Oct
2013

DRINK No. 4 – Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Our eldest daughter visited us from college this weekend, and our youngest (a sophomore in high school) had friends over for a halloween party.  We purchased a number of pumpkins and had intended to carve them this weekend.  Well, the best laid plans…  Sunday evening by the fire and time to think about drinks to settle in for nice Fall evening.  What would my wife like to drink?  Silly question.  After only three drinks, she still is without her “go to”, although she was tempted to repeat the orange-infused bourbon.  Well, we have all these pumpkins, and she was feeling like a bourbon, so…

Pumpkin Old Fashioned!

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

Pumpkin Old Fashioned

 

My wife likes the drink, although commented that it was rather sweet.  She wonders how it would be warmed.  It is a savory drink, and just right for a fireside evening.  I am hopeful that this will not be her “go to” drink, because making homemade pumpkin puree, while easy, is rather time-consuming.  Here is the recipe I used: http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/10/make-your-own-pumpkin-puree/

INGREDIENTS

2 tbsp. pumpkin puree
1 ½ oz. bourbon
1 oz. maple syrup
½ oz. Grand Marnier
dash orange bitters
Orange peel twist, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine pumpkin puree, bourbon, syrup, Grand Marnier and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain through a fine mesh strainer into a chilled old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with orange twist.

Oct
2013

DRINK No. 3 – Orange & Honey Rye Whiskey

We recently visited our son who is a freshman in college.  On our way in, he texted to us a request for a housewarming gift for his dorm room.  What did he have in mind?  Bourbon.  We stopped at a local liquor shop, a small dive next door to a guns and ammo store.  We frankly thought we would jump in, grab a bottle of Beam and jump out.  We were surprised.  Once inside, the place was a carnival of activity.  The small place was packed with staff and visitors.  A small bar was set up with free tastes of a flavored vodka, and the selection of bourbons was spectacular.  Yes, I bought a bottle of Beam for my son, but I couldn’t help but compliment the clerk for the store’s collection of whiskey.  Well, he called out Randy, the owner, and the next thing you know, he’s opening bottles and giving my wife and I tastes of bourbons and rums and specialty liquors we had not before enjoyed.  We were there about an hour.

I bring this up because that night I purchased a couple of bottles which I brought home with me.  It’s now been about a month since we’ve been home.  My wife has since been to Argentina and Uruguay and back with a girlfriend (she returned with some wonderful wine, which may qualify for another of the 300 drinks at a later date).  Tonight is her first night home, and after unpacking and going through mail, etc. she was not interested in a fancy cocktail, but she was interested in a drink.

Then she remembered our trip to our son’s college and, in particular, our trip to that liquor store, and our tastings with Randy.  She asked for a shot of Hochstadter’s Rock and Rye, Slow & Low Orange and Honey Straight Rye Whiskey.  This is an orange-infused rye whiskey (84 Proof) and has a wonderful flavor reminiscent of an Old Fashioned, even served neat, which is how we drank it.

It was as we remembered it when Randy served it to us in his store.  My wife enjoyed it as an easy to enjoy drink at the end of a long night and day of travel.  Not something she would drink everyday – far too much sweet flavor for that – but nevertheless, a nice drink to remember and return to now and again.

Drink No. 3.  Hochstadter's Rock and Rye, Slow & Low Orange & Honey Straight Rye Whiskey, served neat

Drink No. 3. Hochstadter’s Rock and Rye, Slow & Low Orange & Honey Straight Rye Whiskey, served neat

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!