LOVE this post by rick over at KAISER PENGUIN. for those of you unfamiliar with this particular variety of penguin, know that they are a high society species whose goal is to survive global warming while sipping fine cocktails. such as the CLIMATE COOLER, prepared especially for BLOG ACTION DAY. rick’s written a fab piece on the perils of non-organic rum and other eco-tidbits. it’s a MUST READ, so head on over and check it out at KAISER PENGUIN…
this drink belongs to every sign:
2oz pineapple juice
1/2oz lime juice
1oz Barbados rum
1 1/2oz bourbon
1/2oz passion fruit syrup
8 drops Herbsaint
blue Curacao to color
6oz crushed ice
Flash blend and pour into a fun glass.
my fave eco-eatery in new york is celebrating DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, mexico’s annual tribute to the dead. COUNTER is offering an especially lethal menu for the week – so take advantage while you’re still alive.
my friend emily took these while shopping in barcelona (thanks emmy : )… i had no idea dali dug astrology! she only managed to snap half the collection, but she did get the entire set of pewter coins. leave it to salvadore dali to interpret the signs so uniquely. and it just so happens that the SALVADORE DALI ZODIAC GROUP (yes there is such an entity) is holds wine tastings & cocktail parties every now and then… next time you’re in the sunshine state…
how appropriate that the sun is in SCORPIO on october 31st. yes, ALL HALLOW’S EVE belongs to the SCORPION, a small insect capable of delivering instant death. not unlike its ruler, PLUTO, who’s so tiny she’s been discounted as a planet, but is actually more powerful than any of the planets! yes, hers is a body of celestial immortality and COUNTESS DRACULA was certainly of the SCORPION persuasion. which leads us neatly into our topic at hand, or throat – VAMPYRE VODKA. and like that elusive transylvanian, this blood red liquor is extremely hard to locate!
try canyon city, colorado – they have it! a must for this weekend’s halloween party. serve with these uber cool skull swizzlers for the perfect halloween treat. mind you, they’re more of a trick for your wallet, at $100 per set. the photo doesn’t do them justice though – these things are FAB and if you’re gonna drop a c note on stir sticks, let it be these! get em at NEIMAN MARCUS.
these glasses give new meaning to the term stemware. each stem sits on three stemmed feet! tres unusual and super stylish stuff from WAT DESIGN.
VIA HOUSE & GARDEN
purchase soon from UMBRA
the purest of them all can get down and dirty like the rest of us. virgo, the archangel of the zodiac, is a bearer of truth and a practitioner in sanctity. it’s not easy perching atop that cold marble pedestal. sometimes it topples and the virgin is deflowered. but even when falling from that lofty height, she will glide ever so gently. like a feather from her wing sailing gracefully to the floor. the virgin’s usually got that bodice laced up pretty damn tight, but every now and then it rips! by accident of course, virgo (wink : )
the kumquat belongs to mercury, which is a planet of constriction. this is so because the size of the kumquat is essentially that of a constricted orange. due to it’s bright orange color, the kumquat is co-ruled by the sun.
BODICE RIPPER (kumquat pomegranite caipirinha)
2 oz cachaca
2 tbs raw organic sugar
2 small handfuls pomegranate seeds
muddle all of the above in mixing glass. add cachaca and shake for ten seconds. pour entire contents into rocks glass.
recipe adapted from LEBLON’S kumquat-ginger caipirinha
thanks to NAMI NAMI for hosting WEEKEND HERB BLOGGING #106.
PERFECT-saw this & had to have it! can’t drink it mind you, i only drink pinot noir as it’s the only red that doesn’t give me a headache, dear. the clerk told me it’s actually quite good… my bitches will be the judge of that next time they’re over… BITCH WINE
just got my holiday issue of BLUEPRINT in (martha’s new mag,) and man… i love stuff. a little too much too be healthy i think. on the heels of my ghetto bar spoon post, i bring you the other extreme… monogrammed swizzle sticks. custom printed, with your very own initials on each one. how cute! too bad they’re made from virgin forest wood and not from a sustainably harvested source. but, we can’t have everything in life, can we now? and while i’m at it, why let BLUEPRINT off the hook? they should be printing on recycled paper damn it. rant aside, presentation is everything, and these stirrers are the icing on your party’s cake. or the olive in your perfectly mixed martini. get ‘em for your party at FOR YOUR PARTY.
one of my favorite bar tools is the chopstick. yup, you read correctly… it serves as both a bar spoon when mixing drinks, and as a swizzle stick when serving them. i kid you not – and – you get a gold star for repurposing!
see the chopstick bra
the sign whose mood may sometimes plunge to the bottom of the ocean, rules that which plunges to the bottom of the body – the foot is ruled by pisces. and so she is constantly fishing for beautiful shoes for each of her fishy feet to don. no, pisces can never have too many boots, or too many cocktails. and as much as they love shoes and drink, i love them. they are dreamy yet realistic, motivated yet relaxed, and one of my favorite signs. cheers to you pisces!
NEVER ENOUGH (pineapple sage margarita)
2 wedges fresh pineapple
4 fresh sage leaves
2 fresh organic lime wedges*
1/4 oz organic raw simple syrup*
1 3/4 oz silver tequila
muddle pineapple, sage, lime, simple syrup in mixing glass until well macerated. add tequila and shake over ice vigorously for ten seconds. strain into martini glass.
* simple syrup is a blend of equal parts sugar and water. use organic raw for more flavor. agitate every so often until fully dissolved and store in fridge.
* of course, using organic fruit is always recommended. but in the case of muddling the skin of the fruit , such as the lime in this recipe, it is highly recommended to avoid direct toxin contact.
thanks to anistatia miller and jared brown for this recipe, and the simple syrup recipe above. the pineapple sage margarita was originally created by the LONSDALE in london.
thanks to THE WELL-SEASONED COOK for hosting WEEKEND HERB BLOGGING #105.