Pope Floats

WHAT A WEEK.   Here on the East Coast we close up shop for a three day weekend – and for all intents and purposes, we’ll call it Indigenous People’s Day.   I’m taking off on a field trip tomorrow to Salem, Massachusetts, and will have a wonderful witchy concoction for you when I return.

Since it IS Friday and you might just want a fun little something to start your night out with – I’ll give you a quick, easy tutorial on layering Bailey’s on top of just about any sweet spirit.  (Bailey’s is a notorious curdler in things like colas and fruit based lemony snickety stuff…so stick to things like Amaretto, Kahlua – and syrupy dense sweet schnapps…  then when we WANT it to curdle I’ll show you that too!  I know, what?  it happens…)

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Did you catch that?  …..   See it’s all in the spoon – but what you’ll find floating Bailey’s on top of Amaretto is that it kind of just bloops up to the top anyway…but for a pretty separation use a spoon.   Also, chill these puppies because those two liquors taste kind of blech when warm…

So there…. the Pope Floats.   Float-y Bailey’s on top of Italian Amaretto (I almost went for a Brazilian liquor but I figured I’d honor the Vatican as a whole…I’m sure they would approve.  😉 )    Shoot one tonight before dancing the night away, or before watching Shark Tank.  It’s your life.

Back soon with THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SALEM!

*jumps on broom and takes off!

Bar Basics (barsics)

Before our big jaunt into spilling and shaking and pouring tomorrow, you’ll need to stock up on some bar gear.

If you have two glasses and ice you can make a nice drink, so don’t worry if you don’t have a bar set yet, but they are wonderful additions to a kitchen.  Bed Bath & Beyond has a great 9 pc. one for thirty dollars from Libbey:  bar set

Wayfair.com/Overstock/Target…your Mom’s basement – you’ll find something fun.   Just make sure you have a shaker, a strainer, a muddler, and a shot glass.

Martini, High Ball, Rocks, Daiquiri – they all have a reason, a history…some of them are just irritating (don’t get me started on my disdain for the sloshy Margarita glass)…but they are all worth a try.  Collect as you go.

DID YOU KNOW- there are three types of shakers:

The Boston (this is what you see at a good ol dive bar, and it’s my favorite) – metal bottom, pint glass top, crack like an egg to strain.

The Cobbler – metal bottom, metal top with strainer in it, third cap to measure shots.   Attempt to crack but it won’t because it freezes together EVERY TIME and you yank and pull and run water on it and throw it at a wall and now your guests have left and you FAIL.

The French –  My tipsy shaker is a hammered copper fronch shaker my parents found in the seventies at a little Nantucket shop!  It is the best thing I’ve ever mixed a drink in.   The French is a metal bottom (you can use the half from the Cobbler you threw at the wall), a metal top or plastic top (it doesn’t look pretty but won’t freeze to the bottom), and a separate strainer ring that slaps on the bottom and works very well at keeping icebergs out of your tini.

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Get a shaker that you like, but I’m very seriously warning you about that Cobbler.  I’ve never enjoyed them.  They are not used in bars.  There is a good reason.

SO…get your gear.  Get excited.  Let’s light this candle!

Cheers and welcome!

Is there a better joy than gathering with friends and sharing a special libation and a weekly catch-up? For my past (cough cough) two decades, that was Friday happy hour.

Years of bartending and soiree throwing gave me some really great tips on crafting drinks, and lifelong friends with a humorous take on the whys and whos and hows of the universe.

With the birth of my son and a move to a New England coastal community, I traded my bar rag for the legal field, and a fully stocked liquor cabinet for a weekly craft beer find in the fridge.

Since my baby shower gifts did not include a full time nanny – and I bet yours didn’t either – I’ve taken to making stay at home weekends fun by mixing a drink based on the season, the holiday, the whim. I’d like to share those ideas with you – show you what on earth “painting the glass” really means, what ice is best in a rum and coke, how to get that salt to stick to your margarita rim, and how to mix for a party. Cocktails can be art, and the breakdown makes them fun AND easy for anyone to join me in creating. Hide that old bottle of red for a night (or break it out for Sangria week) and check out the wow you can make for yourself or friends.

Shake up your weekend!