The first barbecue of the year is coming up on Sunday, so I thought I’d give some attention to the third most important composite to a good grilling session, the drink. Friends, check; food to be grilled, check; now let’s get to the drinking, shall we? I am a beer nerd.  Belgian is my favorite, I never drink anything that ends with the word “lite,” usually not out of a can (except for you, PBR) , proper glass preferred,  love a true cask-conditioned beer. I can and will judge you based on the beer you are drinking. This may sound a bit harsh, but it hasn’t let me down yet. Getting drunk is a nice side affect to drinking, but taste shouldn’t be an afterthought. While at a bar some bag ordered “something cold, wet, and in a glass”.  I wanted to slap him, then take away his license. I was secretly wishing urine was on the menu that day. But alas. Below are some Belgian, and a couple Belgian-style, beers to try. I started a beerlogue a few years back, which turned into a beer-photologue when I got my digital camera.

In addition to beer, I am a red wine, and gin, girl. I am not a fan of people who order “a glass of white”, or “a glass of red”. We are not four-year-olds. Read a wine list, and join the rest of the adults by asking for what is on the menu. After all, you are not ordering a juice box. Well in a way you are but, it’s a $7 juice box, treat it as such. Usually having a drinky-drink when we go out is special. I won’t drink at a bar that doesn’t know what a “rickey” is. I usually only have 1 or 2, and take time to enjoy them. No slammin’ it back. I miss the days of punch, and the punch bowl with the cups hanging over the sides, and a ladle! I want cocktail hour to come back. With beer prices around $11.00/ six-pack, it is becoming more economical to buy liquor. Jim is a whiskey/ bourbon guy, which makes me shudder, and ditto for him with gin, so I’ll include a drink for you brown liquor people. I am starting to love Brandy though, baby steps.

“I drink no more than a sponge”- Francois Rabelais

“Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.”- Mark Twain

Dark 'n Stormy®

2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer

In a tall glass filled with ice add 2 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum and top with Gosling’s Stormy Ginger Beer. Garnish with lemon or lime wedge (optional).

Gosling’s Black Seal Rum’s “Signature Drink”.


From Gosling’

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Serves 8


4 ozs. Cointreau

4 ozs. brandy

1 qt. red wine

juice of 1 orange

juice of 1 lemon

2 tbls. powdered sugar

club soda


In large glass pitcher mix citrus juices with sugar.

Add brandy and Cointreau, with about 8 ice cubes. Stir well.

Fill pitcher with wine and about a cup of club soda. Stir gently.

Garnish with thin slices of lemon and orange.

from Adventures with Cointreau

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Singapore Sling


juice of 1/4 lemon

1/4 c dry gin

1/2 c cherry brandy


Shake well and strain into a medium sized glass, and fill with soda water.

Add one lump of ice.

from The Savoy Cocktail Book

Block and Tackle

Butch Cassidy, the notorius holdup man, invented  the “Block and Tackle.” He explained that, if you take one drink and “walk a block, you will tackle anything”.


3 ounces whiskey (no cheap stuff)

one drop of anise extract

3 drops of peppermint extract


Mix. Enjoy.

from The Night 2,000 Men Came to Dinner

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Savoy Hotel Rickey


1 lump of ice

juice of 1/2 line, or 1/4 lemon

1 glass gin ( I like Tanqueray 10, and Bombay Sapphire)

4 dashes Grenadine


In medium glass mix ingredients, and fill with carbonated water.

Garnish with rind of lime or lemon.

from The Savoy Cocktail Book


1 ounce vodka (no cheap stuff)

1 ounce coffee liquer

3 1/2 ounces fresh cream or milk

Pour over ice in a 10 ounce glass and stir.

Drinking buddies:

1. A muddler.

2. Hendrick’s gin,

3. Coasters.

4. A drink spoon.

5. Drink stirrers. If I had the money and the space this could be a dangerous collection.

6. Drink strainer.

7. Jigger.

8. Glasses you love, and maybe an accessory or two.

Mermaid drinking buddy.

*If you are still looking for an excuse to mix up one of these beauties, May 13th marks the first time the word “cocktail” was used in print (1806).