What’s October without Octoberfest? Christmas without eggnog? New Years without champagne? That certainly seems to be the message from bonappetit.com with its article on food and drinks for 2012. And that should send 99 percent of the contiguous United States into fizzy celebration.
First up, beer – sort of. In this case, a variation on the venerable brewsky—a frothy beer cocktail. You’ve heard of Shandy of course, and Michelada, too. But what about Shock Me? Here’s the recipe from bonappetit.com:
- 1/4 cup brown ale
- 2 tablespoons bourbon
- 1 teaspoon Southern Comfort
- 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Plop ice (a lot, if you want) into the mix and stir gently. Transfer into a lowball glass (an Old Fashioned glass will do nicely), straining as you go. Now, get ready to be shocked.
There’s nothing like the old country when it comes to memories, romance, and, yes, wines. And there’s no place more replete with memories, romance, and wine than Sicily, with white Mount Etna a simmering, ever-watchful presence over the island and its many high-altitude vineyards. If you get the chance to go there, go with God and goblets, for it is truly a place of heavenly spirits. The reds are all the rage now, but also treat the palate and soul to whites such as Carricante, the outstanding wine that’s almost paper white but with a hint of lime green in its reflections.
Now this is not a drink, but it does go rather nicely with your favourite poison, thank you. Originally from Australia, where they certainly know a stiff drink or three, finger lime is now grown in equally sunny and drink-savvy California. Finger limes are the caviar of the fruit realm, though the juicy citrus is far the cheaper. Chefs are adding them to sauces and desserts, and bartenders are plonking the finger-sized fruits into cocktails and other concoctions. You should, too.
Java On My Mind
By Jove, java! Coffee, the godsend antidote (plus aspirin, of course) for hangovers. You can take it black (for garden-variety hangovers) or blacker (for hangovers that bring New Year’s resolutions), but what if you’re on the road and don’t have time to track down the place that serves your fave brew? No worries, says bonappetit.com, if you’ve got AeroPress. That’s a simple, hand-operated, plunger-like coffee maker that if it were a singing mouse would belt out, “Here I come to save the day!” All you need do to save yourself from the ravages of a hangover are: Put the filter on, cap the chamber, spoon in the coffee grounds, drench with hot water, stir, plunge the plunger. Coffee is served.
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