Cocktail of the Week: Bourbon Sweet Tea

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Well, here it is July in California’s Central Valley and it is starting to get hot. Today it got up to 100° F, tomorrow it’s supposed to get up to 104° F?! What are you supposed to drink in that kind of weather? What could possibly be appropriate? Iced Tea wouldn’t be a bad idea, even better if it’s sweet tea. Sweet Tea, while being delicious, isn’t a cocktail though…

Until you add bourbon to it.

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The ingredients

Bourbon Sweet Tea
(makes 1 pitcher)

  • 3 cups of black tea
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 cup bourbon

Add sugar to tea. Put tea on stove and heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Let tea cool for a few minutes. While tea is cooling add, lime, lemon, orange, and bourbon to a large pitcher. Pour tea into pitcher. Chill. Serve in small glasses with a lemon wheel for garnish.

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This was a lot like drinking candy. Delicious citrus flavored sweet tea and with a little hint of bourbon on the way down. In the future, I’d pour the tea into chilled glasses or serve it on ice to really get it cold. This was so refreshing on a hot, California summer evening.

Let’s Play the Secret of Monkey Island, Part 5

No Three headed monkeys or Le Chuck, Just this prisoner

Guybrush exits the alley and gioes into the next building, but it’s just a church with nothing in it, so he goes over to the next one. The one with all the bars on it:



Okay, add another thing to the list: breath mints. Just one last building on this screen. The building to the right of the alley. Guybrush heads there now. Continue reading

Cocktail of the Week: Bloody Mary

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Summer means Gazpacho soup for dinner and Gazpacho means V8 juice. And when you have a container of V8 in the fridge it’s the most natural thing in the world to start thinking about Bloody Marys. The definitive morning cocktail.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Bloody Mary

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 6 oz. tomato juice or V8
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 dash Sriracha  Sauce

Stir all together in an iced highball glass. Sprinkle celery salt on top. Garnish with celery.

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You’ll notice this recipe has one small alteration from the traditional recipe: Sriracha. We don’t keep, or use, Tabasco sauce in this house. I don’t know if there is anything I can say about the Bloody Mary that hasn’t been said before by a better writer. Spicy, fruity, and with lots of umami it’s like a meal in itself. Also, makes for a pretty good pick me up first thing in the morning on a weekend…