Category Archives: Have a Drink

Have a Drink: Buttery Nipple

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Mmmm…buttery nipples, you know the kind that go in shot glasses

Buttery Nipple shot | Relampago’s Rating: Star16Star16Star16Star16Star16

Some of my best (and worst) drinking stories come from memories of the times I was taking shots with a friend of mine who is the lead singer in a rock band. Just as any man likes real life nipples, most men will enjoy these nipple themed shots. They’re a great way to kick of a Saturday night of debauchery. This recipe is sure to have you licking the…um…shot glass.

  • 1 (1.5 oz.) jigger Beefeater vodka
  • 1 (1.5 oz.) jigger Bailey’s Irish cream liquor
  • 1 (1.5 oz.) jigger Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1 (1.5 oz.) jigger Kahlua

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in Beefeater, Bailey’s Irish cream, Schnapps and Kahlua. Shake well. Strain into shot glasses and serve.

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Have a Drink: Cono Sur Pinot Noir

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Cono Sur Pinot Noir is a quality Chilean wine

Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir | Relampago’s Rating: Star16Star16Star16Star16Star16

This week’s entry isn’t coming from a wine snob, but for those who enjoy red wine (and a cigar… mmmm) there’s a quality entry from Chile available in almost every grocery store that stocks wine. Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir is a satisfying casual wine, especially if aerated a little as you pour it into the glass. (An aerator can be bought for under $5.)

Cono Sur was the first Chilean winery to produce Pinot Noir. Indeed, because of the volcanic soil and altitudes the grapes grow in, many connoisseurs consider Chilean Pinots to be some of the best you can buy.It’s worth noting Bicicleta is only the entry-level Pinot from Cono Sur, there are a number of higher grades available. But, to me, what’s the point of spending a lot of money unless it’s a special occasion. Especially when a highly drinkable wine can be picked up for under $10 at most stores. Bicicleta is better than almost all the other under $20 bottles I have purchased.

The winery’s description of the wine does include some PR spin, but the winery’s claim Bicicleta lacks tannins (bitter tasting organic compounds) is true. This is a smooth bottle.

This variety is said to combine the best of a red and a white wine. Its colour is lighter than other reds, but nevertheless, it’s a full-bodied wine, aromatically intense and flavourful, yet not tannic, more on the silky, seductive side.

Known as a sexy wine, it will enhance the flavour of whole grains, all kinds of mushrooms and herbs, and sushi. In broader terms, this is a wine that will make any white meat look good, as well as soups, stews and flavourful fish dishes. With cheeses, it’s good next to dry and tough ones like Edam.

Red wine is enjoyable to me because 1) it gets a buzz going quickly, 2) pairs well with cigars and 3) is awesome with some cheese. Cono Sur Bicicleta a great choice to kick off a wild Saturday night.

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Have a Drink: Long Island Iced Tea

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An enjoyable cocktail for the weekend – the classic Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea | Relampago’s Rating: Star16Star16Star16Star16Star16

This classic cocktail is available in virtually every bar and restaurant with a bar there is. The Long Island Iced Tea actually has no tea in it at all, but it approximates the look and flavor of tea (with a kick) using a milieu of liquors, lemon juice, and Coca-Cola. It’s a good starter and mixes well with a lot of foods, particularly beef and steak. It has a higher alcohol concentration (around 20-25%) than most cocktails because, obviously, it has 5 different types of liquor in it.

Of course, with a drink that is so popular and so-well known, several men claim to be inventors of it. The exact timeframe for invention of the Long Island Iced Tea ranges over 50 years, with some sources claiming it was invented in the 1920s and others saying it was invented in the 1970s. There’s no denying it is a 20th century concoction.

There is some dispute as to the origin of the Long Island Iced Tea. However, numerous sources attribute the origin to one or both of two inventors in the 1920s or 1970s. The Long Island Iced Tea appears in literature as early as 1961. Alternatively, a slightly different drink is claimed to have been invented in the 1920s during Prohibition in the United States, by an “Old Man Bishop” in a local community named Long Island in Kingsport, Tennessee. The drink was then perfected by Ransom Bishop, Old Man Bishop’s son. This drink included whiskey and maple syrup, and varied quantities of the five liquors, rather than the modern one with cola and five equal portions of the five liquors. Robert “Rosebud” Butt claims to have invented the drink as an entry in a contest to create a new mixed drink including Triple Sec, in 1972 while he worked at the Oak Beach Inn on Long Island, New York. Various local New York references echo Butt’s claims. Local rumors also ascribe the origin to either Butt or another bartender at the Oak Beach Inn, Chris Bendicksen.

Here’s a great recipe for a Long Island Iced Tea.

  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 1/2 cup Coca-Cola
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ounce white tequila
  • 1 ounce white rum
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Triple Sec
  • ice cubes

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour the liquors, and lemon juice into the shaker. Shake vigorously. Pour the cocktail into 2 glasses, then mix in the Coca-Cola. Garnish with lemon wedges. Enjoy!

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Have a Drink: Piña Colada

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Piña colada has been the official drink of Puerto Rico since 1978

Who doesn’t like a smooth and refreshing piña colada? While not my all-time favorite drink, it probably in my Top 5. A good piña colada comes down to execution. There are good piña coladas and so-so piña coladas. To me, they’re a good drink to enjoy while sitting on the beach watching the pretty girls go by after I’ve already got a good buzz from a Caipirinha or two. There is some squabbling about who invented it, although the drink definitely traces its origins to the Caribbean:

The name piña colada literally means “strained pineapple”, a reference to the freshly pressed and strained pineapple juice used in the drink’s preparation. Some say the drink did not acquire its name until the 1960s. Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero Pérez claims to have first made it at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan in 1954, using the then newly-available cream of coconut. Ramón Portas Mingot also says he created it in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan. The restaurant stands by his claim to this day.

Here’s a highly-rated piña colada recipe so you can enjoy a taste of the tropics wherever you may be:

  • 1 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple, diced
  • 2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. coconut cream
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • Pineapple slices

Put the ice, frozen pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and both rums into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour the drink a glass and garnish the rim with pineapple slices. Cheers!

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Have a Drink: Mudslide

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Mudslides are basically alcoholic milkshakes

For those into coffee liquors like Kahlua or Bailey’s Irish Cream, the mudslide cocktail is a creamy and delicious concoction. It’s sure to be a hit with your bang this weekend. A good mudslide tastes like an alcoholic chocolate milk shake. It’s also relatively easy to throw together.

The drink is especially popular in the Virgin Islands, but it’s also popular around the United States, as well. This recipe uses a 1 1/2 fluid ounce jigger.

In a blender, combine vodka, Kahlua and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Gradually mix in chocolate syrup. Blend all ingredients until smooth. (A blender is a good option.) Pour into glasses and garnish with whipped cream and an optional strawberry.

Enjoy! And have a great weekend!

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