Category: alcoholic

Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is such a glorious, hedonistic drink that many have been driven to wax lyrical about it. Below are just a few of the many:

Champagne, the Quotes

Champagne is the one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired.
– Brigitte Bardot

Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it.
– Madame de Pompadour

ChampersChampagne, if you are seeking the truth, is better than a lie detector. It encourages a man to be expansive, even reckless, while lie detectors are only a challenge to tell lies successfully.
– Graham Greene

In a perfect world, everyone would have a glass of Champagne every evening.
– Willie Gluckstern

I only drink Champagne when I’m happy, and when I’m sad sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company, I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I am hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.
– Lily Bollinger

My only regret in life is that I didn’t drink enough Champagne.
– Dying words, John Maynard Keenes

Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient Champagne.
– Dorothy Parker

There comes a time in every woman’s life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne.
– Bette Davis

Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.
– Mark Twain

Why do I drink Champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everyone?
– Noel Coward

Beer, Ale, Lager & Malt

Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Benjamin Franklin

Beer, Ale, Lager & Malt

What is the difference?

Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think,
A.E. Housman

Singja Thai lager Beer

Singja Thai lager Beer

God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.
– Anne Sexton

He was a wise man who invented beer.
– Plato

Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer.
– Frederick the Great

Teetotalers seem to die the same as others, so what’s the use of knocking off the beer.
– A. P. Herbert (British author & politician)

The best beer in the world is the open bottle in your hand.
– Danny Jansen

Where does one not find that bland degeneration which beer produces in the spirit.
– Friedrich Nietzsche

Hobgoblin extra strong ale

Hobgoblin extra strong ale

Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s way to man.
– A.E. Housman (1859-1936)

Mudslide Milkshake

This milkshake is for adults only.  It is delicious, sumptuous and utterly thirst quenching but as it contains alcohol, this is out-of-bounds for the little darlings.

This is a mummy-me-time treat.

If you still have a bit left over from that large bottle of Baileys during the New Year celebration, then the thrifty in you should worry no more as there is a recipe to finish that bottle off.  😉

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Mudslide Milkshake

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Baileys or any other Irish cream liqueur

1/4 cup chocolate vodka

1 pint coffee ice-cream

1 frozen banana (chop before freezing!)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Preparation:

Using a food processor, combine the chocolate vodka, Baileys, coffee ice-cream and the frozen slices of bananas.  Blend until it has turned into a ‘smoothie’ consistency.

Serve in tall glasses and top with a generous sprinkle of cocoa powder.

Now, enjoy and listen to Taylor Swift’ Shake It Off at full volume!!!

Shake it off, shake it off

 

 

 

Cocktail: Singapore Sling

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A very sophisticated cocktail and yet a very easy to make and to follow recipe.

Enjoy a Singapore Sling during the Christmas season but please bear in mind that alcohol and driving are not compatible.

Be safe out there.

Singapore Sling recipe:

25ml gin

50 ml cherry brandy

1/2 lime, juiced

1-2 drops of Angostura bitters (optional)

ice cubes

cocktail cherries to garnish

150ml soda water, chilled

Preparation:

Mix together the gin, cherry brandy, lime juice and Angostura bitters.  (By the way the use of Angostura is optional, you do not have to add it but it would add a kick to your cocktail.)

Pour into cocktail glasses.  Add the ice cubes.

Garnish with a cocktail cherry each.

Finish off by topping the glasses with chilled soda water.

Cin cin!

helpful tips Always serve cocktails immediately.  Remember the ingredients will separate if the cocktail is left to stand.

 

 

Green Mango Cocktail Recipe

I had this green mango smoothie cocktail when we went to club in Malate in Manila, Philippines.  I had several cocktails all to myself but I found the green mango cocktail the best of the lot.

At first I thought I was not going to like it. I was thinking it would be so sour that it would be undrinkable.

Much to my surprise, it was delicious, it was refreshing and most of all, it was alcoholic. 🙂 It was a real revelation.

There was a very strong taste of the mango that I was more than inclined to enquire if they had bagoong to go with it. LOL

Unfortunately, no they don’t have bagoong so had to settle for pizza.

Anyways the green mango smoothie left an indelible memory with me that I have searched for a recipe that would taste like it.

Below seems to fit the bill.

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Green Mango Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar (can be substituted with 4 tablespoons of honey)

1/2 cup hot water

2 unripe mangoes, peeled and de-stoned, then cut in cubes

2 cups crush ice

50ml vodka (do not add this if you want it non-alcoholic)

Preparation:

Dissolve the sugar or honey into the hot water and then set aside to cool.

