Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Creative Drinks?

A little over three years ago as I was moving into my condo, my next door neighbor (and wall-sharer) was moving out of his. He invited me in to take a look around and see if there was anything I wanted or needed that he wasn't going to move. I was slightly taken aback seeing how technically this person was a complete stranger but he seemed nice enough (former military officer in his 60s). Later in his basement when I spotted the handgun just lying around on a stack of papers, my nervous suspicions returned, but that's neither here nor there.

The point of the story is this: in addition to acquiring some folding plastic chairs, a step ladder and a pair of bar stools, he also gave me an entire box of alcohol which he said the moving company couldn't move across state lines. Weird alcohol. Alcohol so non-user-friendly that I can't even think of any good drinks to make with it. Sure, I could scour the internet for some drink recipes, but I thought maybe I'd open it up to you all first. I'll supply the ingredients, you supply the recipes. After all, I (we?) only have 8 more months to drink it before I'll have to pass it on the unsuspecting stranger who lives next door.

1L each of:
Anisette Basilica
Paramount Brandy
Peppermint Schnapps
the Christian Bros. Brandy

~325ml each of:
Courvoisier Cognac
Grand Marnier

a wee bit each of:


At 10:49 PM, September 13, 2005, Blogger Anne said...

How do you all feel about milk drinks? Sometimes I think they're disgusting (especially when made with cream) but I think I could tolerate a good skim milk drink.

I only ask because apparently milk and brandy form the foundation of a whole class of drinks with which I have no experience (save one Brandy Alexander aboard the Grand Princess). All I need are some benign third ingredients (vodka, Kahlua, etc...) and I've got 2 liters of brandy to drink.

At 11:29 PM, September 13, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grand Marnier is a great addition to certain recipes. Here's an easy one: 1 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of Grand Marnier
1/4 cup of brown sugar

Mix and set aside. Clean and hull two pints of strawberries. Serve with sour cream mixture. Delicious!

I first had this in a Russian restaurant in San Francisco many years ago.

Also, you can make a puree of raspberries, Splenda, and three tablespoons of Grand Marnier (in a blender) and then force it through a fine mesh strainer (which takes out the seeds). Serve over fresh peaches. With whipped cream it is called Peach Melba, but just the fruit and sauce is wonderful. This sauce makes a great addition to chocolate cake, along with a few raspberries. Annie Bloom fell in love with this when I made it in Darien.

There are also recipes for Grand Marnier souffle, a sweet dessert type souffle. Yummy.

I expect that pots de creme could be enhance by kahlua or Grand Marnier. Why don't you try epicurious.com and see whether you can use these thinks up in recipes?

Or you can just leave them for the next occupant and they can wonder about you as you did about the guy who left you with a garage full of rum bottles on the rafters!

At 2:49 PM, September 14, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh you must try chocolate cake shots-absolut citron and frangelico, and i think you bite into a lemon slice afterwards. seriously, tastes just like chocolate cake. also, when it gets a little colder add that peppermint schnapps to hot chocolate. yumm.
happy drinking, and when are you coming to visit me in san francisco?

At 4:51 PM, September 14, 2005, Blogger Dana said...

I say throw a little of everything in a glass and see how much you can get someone to pay you to drink it. That way you can profit from the experience. Of course, that might have some pretty serious consequences...

Anyhoo, thanks for the comments on my blog and for the advice about word verification. It is all turned on now.

Finally, can I make another desperate plea for my ribbon belt? I am so wanting to wear one right now... I will send you my address again if you need it.

At 11:13 PM, September 14, 2005, Blogger Dr. Claw said...

Peppermint patties! Do a shot of peppermint schnapps with a squirt of chocolate syrup. One night I got the bright idea to make a drinking game out of watching a porn movie at a fraternity house - something like a shot every time the actors said cheesy dirty talk or fake groaned. I passed out about a half hour later.


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