Friday, December 18, 2009

Presents the lovely Julie London

Jazzy Cocktail Christmas Music, Julie London, was an American singer and actress. Best known for her smoky, sensual voice, she was at her singing career's peak in the 1950s. Her acting career lasted more than 35 years, ending with the role of nurse Dixie McCall, RN, on the television series Emergency!

All you baby boomers born in September were most likely conceived to this music .


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The History of Eggnog

Back in Europe of the 1700s, people liked to keep warm during the cold winters. A drink developed that mixed warm milk and eggs with Sherry or Brandy to keep the chill at bay. This was served in a noggin - a small, wooden mug. This became nicknamed as 'eggnog'.

During the 1800s this became hugely popular in England, especially at Christmastime. This was a classic punch served in large volumes to all holiday visitors. It was served both warm and cold to anyone who came calling during the winter season.

Cooked-egg Eggnog

Most eggnogs are made with raw eggs. If you're worried about raw egg, here's a version that cooks the egg mixture before using it.

6 eggs, large, separated into yolks and whites
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup half and half
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
1/4 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup cream sherry
1/4 cup dark rum

Cook the egg yolks, sugar, vanilla and milk in a double boiler until thickened and light lemon colored. Remove from heat and place in an ice bath, stirring until cold. Add the half and half and heavy cream. Heat the egg whites, salt and sugar over a pot of boiling water, stirring constantly, until 140 F.

Remove and beat with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form, fold this "meringue" into the egg/cream mixture. Chill for one hour before serving. Sprinkle with nutmeg before serving.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Tips for Buying Holiday Spirits

Some great tips for buying holiday Spirits.
Yeah ...I don't think I will ever get used to screw top wine .


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Tiki Bar TV - Holiday Special


1 oz. Blue Curacao

1 oz Coconut Rum

1/2 oz Apple juice

1 1/2 oz Orange juice

Serve in a tall cocktail glass over ice.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Stirred not shaken


Generally made of plastic, glass, sometimes metal, swizzle sticks are part of objects which are collected from bars.

Next to bottle openers, ashtrays, glass, swizzle sticks have attracted collectors since their creation. I'm sure we all have a few stashed away somewhere in a junk drawer.

Ordinarily swizzle sticks bear a brand logo, they are an ideal advertising medium for big companies. Indeed swizzle sticks bear brand or place colors. Whether for alcoholic beverages (whisky, gin, vodka, rum, etc...), soft drinks (cokes, water, fruit juice, syrups, etc...), cigarettes, air or cruise companies, or even places like bars, restaurants, casinos, discos, etc..., well all of them have their own swizzle sticks.
Here are some of my favorites...


Friday, November 27, 2009

The classic Martini is one of the drinks that every bartender should know. There are many ways to make a Martini: gin or vodka, little or no vermouth, stirred or shaken and an olive or lemon twist garnish. One drink, so many options.
Many other drinks are referred to as a Martini. Although this recipe is the original, we must go along with society in some respects and here are more of those Martini recipes.

View Video: The Modern Martini

•2 1/2 oz gin
•1/2 oz dry vermouth
•1 green olive or lemon twist for garnish
•orange or Angostura bitters (optional)
1.Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes.
2.Stir for 30 seconds.
3.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
4.Add a dash of orange or Angostura bitters if desired
5.Garnish with the olive or lemon twist.
There are many variations on the classic martini that are a personal preference:

•Dry Martini- Traditionally uses more dry vermouth, however recent trends define a Dry Martini as using little or no vermouth.
•Bone Dry or Desert Martini- No vermouth.

Drink responsibly !

Cheers !

Crazy Guggenheim/The Jackie Gleason Show

Frank Fontaine as the much loved Crazy Guggenheim on The Jackie Gleason Show from 1962. As a kid, it was my favorite part of the show. My dad would imitate him and get me and my sister's in a laughing frenzy.
Good times !

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Delicious Apple Crisp Martini

Enjoy this Apple Crisp Martini with your Thanksgiving feast,
It will surly be a hit !

Don't drink and drive.
And always drink responsibly !

Cheers !

Monday, November 23, 2009


Rarely seen theatrical short with original vocals by Carl Grayson

Spike Jones and His City Slickers were among the many performers showcased in "Soundies," short musical films designed to be played in special jukeboxes. In CLINK! CLINK! ANOTHER DRINK (1942), Del Porter leads the chorus and there's a featured vocal by Mel Blanc, the voice of many legendary cartoon characters (including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety and Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, and Barney Rubble).