Using a food processor, blend the mango cubes with the cooled sugar syrup and crushed ice.  Blend until smooth and creamy.

Just before serving add the vodka and give it a good stir.

Enjoy!

Bellini

I had taken two finger-bowls of Champagne, and the scene had changed before my eyes into something significant, elemental, and profound.
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is sumptuous and decadent. I reckon this should be sipped while half listening to  jazz playing in the background, a la Harry’s Bar, which incidentally Bellini originated from.

Apparently the original cocktail was made from prosecco, which was a sparkling wine in Venice. Our recipe is made from champagne, for more indulgence.

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Bellini

Ingredients:

3 medium ripe peaches, chopped coarsely.
1 cup peach schnapps
750 ml chilled champagne
10 sugar cubes

Preparation (all of 5 minutes)

1. In a food processor, blend the chopped peaches and schnapps until smooth.
2. Pour the peaches mix into a large pitcher or jug.
3. Add the champagne and give it a good stir.
4. Have 10 champagne flutes at the ready, each with a sugar cube.
5. Top it with the Bellini cocktail.
6. Serve!

Ginger and whisky Mojito

Summer may have been officially over here in the UK, but parties are just about to start. There is the Halloween party, Guy fawkes’ Night, Christmas parties and New Year’s pary.

A bit of mojito will, I am sure, be appreciated.

Just be responsible. Don’t drink and drive!

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Photograph by John Cullen

Ginger and whisky Mojito

Ingredients:

  • 8 limes, sliced
  • 28g  mint, leaves only
  • 1 tbsp demerara or brown sugar
  • 300ml whisky (a blend rather than single malt works best here)
  • ice cubes
  • 2 litres cloudy ginger beer, chilled

To make:

  • Place the limes and sugar in a pitcher and give it a good stir to dissolve the sugar granules.
  • Using a wooden spoon, rolling pin or a mezzaluna, crush or chopped the mint leaves roughly to release the flavour.  Then add the crushed mint to the pitcher and stir it in.
  • Add the whisky and again, stir well.
  • Fill with ice; top up with ginger beer.
  • Enjoy!

This recipe is from Sainsbury, where you can buy all the ingredients.

Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity.
~Voltaire

Australian Iced Tea Recipe

 

Australian Iced Tea

IMG_0006This cocktail is a very refreshing one. Just right for a hot summer’s day or during a rather hectic party celebration. This sure will keep you going.

And with all the ingredients at hand, it would only take 5 minutes to make excluding making the sugar syrup.

To make the sugar syrup
Combine half a cup of water with half a cup of caster sugar in a small saucepan.  Heat it up and stir continuously until the sugar granules have dissolved.  Bring it to the boil then remove from heat; let it cool and refrigerate until needed.

 

Ingredients: (This is only to treat yourself, adjust the ingredients if you wanted to share 😉 lol)

3 teaspoons chilled sugar syrup (see above for the recipe)

3 teaspoons vodka

3 teaspoons white rum

3 teaspoons while tequila

2 teaspoons Cointreau

3 teaspoons gin

3 teaspoons lime juice

6 ice cubes

1/3 cup crush ice

1/3 cup chilled ginger beer

Lime wedge to garnish (I am afraid I used all the lime to make the juice will buy extra next time.)

 

 

IMG_0004 Preparation:
1. Combine syrup, vodka, rum, tequila, Cointreau, gin, juice and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake like you have never shaken before. Ooops the cocktail has gotten to me a bit. hickkk

2. Place crush ice in a cocktail glass or any pretty stem glass; strain the the cocktail mixture over the ice.

3. Top with ginger beer. If you have a leftover lime, cut it into a nice wedge and use as garnish by anchoring it on the lip of the glass.

Enjoy!

Remember: NEVER EVER DRINK AND DRIVE!!!

Excerpt from The Tin Trumpet – Horace Smith

LOVE SONG.

WHAT mistress half so dear as mine,
Half so well dressed, so pungent, fragrant,
Who can such attributes combine,
To charm the constant, fix the vagrant?
Who can display such varied arts,
To suit the taste of saint and sinner,
Who go so near to touch their hearts,
As thou, my darling dainty dinner?

Still my breast holds a rival queen,
A bright-eyed nymph of sloping shoulders,
Whose ruddy cheeks and graceful mien
Entrance the sense of all beholders.
Oh! when thy lips to mine are pressed,
What transports titillate my throttle!
My love can find new life and zest,
In thee, and thee alone, my bottle!

Horace SmithThe Tin Trumpet

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