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alcohol and me

November 26th, 2008 at 01:37 am

Looking at my monthly spendings... I'm not going to tally it up just yet (seeing as it's only wednesday) but I know it's been a pretty average, spendy month. But I am quite happy to say I've managed to save a lot, and not spend any MORE than I have earnt. Spent quite a lot on alcohol this month! (By a lot, I mean $59.00 - I normally don't drink but I had two cocktail parties to go to).

I was able to add a couple of half-bottles to my 'collection', which is exciting.

I know it's probably a bad thing to be excited about it, but you see I really hardly ever drink, so that would be why. I also love alcohol in the sense of the tradition behind it, the culture, the processes, etc. I love how there are so many types, so many family histories in vineyards, so much controversy.

Don't get me wrong, I'm NOT a fan of UDL cans and trashy nights out at clubs.

I just find it interesting that's all.

Anyway.

So this week I was able to add to my collection:

Limoncello
Midori
Absynthe

I am hoping next time to aquire:

Frangelico
Coconut Rum


So what are your favourite drinks? What alcohol do you keep in your bar/pantry/cupboard/desk drawer? What's the best cocktail you ever had? The worst? Any fond memories?


12 Responses to “alcohol and me”

  1. Craigthor Says:

    Ohh you got Absynthe, not really available in the US. Also Austrailia has all my favorite wines. Sometime I will get there.

    Craig

  2. whitestripe Says:

    oh i thought you could get it in the US now? It was nice though! had a lovely flavour. expensive though, $60 for a 700ml bottle was the cheapest, and they went up to $120 a bottle. (there were about four or five different kinds)
    yes we do have some delicious wines.

  3. Analise Says:

    Absinthe is now available in the US and you can buy it at
    Text is BevMo and Link is http://www.bevmo.com/Shop/ProductList.aspx?Ntt=absinthe&N=0&Ntx=mode%2bmatchall&Nty=1&D=absinthe&Ntk=All&Dx=mode%2bmatchall
    BevMo. I have never tried it but it sounds interesting, although it has a very high alcohol content.

  4. thriftorama Says:

    There's no shame in appreciating fine spirits.

  5. baselle Says:

    Desk drawer, huh? Smile I don't think anyone is going to admit having that. Although one of our auditors laughed and said that tomorrow (day before the US Thanksgiving - a 4 day weekend) she was going to bring in a "nip" of something.

    I have a summer cocktail and a winter cocktail - kind of a go-to default. Summer is Campari and soda, winter is extra-dry dirty martini. Love the martini, and it is so different depending on the gin. I've had pretty good martinis - the worst I ever had was in Washington DC. The thing was left too long in the shaker with soft melty ice. Ick. I once had a vodka martini. Please. James Bond was a piker.

    The Campari and soda is a very good drink to order if the bar is well stocked. I once had a glorified frat boy serving as a bartender tell me that Campari did not exist. Lesson learned: don't order from amateurs.

    Another cocktail I used to order in my youth was a Windex - its blue curacao and vodka mixed and put in a martini glass, proportions mimicking the shade of blue window cleaner. Very useful to order if you want to see how fast you can get a drink and watch the service circuit. Believe you me, you can see your drink from miles away on the barmaid's tray.

  6. whitestripe Says:

    Big Grin i said desk drawer as a joke.
    however... i work in a bakery and there is always beer in the fridge ...

  7. toyguy1963 Says:

    I had Absinthe in Europe but like someone else mentioned its not really legal in the U.S.
    I was wondering if in Australia the stuff you have is the one with wormwood? Without the wormwood its basically artificial Absinthe.
    Just curious. It is an interesting topic when you think about it.
    Ohh I don't really have anything hidden away in any secret drawers. I have a little Brandy and some peach liquer that are ancient.

  8. whitestripe Says:

    toyguy: yes its real, with the wormwood. its not banned here, you can buy it in pubs! (a friend had a glass of it over ice for her hens party - always wanted to try it and she did) Smile

  9. toyguy1963 Says:

    Thanks whitestripe. I just tried the link that Analise posted and I guess now it is possible to order real absinthe here too as long as it doesn't have a certain chemical in it. Can't remember what its called. Anyway
    I'm going to order a bottle even though its kind of expensive.

  10. Amber Says:

    Good for you I am glad you were able to save, I need to start back blogging because when I don't I spend spend spend

  11. whitestripe Says:

    toyguy: was it thujone? i think that's what caused some controversy. the one we bought does have a high level of thujone in it.

  12. toyguy1963 Says:

    Yes thats it whitestripe. Its the thujone in Wormwood thats considered an illigal drug here. So the Absinthe I can buy has everthing but that. Its considered athentic but still isn't really the same.
    I'm still going to get some but I'll have wait till I visit eastern europe or Australia to get some of the good stuff.

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