There’s a line that gets crossed sometimes when you drink. One minute you’re laughing and conversing, feeling fine; and then, for whatever reason…a never-ending supply of beer flowing from a keg at an especially hot and sunny BBQ or it’s Open Bar at a wedding reception or you’re out with a large group of friends and everyone is taking turns buying rounds…whatever the situation, it happens. You have one too many drinks and all of the sudden…it seems it would be a Splendid idea to dethrone the golden deer on display in the window of the Thai restaurant a hand’s distance away from your seat in the booth where you’ve just finished cleaning your plate of a much needed meal of green curry. Splendid! You pluck an antler from the poor unsuspecting deer’s head and casually slide it into your purse, make your way out of the restaurant, giggling all the while with the company you’re keeping. Chances are they’re not going to stop you as they have been over indulging as well. And when you get to the car and pull the prize out of your purse, raise it above your head triumphantly; you look up only to find that your companion is holding an identical antler in their hand as well. Buckling over in a fit of laughter, you notice the designated driver rolling his eyes and shaking his head. Yup, you’ve just crossed That line. You’ve crossed it, you’re not sure when it happened, but you have now officially entered Drunkville. The crossing of that line was the inspiration for the chorus to Sometime’s I’m Subtle (Sometimes I’m Drunk). And with that, I present to you a lovely Sangria concoction(using Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet, naturally) that packs a bit of a wallop. Careful.
Sometimes I’m Subtle (Sometimes I’m Drunk) Sangria*
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/4 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1/3 cup 100% white grape juice, from concentrate
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 (750 milliliter) bottle of Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/2 cup triple sec
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 8 maraschino cherries
- In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, grape juice concentrate, orange juice, red wine and triple sec. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime, and maraschino cherries in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor.
*Note: Subtle portion size serves six. Drunk portion size serves one.
In going over the song list on The Last Record Party to see if any particular tune inspired anything as far as a cocktail recipe, I knew right away that Fire & Gasoline would have to be a shot. Immediately, coffee came to mind. It’s the fuel of choice for The Grimm Generation; consumed in copious amounts daily. The choice then, to use Smirnoff Expresso 100 vodka made sense. Add to that the fiery cinnamon flavor of Goldschlager and you’ve got yourself…well, Fire & Gasoline.
Fire & Gasoline Shooter
- 1 ounce Smirnoff Espresso 100 vodka
- 1 ounce Goldschlager
- Add the vodka and Goldschlager to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well and strain into a shot glass.
Nothing Astral is a song about a hot summer evening, a drive to the park, a little bit of luck and a lot of persuading. Whiskey might help with that, and that’s the base for this tangy lemon and lime infused drink which I’ve dubbed:
The Nothing Astral Backseat
- 1 1/2 ounce Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey
- 1/2 ounce Cointreau
- juice of one lemon
- juice of one lime
- lime wedge
- Mix all ingredients except for lime wedge in a shaker filled with ice.
- Strain into ice-filled tumbler.
- Garnish with lime.
That’s all for today. See you next week for another three drinks. Until then…cheers!