Category Archives: Ginger beer

Warming up

It’s actually a little chilly and fairly overcast today here in the Hostess City – a rarity these days to be sure – so I’m going where the weather takes me.

This particular cocktail – I call it “Long Winter” – is guaranteed to warm your soul a little in these fading days of winter. It’s packed with not one but two ginger-flavored delicacies and topped off with some plum bitters, all of which are meant to leave you with a toasty feeling inside. And yes, I’m aware that I’m obsessed with ginger beer. It’s okay guys. It’s delicious, so don’t worry about me. Here how to make this toasty treat.

Long Winter

Long Winter

*2 parts Snap (you guys really need to check this stuff out – completely delicious)
*1 part Pimm’s No. 1
*1 part apple juice (whatever you do, use the fancy stuff)
*2 parts ginger beer
*Dash of plum bitters (don’t go overboard!)

Shake all of that tasty, toasty stuff up together – except for the ginger beer of course – and then top it off with the ginger beer. I really dig this one.

Also, in the spirit of keeping promises, I’m finally ready to post my glorious rice ball recipes!! It finally happened guys – I fried something in a pot on my stove, and I didn’t even give myself a 3rd-degree burn! For those of you who know me well, this is a serious accomplishment. I’m quite the clumsy fellow. And it’s a good thing too – the missus won’t let me buy a fry-daddy. Which, I suppose, is really for the best.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what’s in store:

Fried Rice Ball

I’m so proud of these little guys!

I’ll be back next week with rice balls in tow. And a better name for them than “rice balls” – I still experience a combination of snickering and feeling uncomfortable every time I say that phrase.

Have great weekends, y’all!!

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In honor of Vern

My friend Kate just lost her dear friend and life partner, Vern – this is him in some very fetching sunglasses.

VernKate asked me to make a drink in honor of her feline companion, and I’m more than happy to oblige. I never actually met the fellow, but he was practically a Facebook institution and certainly deserves a proper eulogy. And what better way to honor the guy than with a cocktail! I’m sure Vern would approve.

The VernThe Vern

*2 parts Pimm’s No. 1
*1 part St. Germain
*2 parts ginger beer
*1/2 part fresh squeezed lemon juice

It’s tart and tasty, just like Vern. Actually, it’s one of my favorite drinks I’ve made in a while, so I think it’s a perfect way to send Vern off. Kate – come visit us here in Savannah. I promise to make you a bunch of these.

Until next week folks. And for those of you in the Northeast, stay warm! Or just come move down here. We’ve got plenty of room.

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