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I thought we needed a light-hearted thread to go with the home-cooking threads that are so active right now.  I want this to be inclusive, so it can cover the over-abundance of kombucha that isn't being shared, or the lovely loose teas you don't normally get to indulge in at home.  If you've got a killer sodastream combination, share it. :)

The lunch thread discussion reminded me of a rum punch recipe that I hadn't made in a while.  So, that's what we made to have with dinner last night.   

Voila! Tea in Frederick, MD makes a fantastic tea called The Frederick Blues which is a loose black tea infused with blueberry juice.  It's really delicious and I've got a pot made up to enjoy as I telework.

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Legent bourbon, neat, is my current poison. Two whiskey legends, Fred Noe from Jim Beam and Shinji Fukuyo from Suntory, collaborated in its creation. Very nice bourbon, better than (in my opinion) Pappy.

I'm also playing around with Japanese martinis, using Roku gin and just a drop or two of sake, garnished with a slice of cucumber.

 

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I've been trying not drink the last of things I will feel a need to replace when they're gone, so I'm alternating between those and "Hmm, didn't know I even had this." The bonus is that finishing up old things clears out space. Last week, a couple consecutive nights was a finger or so of Jack Daniels in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Since this isn't something I drink, I don't know when I acquired it. The labels had come off. If it was my father's, it dates to the last century 🤷‍♀️. It's history now.

I've moved on to a 2 litre bottle of Diet A&W root beer on the floor of the kitchen pantry. It's no longer fizzy, but it tastes like root beer. I periodically go through diet root beer or diet ginger ale phases, but I don't recall when this one was.

I'm also making my way through old Via instant coffee. I cannot stand Starbucks coffee, but I like their Via instant coffee. Go figure. This has a lot of caffeine, so I go easy on it. Some days it substitutes for one of my two morning Diet Cokes (conserving). After a long hiatus, I've also gone back to drinking more tea. I have a weird assortment of old tea bags, plus some loose, and earlier in the year I bought some new (because of course I did). I won't run out of tea for a long, long time.

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1 hour ago, Pat said:

Last week, a couple consecutive nights was a finger or so of Jack Daniels in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice.

Me too. :)

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1 hour ago, DonRocks said:

Getting ready to open a bottle of Linden Vineyards Wabi Sabi.  First time they ever made it - basically it sounds like they threw together some leftover lots of wines and it ended up tasting good (that's a technical term there), so they released it.  Viognier, Vidal Blanc and Semillon blend.

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Last week I got a case of random wines selected (and delivered) by Ace Beverage.  Have enjoyed them all so far. Tonight's is a red Burgundy that I've already consumed way more than intended...delicious.  Giraudon Bourgogne Chitry imported by Wine Traditions.

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Frozen daiquiri: Cotton & Reed dry spiced rum 5oz or so. 3-1/2 oz fresh lime juice, simple, about 1 oz. Put all in blender w/ about cup and a quarter of ice. Blended in our Blend-Tec. A Vita mix or other very high speed blender would do. Serves 2. 

* For Hemingway, this would have been half a serving out of 4 or 5 drinks. 

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We have been drinking through our beer and wine reserves slowly.

We were lucky and had some beers from: Vassen, Aslin, Commonwelath, Old Ox, as well as a few other locals. I polished off our Corona Lights with our tacos.

I have been drinking our Mountfair red blends, a few Paradise Springs Whites, and some other bottles we had mixed in.

The other night I had some Mount Vernon apple brandy on the rocks.  

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6 minutes ago, ktmoomau said:

We have been drinking through our beer and wine reserves slowly.

I've been going back through some beer odds and ends: forgot how good Monocacy's Riot Rye is, and the last Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout I bought for the virtual beer tasting project in 2013 was still pretty decent. None of the old beers I've tried (also a Kona Pipeline Porter) have been skunky or have suffered any significant ill effects from being in the basement a long time.

We have been drinking a 2017 Simonetti Montepulciano d'Abruzzo the past few nights that I picked up at a local corner store on my very last pre-quarantine stop for a few provisions. Our Rose's order last night came with three more reds (one local Virginia, one Loire, and one Portuguese). I'm not sure which is in the on-deck circle, but I believe Portugal.

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Yesterday I drank an entire bottle of Kirkland Sauvignon Blanc. I had a couple of glasses with lunch, then, when I ended up at an impromptu outdoor socially distanced happy hour with some neighbors, I drank the rest of the bottle. I actually quite enjoy this $7.99 (if I remember correctly) wine!

