Sep
2013

DRINK No. 2 – Bishop Cocktail

We had a nice evening with friends last night, playing a few games of Holy Board (look it up on Google) in the backyard before eating wonderful squash-apple soup and a fantastic dish of organic vegetables and cheese wrapped in dough and baked for 40 minutes – a kind of pot pie.  We enjoyed it with white wine.  After dinner, we sat in the gorgeous evening air around a fire pit, listening to music, sipping scotch and bourbon and smoking fine AVO XO cigars.  A perfect night, beating the rain which didn’t start until after midnight.

Today the sunshine returned, and while Fall is in the air, today felt more like summer.  Tonight my wife is making fondue for dinner.  I thought to treat her to a variation of a typical summer drink – the Sangria (which she loves but rarely has).  The drink is called a Bishop Cocktail.  Here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz rum (I used Barcardi)
  • 1 oz red wine (I used TrumpeTer, 1999, a Melbec, because my wife will soon be traveling to Argentina with a friend)
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.
  2. Strain into a chilled red wine glass.

Here is a photo:

Bishop Cocktail

Bishop Cocktail

My wife’s review:  Instantly reminded me of a Sangria.  Good choice for last waning days of summer.  Not my go-to drink.  A bit strong.  Needs to ice to water it down.

 

 

Sep
2013

DRINK No. 1 – Admiral Schley Punch

It’s been a rather blah summer.  Not too hot.  And lately, the last couple of days, it has actually felt a bit like Fall.  What’s with that?  Anyway, I just got this blog up and running, and my wife is at the grocery store.  She knows nothing of this blog yet.  I called her and asked her to pick up some limes, pineapple and mint sprigs.  She is wondering what the hell is going on.

A nice tropical drink for Fall weather is called Admiral Schley Punch.  It’s a bourbon drink, and as bourbon is my go to drink, I thought I would start with something we both certainly will enjoy.

Here is how I made it:

  • 1 lime
  • 1 ounce rum (I used Bacardi Gold)
  • 1 ounce bourbon (I used Elmer T. Lee)
  • 1 teaspoon bar sugar or simple syrup
  • Garnish: mint sprig and pineapple wedge

Peel lime with a vegetable peeler and add green zest to cocktail shaker. Juice lime and add all of the juice (about 1/2 ounce) to cocktail shaker along with rum, bourbon, and sugar. Fill shaker with ice and shake 15 seconds until well chilled.  Pour mixture along with ice into goblet without straining. Garnish with mint sprig and pineapple.

Admiral Schley Punch

Admiral Schley Punch

My wife’s review: Tasty and easy to drink.  A good Summer/Fall cocktail.  Cheery and colorful.  Definitely would have it again, but not a “go-to” drink.

Sep
2013

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog.

I created 300Drinks.com after hearing about the now famous blog, 300sandwiches.  300sandwiches is about a woman who is cementing her place in her boyfriend’s heart by making him sandwiches.  When she makes 300 of them, he will marry her.  Whatever you may think of this guy (or girl), it got me thinking about what sort of favor my wife would like on a semi-regular basis; that is, what is her “sandwich”.  What about doing the dishes, I asked.  Or unloading the dishwasher?  No, that’s simply dividing up household chores.  She then suggested that my making her a drink was her “sandwich”.  I laughed.  I’m easy, I said.  I always like a good bourbon, neat with just a single ice cube.  However, whenever I offer to fix her a cocktail, she hesitates and laments.  Like choosing a paint color or an ice cream flavor, she has trouble deciding what to drink.  She does not have a “go to” drink.  That’s when I got the idea for this blog.  Yes, it’s a blatant steal from 300sandwiches, but still, it’s the thought that counts.

I will make (or pour) my lovely wife 300 drinks.  Not all at once, mind you, but every now and again.  The drinks will range from hot, seasonal toddies to summer refreshers.  I will offer her up traditional cocktails (think “Old Fashioned”), to new “designer” cocktails.  I may throw in a wine or champagne drink on occasion.  The idea here is to offer up over the course of a year or more a fine selection of drinks and, perhaps, at the end of the experiment, she will have her “go to” drink.

What do I get in return?  Well, I’m already married to my wife, so I don’t need a proposal.  I do love bourbon, however.  When I am done with the 300 drinks, my wife has offered to take me on a trip to the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky!

I will post here the drinks, preferably with photos and recipes where appropriate, along with a short story as to how my wife enjoyed or did not enjoy the choice, and maybe you can bear witness to a narrowing of her favorites and, over time, a sense of who she is by way of the cocktail she drinks.

300 Drinks!  Let’s get started!