Brandy – Drink of Heroes
Claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men; but he who aspires to be a hero … must drink brandy.
– Samuel Johnson
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 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
Champagne, 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 is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
– Benjamin Franklin
What is the difference?
Ale, man, ale’s the stuff to drink for fellows whom it hurts to think,
Do not cease to drink beer, to eat,to intoxicate thyself, to make love and celebrate the good days.
– Egyptian Proverb
God has a brown voice, as soft and full as beer.
– Anne Sexton
He was a wise man who invented beer.
Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer.
– Frederick the Great
Teetotallers 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
Malt does more than Milton can to justify God’s way to man.
– A.E. Housman (1859-1936)
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. 😉
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
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
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:
50 ml cherry brandy
1/2 lime, juiced
1-2 drops of Angostura bitters (optional)
cocktail cherries to garnish
150ml soda water, chilled
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.