Hurricane anyone?

Wow!  New York and other New England states are bracing for Hurricane Irene, due to slam into us starting this Saturday night. 


What to do, what to do?


Run to the store, stock up on all the “necessities” that you really won’t need but.. when facing an emergency, one can’t have too many bags of Ranch-flavored Dorito’s or other sinful snacks.  Do remember to charge those cell phones and have plenty of scented (my hubs hates those) candles on hand if the power goes out.   Next….

Drink !!

After one of these, whatever havoc Irene wreaks won’t matter!


For six servings….

6 oz Vodka
1.5 oz Grenadine  Syrup
6 oz Gin
6 oz Light Rum
3 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
6 oz Amaretto Almond Liqueur
6 oz Triple Sec
Grapefruit juice
Pineapple juice

Pour all but the juices, in order listed, into a hurricane glass three-quarters filled with ice. Fill with equal parts of grapefruit and pineapple juice, and serve. 
**If you want to make a Frozen Hurricane, put all of the ingredients into a blender, as listed, add ice and blend until all nice and slushy.  Of course, if you lose power and don’t have a generator, just revert to the non-frozen directions.  <s>



Double Bubble Cocktail

This is positively weird, even silly,  but I couldn’t resist sharing this cocktail.

                                               Got Gum?  

    Not just any gum, we’re talkin’ good ol’ Double Bubble here! 


Oh stop!  Don’t go “eeewwww” and stick up your nose, where is your sense of adventure?  Give it a try…okay?






You will need…

  • 16 pieces bubblegum, preferably Double Bubble, cut in half
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) vodka
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) freshly squeezed lemon juice (from ½ lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) freshly squeezed lime juice (from ½ lime)
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
  • 1/2 egg white* or 1 tablespoon pasteurized liquid egg whites (optional)
  • 1 cup ice

*The egg white in this recipe is not cooked. If there is a problem with salmonella in your area omit the egg white or use pasteurized egg whites.



In large airtight container, combine bubblegum and vodka. Seal and allow to infuse, stirring every 6 hours, for 24 hours. Pour vodka through fine mesh strainer, discarding bubble gum.

In cocktail shaker, stir together 2 ounces bubblegum-infused vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup, and egg white if using. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe (champagne) glass.

                                                So pretty in pink….and tasty, too!


The Green Fairy


I’ve always been taken with the 1992 version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, especially  the scene where Gary Oldman as Dracula seduces Mina (Winona Ryder), the apple of his eye, with a drink of Absinthe, reciting the following lines as he takes young Mina’s mortality: “Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the self. The Green Fairy who lives in the Absinthe wants your soul. But you are safe with me.”

Sure Gary (I mean Dracula), we believe you….

Absinthe is a highly alcoholic spirit made from various herbs with a natural green color (hence the moniker “green fairy”). It has the distinct taste of anise (licorice) and is classically served diluted with water and a sugar cube.

You may have heard about the hallucinogenic Absinthe of the Van Gogh era, often called the “green fairy” because it supposedly made people see things that weren’t actually there.  In the 1800 and 1900s, Absinthe was made with an additive called wormwood; this was what caused it to be a hallucinogenic.  Because of its mind-altering effects, this spirit of lore came to be banned in the early 1900s, worldwide.

Today’s Absinthe no longer contains wormwood. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, many European countries began legalizing the production and sale of Absinthe and the United States followed suit in 2007.  In recent years, Absinthe has reincarnated itself as a new and highly sought spirit in the cocktail world and has become a premium alcohol in the current cocktail craze.  Old-style and Prohibition Era cocktails are wildly en vogue.

Absinthe can be mixed with other spirits or flavors like Champagne, Vodka, elderflower, grapefruit juice or ginger, among many other combinations. When preparing an Absinthe cocktail, remember that it has an incredibly strong anise flavor, so mix accordingly.

To serve authentically, you will need a traditional Absinthe spoon, cold water, a sugar cube, and of course a glass filled with Absinthe. To serve you simply rest the spoon on the glass of Absinthe, place the sugar cube on the spoon and drip the cold water over the sugar cube so that the water melts the sugar and it flows into the Absinthe, making it cloudy and slightly diluted.


Here are a few,  sip-sational,  Absinthe cocktails……

1 shot Absinthe Original
1/2 shot Curacao
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons orange juice
1 thin slice of orange

Stir ingredients and pour over crushed ice in a deep-saucer champagne glass. Add orange slice.


1 part of Absinthe Original
1/2 part of Jack Daniels
1/2 of gin
1/4 of Archers Peach Schnapps
1 part of Red Bull
Drop of cranberry juice.

Shake ingredients with ice and strain into ice filled collins glass.


1 part of white rum

1 part of Grenadine
1 part of Absinthe Original
1 part of Apricot brandy
3 parts of orange juice

Mix with crushed ice and top it up with absinthe.


3 oz Bombay Sapphire gin
1/2 oz Absinthe Original
1/2 oz Grand Marnier orange liqueur
dry vermouth
1 orange peel

Properly chill 1 cocktail glass. In mixing glass with ice, pour gin and absinthe, and stir. In your cocktail glass, roll 1/2 oz of dry vermouth and throw away the excess. Strain other ingredients into cocktail glass and float 1/2 oz of Grand Marnier over top. Garnish with orange peel.

My suggestion?  Try one on a stormy, rainy night while watching the Dracula DVD!