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Germantown, WI – December 18, 2011

Well, another 3 hours of watching the futility known as Cleveland Browns football.  The game started well enough with an opening touchdown drive that featured the bruising, no nonsense running of Petyon Hillis.  I actually felt like the Browns offense may have found a groove today between Hillis and his punishing running style and the athletic Seneca Wallace at quarterback getting the ball downfield to the Brown’s receivers. 

After that opening drive I decided to have a cocktail, and even though I want to feature gin over the next couple of weeks, I was inspired to have rye whiskey by watching Hillis.  Rye seems to match Peyton’s straight forward style of play.  Here’s what I came up with.

  Peyton Hillis

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/8 oz bar syrup
  • 1 dash of orange bitters
  • 1 lemon slice

In a rocks glass muddle the lemon slice with the bar syrup and bitters.  Add 5-6 ice cubes and the vermouth and rye and stir.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Mmm, I do always like the combination of orange bitters and rye, and I did again in this cocktail.  It is a takeoff on a traditional old fashioned, using lemon for a brighter taste than the orange in an old fashioned. 

Unfortunately, as I sipped my new cocktail creation I was again treated to the sight of the Browns unable to maintain their edge and losing yet again.  At least the cocktail was good!


Day 217, Cocktail 215

Ugh, these guys are gonna’ be the death of me!  I went to Ivee’s, as usual, for the Browns game on Sunday.  What made it different, and a lot more fun, was that Cookie was with me, there to cheer his Steelers on.  We were both feeling pretty good when our teams jumped out to big leads then nearly had heart attacks as the Browns won when the Panthers missed a field goal as time expired and the Steelers won in OT as a Bills reciever dropped a game winning TD pass.  Whew!

To celebrate the twin victories Cookie ordered up a variant of the classic vodka cranberry that I’d never had.  He had a splash of sour mix added to the drink – and I liked it.  The sour cut the sweetness of the cranberry just a bit and made it a very enjoyable cocktail.  Thanks Cookie!




Day 162, Cocktail 159 

Back at Ivee’s today for more Brown’s football and finally able to celebrate a win!  While I didn’t ask Terry for a vodka rum today, I did mix up another one to go with dinner.  I guess between the tiki drinks last night and the Brown’s win today I was ready to go for it! 

This recipe comes from the CocktailDB.  Where the name Blue Mountain comes from I have been unable to discern, but I’m sure there’s a story there somewhere – if you know it, please let me know! 

Blue Mountain 

  • 1-1/2 oz dark rum
  • 3/4 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz orange juice

Combine the ingredients in a coktail shaker with ice.  Shake, shake, shake to chill and mix.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 

I used Appleton Estate Reserve rum and Smirnoff vodka in this drink.  This is a very good, slighlty sweet cocktail, that is perfect for a crisp fall day.  The coffee flavors of the Kahlua blend exceptionally well with the Appleton rum to create a slighty nutty flavor profile.  I’ll happily drink this cockatil again. 


Did This Confuse Me?

Day 161, Cocktail 156

Last Sunday I was at Ivee’s to watch the Browns – Ravens game.  As usual, I watched a Browns lead slip away as they turned a win into a loss.  I guess I’ve grown used to it, but still, having a lead in the second half against the hated Ravens and then watch it slip away was painful.

As I was watching the game I began with a Bloody Mary.  However, during the second half I wanted to switch to something else.  Typically I drink bourbon and cola at Ivee’s, but I saw another patron order a vodka cranberry and I thought that sounded good.  So when Terry came over to ask what I’d like next I promptly ordered a vodka rum…and then realized that didn’t make sense as Terry stood there with a startled look on her face.  Uh, make that a vodka bourbon I spit out…what!?!  Oh boy, this was getting worse by the moment…uh, how about a vodka cranberry I finally managed to croak out.  Terry was looking at me like I had horns growing out of my head and laughing the whole time she made my drink.  In fact, she was still giving me a hard time about it last night!

While Terry thought it was bizzare to have vodka and rum together, I knew that it wasn’t as strange as it sounded.  So a little research on the CocktailDB revealed a number of likely candidates.  The Powerhouse looked interesting, so that’s what I tried this afternoon after spending a couple of hours scraping carpet pad up off the floor of the Twilight Lounge.


  • 1 oz Galliano
  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz 151 rum
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz bar syrup
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1/8 oz grenadine

Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with 4-5 ice cubes.  Shake to combine and chill.  Strain into a collins glass filled with cracked or crushed ice.

This is a tasty drink, but it seems just a tad disjointed.  The Galliano clashes a bit with the orange juice and there’s a general lack of harmony.  Perhaps a dash of Agnosturo would help pull this together, but that is an experiment for another day.

Tonight we are visiting a new (to us) Mexican restaurant with friends.  While that probably won’t yield any new cocktail opportunities, we are hoping to land at Foundation afterwards and that will yield a new cocktail opportunity!  Stay tuned…