. I looked up and noticed that …

Repeal Day

Imagine not being able to drink a cocktail (legally) for thirteen years... the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, mandated nationwide Prohibition on alcohol on January 17, 1920.

 Those dark years finally came to an end on Repeal Day, December 5, 1933 with the passing of the 21st Amendment which revoked the very unpopular 18th Amendment.

 And the celebration lives on. After all, being able to enjoy a cocktail is a freedom not to be taken lightly. Not then. Not now.

So pick your drink and give a toast!

Oh and look at this (hint it would make a great Christmas gift for one or more of your usual suspects)

Mad Men Cocktail Glasses

The Professor