Ok, so I know that most people I come in contact with don’t or won’t have my level of wine & spirits knowledge of appreciate. I get that, it’s cool. But if you’re going to be around me for any period of time, or in my world, you have to be willing to at least try some things and sound like you have some sense.
So, I’m out with this guy right…gonna try to look past the fact that for a 1st ‘date’ place to get a drink and a bite to eat, he decided that a pool hall was appropriate. No, he doesn’t know how to play pool. Gonna also look past the ordering of a full glass of scalding hot water so he could wash his silverware at the table. How am I able to overlook this you ask? I have a glass of some mixed drink with all the Absolut flavors and cranberry juice. That helps.
He asked what I was drinking so I told him. Then he asked if I like wine. Alright now!!! He might be about to score some major points with me and we might actually have a conversation…. I said ‘Yes, I do! You, which ones?’ Him: ‘I really like the wines with sort of a bland taste, maybe high alcohol too, like merlot. I’m really liking that merlot. I got a 4-pk the other day and popped it in the fridge.’ 0_o
I have been on it with these infusions lately! Pineapples are such a nice fruit in the summer and rum is just nice anytime. Put them together, add an umbrella…Hey Summer!!
2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
2 cups golden rum
3 tablespoons sugar
Club soda, for topping
Lime wedges, for serving
Combine the pineapple, rum and sugar in a bowl or pitcher. Refrigerate at least 8 hours and up to 3 days. Strain the rum, reserving the pineapple. Serve over ice with a splash of soda, a few pieces of the pineapple and several lime wedges.
Also tasty with Tonic or Coke or Juice or Sprite or….
Tequila gets such a bad rap!! It’s not just for shots, there are so many amazing things you can do with this spirit. Here are a few drinks that are fairly easy to make. Enjoy one this holiday weekend!The Lone Ranger by Jeffrey Morgenthaler
- 1.5 oz Silver tequila
- 1 oz Lemon juice
- .5 oz Rich simple syrup (two parts sugar, one part water)
- 2 oz Brut rosé sparkling wine
- Garnish: Lemon twist
- Glass: Collins
Add the tequila, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Open the shaker and add the sparkling wine, then strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon twist.
2 ounces tequila
2 ounces homemade sweet & sour
3/4 ounce mint simple syrup
Squeeze of a lemon wedge
Add large thin slices of lemons, plenty of mint, and serve over ice. Enjoy!