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).