Our mission: to help in the transition from drinker of quantity to drinker of quality. Along the way, we'll have some laughs, or someone's catching heck. Prolly me.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tecate Michelada

Photo by Nick de la Torre
I woke up last Saturday after much celebrating with my brother in Chicago - great brother, great town.  Accompanied by his roomate we headed to a taco place called Big Star to get our heads together. We got seated at the bar and ordered a round of micheladas, made with tecate and a mixture (roughly speaking) of tomato juice, spices, lime, and hotsauce (probably some other stuff too), served on ice in a beerglass with a salted rim (remaining 1/2 can of tecate on the side).

There was an approximate "mexican bloody mary" vibe but the beer was very light and added a quality like seltzer, beer seltzer, which lightened up the drink and embodied refreshing - not at all thick like a bloody mary.  Great flavor, and the salt and heat made you thirsty as you were drinking, which was instantly refreshed and quenched as you drank more - rinse and repeat. Highly satisfying.

I meant it when I said I could stay there all day... settled for a half day.
No tried and true recipe to offer up here, so rather than spring something untested on you, you can either go check out Big Star if you get a chance (great cheap eats), or look up some recipes on the web and experiment at home.  My kind of science.

GQ's 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America, 2010

Eastern Standard, Boston -GQ
Well my friends, here it is, the moment you (or at least I) have been waiting for: GQ's 25 Best Cocktail Bars in America, 2010. While they do offer a recipe or two, GQ mostly describes the atmosphere and signature cocktail of each featured bar. Many are in NYC and California, but not all, so it's still fun looking to see if there is a bar near you, or any of your vacation spots. GQ also lists The 3 Best Spirit-Specific Cocktail Bars (all three are in NYC and Cali -natch), The Anatomy of a $15 Cocktail, a subject I myself have much to say about, and finally, the 3 Best Restaurant Cocktail Bars (Cali and -surprise!- New Orleans).

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Nina Simone - The Pusher

Another masterpiece from the 1974 live album "It Is Finished." Going on instinct I felt that a bright, light, citrusy, whiskey-based cocktail would be appropriate to this song. I was not disappointed:

Whiskey Rickey:
1 1/2 oz whiskey
1/2 lime
1 lime wedge
Carbonated water
Highball glass, filled with ice

Pour whiskey and and juice of 1/2 a lime into a highball glass. Fill with carbonated water and gently stir. Garnish with lime wedge.

"Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter" by Nina Simone

A masterpiece from the 1974 live album "It Is Finished." While I can see no other accompaniment to this song then whiskey, I wonder which type would be best? Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Link to Two GQ Articles

I'll be posting original content soon, swear, but in the mean-time, thar be an interesting article about some crappy, jack-ass cocktails.

Thar be some better, but still fancy-ass cocktails.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Some Quotes

"One of the hallmarks of the baby boomer generation is that it doesn't live like the previous generation. It hasn't yet given up jeans and T-shirts or beer."
-Ron Klugman, SVP, Coors Brewing

"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer."
-Abraham Lincoln

"We old folks have to find our cushions and pillows in our tankards. Strong beer is the milk of the old."
-Martin Luther

"Make sure that the beer - four pints a week - goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get a drop."
-Winston Churchill to his Secretary of War, 1944

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."
-Frank Zappa

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Our mission: to help in the transition from drinker of quantity to drinker of quality. Along the way, we'll have some laughs, or someones getting fired. Probably me.