AlcoHOLidays | National Rum Day | Cruzan Pineapple Passion

In honor of National Rum Day (August 16) I am delighted to share a recipe courtesy of Cruzan Rum, folks who have been so nice as to share with us several of their tasty libations this summer! (It’s also quite convenient as I am both up to my eyes in wedding projects and in the midst of a prolonged Internet outage right now.) What could be more tropically-minded than drinking something fruity from a pineapple, hmm? Not much, especially if you happen to have a little umbrella to put in there as well. Cruzan® Pineapple Passion: Ingredients: 2 parts Cruzan® Passion Fruit Rum
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AlcoHOLidays | Pina Colada Day | Van-Pina Colada

When I was very young and we lived with my grandmother, one of the many things I remember about her house was the wet bar in the living room. Tucked away to the right of the televisions and closed off by some bi-fold doors, I just thought (still think) it was one of the neatest things. And some nights my aunt would mix-up some pina coladas for the family and I would get my own (before the rum was added, of course) in a cute little glass that sort of looked like a miniature of those old fashioned sundae glasses.
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AlcoHOLidays | Memorial Day | Kilbeggan Waterwheel

***This post has been sponsored by Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey; a sample was received in consideration for Tuesday’s review as well as today’s recipe share. Other than that, no further compensation has been received and the opinions expressed below are entirely that of the author. No further affiliation with Kilbeggan Distillery is being claimed. And now with that out of the way…*** Memorial Day. Unofficial start to summer. Reason for barbecues and pool parties across the nation. Last 3-day-weekend until Labor Day. Excuse for car lots to piggy-back yet another tent sale with the waving of the red, white, and blue. ‘Oh, yeah,
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AlcoHOLidays | Birthday Special | Pineapple Birthday Cake

Okay, okay, while not a holiday in the strictest sense, birthdays are very important points in our lives and everyone has one (whether they choose to celebrate it or not). Since my birthday is next week I thought it would be a good idea to celebrate with a festive cocktail reminiscent of a decadent birthday cake with a fruity filling. Pineapple Birthday Cake 2 oz Whipped Cream Vodka 1 oz Pineapple Juice 1/2 oz Butterscotch Schnapps 1/4 oz Amaretto Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice and shake to get the party started. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass
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AlcoHOLidays | Peach Cobbler Day | Early Summer Peach

On the south side of Tallahassee there’s a butcher shop cum lunch counter that features different entrees each day of the week. It is a haven to southern comfort foods and on Fridays we used to go there to pickup meatloaf and mashed potatoes with cornbread and okra (or greens) for lunch. Used to because it was very rich and easily enough for two meals if you could restrain yourself. We weren’t very good at restraint. You had to go early–if you waited too much past noon to swing by they might be out of meatloaf for the day and
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AlcoHOLidays | National Lemon Cupcake Day | Lemon Cupcake Martini

Lemon tree very pretty And the lemon flower is sweet But the fruit of the poor lemon Is impossible to eat —chorus from Lemon Tree, as sung by Peter, Paul, & Mary Of course there are plenty of people who love the tart pucker-power of fresh lemons. There are probably just as many, though, that enjoy this yellow citrus in sweeter ways, like lemon curd or, in honor of the December 15th “holiday”, lemon cupcakes. This is totally one of those made-up holidays–not by me, but by someone who shouted loud enough at some point to make it onto a variety
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AlcHOLidays | National Bluebird of Happiness Day | Pursuit of Happiness

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, you say? Notice that it’s only the pursuit of happiness we’re guaranteed, not the finding or attainment. In the 1940 film The Blue Bird (starring Shirley Temple, speaking of drinks), the bird in question is given as a selfless gift, and then escapes. The moral being that the bluebird of happiness is always to be pursued, not captured. And from the 1934 song, be like I, hold your head up high, ’til you see a ray of light and cheer and so remember this, life is no abyss somewhere there’s a bluebird of happiness
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Cosmic Cocktails | Gemini | Twist of Fate

Depending on which lore you go with, the story of the Gemini is either based on the Green twins Castor and Pollus or the Babylonian friends Gilgamesh and Enkidu–either way, you’re dealing with a mortal and an immortal, a pair of like-minded souls. All mutable signs (signs that cover a change of seasons–in the case of Gemini from Spring Summer) represent at least a little duality or element of change. For The Twins, a common name for Gemini, the idea is very much in there being two, together, and sharing of their twin-ness. Gemini are adept at communication and learning,
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You Spin Me Right, Round & Upside Down

The same restaurant that served Todd that fabulous Lemon Drop Martini had another item on the menu that I wished I’d ordered instead of the all-alcohol pomegranate martini I nursed for the night. But we didn’t order it, so I have no idea what it tastes like, but it sounded so good I jotted down the description with a plan to try it out back home. Of course, that was three years ago and I’ve yet to experiment with this cocktail: until now. First, it had vanilla vodka–something we’d only recently encountered at the time and our favorite form of the otherwise
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A Little Change of Plans

So, this week we were supposed to all be surprised with the fabulous E-Alphatini, right? Yeah, about that, I’ve discovered my deadline for the cookbook project is coming up fast so a lot of my blogging time is taking a backseat for the month of August so I can get some serious, sloggy, un-fun data entry done. In the mean time, why not make up a batch or two of this drink that was previously posted as part of a Food & Game Pairing over on What to Feed Your Raiding Party. You sip, I’ll type, and we’ll all meet back here in 4 weeks
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