Friday, March 30, 2012

Sedation Friday

On this day in 1974, The Ramones made their live debut at Performance Studio in New York City.

     The Historical Inebriant:  Sedation

  • 1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger vodka
  • 1/4 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger amaretto liqueur
  • 1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger peach schnapps
  • 1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger coconut-flavored rum
  • 1/4 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger melon liqueur
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger orange juice
  • 1/2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jigger pineapple juice
  • 2 (1.5 fluid ounce) jiggers cranberry juice
  • 1 twist lemon peel

Fill a pint glass with ice, and pour in the vodka, amaretto, peach schnapps, coconut rum, and melon liqueur; stir. Pour in the orange juice and pineapple juice. Float the cranberry juice on top. Garnish with a lemon twist.

The instructions should also state - you may not want to try this drink while home alone.

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On this day in 1945, singer Eric Clapton is born.
On this day in 1964, singer Tracy Chapman is born.

As always, have a great and safe weekend!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Great Tenna Fire in Edo

Yaoya Oshichi lived with her parents in a suburb of Edo, Japan in the 1600's. In December of 1682, during the great fire in Edo,  Yaoya and her parents took refuge in the nearby Enjo-ji temple. While there, Yaoya met Ikuta Shōnosuke, a young boy who was employed at the temple and they spent time together as she and her family waited for the fire to subside.

When the fire died out and the family traveled home, Yaoya returned heartbroken and wondered when she would ever be able to see Ikuta again. Desperate for a way to be united with her young love again, she came upon an idea.

Early the next year Yaoya was caught trying to start a fire. Her plan, it seems, was to recreate the events of December to be reunited with Ikuta. Yaoya, now 16 years old, would face the full penalty for arson at that time, being burnt at the stake.

When the magistrate of the case saw the young Yaoya brought before him, he tried to ease her sentence by asking her if she was 15, and as such would be tried as a minor, avoiding the death penalty. Yaoya, not understanding the intent of the question, answered honestly that she was 16. The magistrate again asked if she was sure that she was 16, and again Yaoya told the truth.

Whether it was naive innocence that caused her to answer that way, or maybe a desire to honor her parents, or a way of taking responsibility for her act of love for Ikuta, we will never know.  On this day in 1683, Yaoya Oshichi was burned at the stake in Edo, Japan.


On this day in 1886 the first batch of Coca-Cola was brewed in Atlanta, Georgia.

          The Historical Inebriant:  Jack and Coke
       I feel very comfortable leaving the mixing up to you

I drank my share of Jack n cokes when I was younger and Rum n Cokes as well, but I switched to vodka later on and never looked back.  However, when this latest round of  Pinnacle Vodkas
hit the market I tried them with coke (something you would not do with Kettle One!).

You are free to poke fun of me, but first, give a taste to a Pinnacle Whipped n' Coke!
Sometimes, it's good to be sixteen again!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

When in ancient Rome...mind your head

On this day in 193 – Roman Emperor Pertinax is assassinated after serving only three months on the throne.  He was killed by the Praetorian Guards (his own bodyguards) who then sold the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.

Unfortunately, Julianus lasted only three months before he was killed and Septimius Severus took the throne.  As his first act, Severus wisely dismantled the Praetorian Guards and killed those who assassinated Pertinax.

While exciting as the year 193 was, it doesn’t hold a candle to the year 69, which was labeled The Year of Four Emperors.

     The Historical Inebriant:  Mulsum

  • 1 Cup clear Honey
  • 1 Bottle medium dry white wine

Warm 1/2 cup clear honey and add it to a bottle of medium-dry white wine.  Chill before serving.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Should symptoms persist for more than four hours…

In the early 19th century a common cure for constipation was Pilula Hydrargyri.  The small blue pill contained Mercury and when taken with a saline solution helped with constipation, especially with the members of the Royal Navy who did not see much fiber in their diets.

In the 1970’s a new club drug started to appear called Extacy or simply E.  I always preferred the blue ones thinking they tasted like grape.  Although I always thought this after taking them so my perception may be a little off.

In 1999, on the big screen, Morpheus asks a totally confused Neo if he would rather take the blue pill (the story ends) or the red pill (where you stay in wonder land).  Neo takes red.

And on this day in 1998, The FDA approved Viagra (the now famous little blue pill) for the treatment of impotence, and the rest is history.  Or herstory, depending on your point of view.

The Historical Inebriant:  Matrix Blue Pill
  • 1 oz Patron Silver
  • 1 oz Bacardi Limon
  • 2 oz Alize Cognac 
  • 1 splash 7up

Add ice into the shaker and then add the liquors. Shake for 20 sec. Pour using a strainer into a low ball glass or a hurricane glass. Add a lemon slice for decoration.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Today is brought to you by the letter M

Today is Monday, the 26th day of March.

On this day in 1830, the Book of Mormon was published.  I could go on about this
but I won’t.

On this day in 1999, the Melissa virus was released.  The virus, named after a stripper,
was first released on the site - four nanoseconds later email systems worldwide
began shutting down.

On this day in 1972, Mott the Hoople decided to break up after a gig in Switzerland.
David Bowie, hearing the news offered them one of his songs to record.

The Historical Inebriant:  M & M Shot

  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Cacao

In a shot glass, layer the Amaretto over the Creme de Cacao.