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Tonight, I opened the honeydew jalapeno shrub that has been hiding behind the Soda stream machine. Carbonated some water, did about 2 parts soda water to shrub and added some white rum.  My husband had a sip and asked me to make him one so I'll call it a success. :)

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1 hour ago, deangold said:

Makkoli Draft.

Late-night bender, Dean? 😉

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We tried the Austin Hope Cabernet from Paso Robles last night after hearing so many rave about it.  Drank to me like a cabernet for people who don't like cabernet.  Light, fruit forward, very little tannin.  Followed this with the Josh Cellars cabernet, also from Paso Robles which was much beefier and more my style.  It's also less than half the price of the Austin Hope.

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2 hours ago, DonRocks said:

Late-night bender, Dean? 😉

Nah. 1 bottle split by two and finished by 10pm. The bender was the 2-1/2 pounds of sashimi. 

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My hubby does not like the smell of coffee and it's my preferred source of caffeine.  This is not a problem normally, as I have coffee at work.  However, working from home, this does pose a bit of a dilemma.  My solution has been 1 packet of Maxim's instant coffee with up to 1 teaspoon of Medaglia d'Oro® Espresso Instant Coffee and topped off with Trader Joe's Turmeric Ginger Coconut Beverage.  I've been doing this for the past week and I've got to say while not perfect, it is working for giving me my morning fix.

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2 hours ago, Katya4me said:

My hubby does not like the smell of coffee and it's my preferred source of caffeine.  This is not a problem normally, as I have coffee at work.  However, working from home, this does pose a bit of a dilemma.  My solution has been 1 packet of Maxim's instant coffee with up to 1 teaspoon of Medaglia d'Oro® Espresso Instant Coffee and topped off with Trader Joe's Turmeric Ginger Coconut Beverage.  I've been doing this for the past week and I've got to say while not perfect, it is working for giving me my morning fix.

Perhaps you should switch to Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy.  A Bittersweet 'Champagne of Maine' Potent Coffee Brandy Is Top-Selling Liquor but Is Linked to Alcohol Abuse, by David A. Fahrenthold, January 9, 2006, on washingtonpost.com.

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47 minutes ago, dcs said:

Perhaps you should switch to Allen's Coffee Flavored Brandy.  A Bittersweet 'Champagne of Maine' Potent Coffee Brandy Is Top-Selling Liquor but Is Linked to Alcohol Abuse, by David A. Fahrenthold, January 9, 2006, on washingtonpost.com.

I like the way you think, and sure enough, I can get it at my local ABC store.  However, after reading that article, not sure if that's such a good idea.

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We continue to work on whittling away at the liquor cabinet. Tonight is a quarter can of coconut milk that I found in the fridge, 12 oz of pineapple juice, a glug of pina colada moonshine and ice before blending.  My husband then added banana liqueur to his but I passed on that.

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Lyons white rum perfect Manhattan w/Cocchi americano & rosa. Bitterans's hopped grapefruit bitters & Peychaud's whiskey barrel bitters.

So technically, that is a perfect Manhattan with none of the incredients the traditional recipe calls for. 

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I found two bottles of a large format beer from Stone: Stochasticity Project Grapefruit Slam IPA. I think I may have bought both at the same time. The bottles are pretty dirty from sitting in the basement. I opened one bottle over the weekend. Since it's got an 8.2% ABV, I drank half one day and recapped it to finish the next. I could actually taste the grapefruit peel.

We did open the Portuguese wine with dinner last night, to have with brisket and carrots from Rose's.

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Big Pippin Prickly Pear & Orange Blossom hard cider.  We picked up a six pack over the winter and it's pretty tasty.

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12 hours ago, Katya4me said:

Big Pippin Prickly Pear & Orange Blossom hard cider.  We picked up a six pack over the winter and it's pretty tasty.

I'm going to look for that one! I'm a hard cider fan from way back. Couple months ago I discovered Austin Eastciders at Wegmans.  The retro cans caught my eye. For me it hits the sweet spot so to speak. A lot of ciders are either too dry or too sweet for me; this stuff threads the needle. Reasonably priced and good flavored varieties too.

When I was a kid I had to drive to Federal Hill in Providence to pick up hard cider. Probably a good thing it wasn't so easy to come by back then.😁

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1 hour ago, Bob Wells said:

Federal Hill in Providence

@Bob Wells, I hope this doesn't freak you out, but I've noticed you commenting in the Grew Up in Rhode Island group on Facebook. Since you use the same name here and on Facebook and I knew about your RI connection I knew it was you. 😁

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