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La Belle Cuisine
(Memorial Day 2002)
Well, I've given this a lot of thought. Really
I have. Haven't lost any sleep over
it, but still, I take things like
this seriously. What do you drink on Memorial Day weekend? Or
any summer holiday weekend? Ideally? That would depend a whole
lot on where you're planning to be
and what you're going to eat, right? Of course.
I know. You're
Let's just say you've opted for the low-key, laid
back, down-home barbeque...
No sweat, just go with the
Barbecue Menu. Chances
are you'll be drinking beer. There was a time when I would
have opted for
Harper's or maybe Beck's. These days, it's
Abita Springs beer for
me. Amber. No contest. (Now that
I think of it, I might stick with ice-cold water or lemonade. Or
sweet tea!) Any of these would
also work well with
Garlic Meatball Po' Boys.
If you're going to have a Real Meal, the Charlie
Trotter Cooks at Home Menu
may be the way to go. A wine
suggestion with every course, yet. Might as well
just go with a
really fine Mosel. Halbtrocken, if you please (my personal
preference). Unless I'm in the mood for red wine, in which case I lean toward
a fine Cabarnet Sauvignon or a good Merlot.
If you're in the Greater New Orleans area, you can
simply do what a lot of folks
have come to depend on: swing by one of the
many daiquiri-to-go places. I kid
you not. But be sure to ride your
bike. We wouldn't want you to drink and drive!
There you'll find
any number of slushy drinks served in several different sizes of styrofoam
cups, EXCEPT for a plain ole every-day ordinary Daiquiri. You
know. Like they used to serve in the 50s or whenever.
Seriously, I ordered a Daiquiri in
a local bar recently, and the bar gal
(very young) looked at me quizzically and
right?" "Wrong. Just a plain, simple, ordinary
not a clue.
Papa Hemingway would be turning over in his grave, no?
I wound up drinking Cuba Libres. A rather distinguished looking gentleman
ambled over later
to let me know that he did remember what a Daiquiri was.
What can you say???
ounces Bacardi Light rum
3/4-ounce lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
(50/50 sugar and water mixture),
Chill martini glasses. Add
all ingredients to glass shaker. Shake well and strain
martini glass. Garnish with lime peel. (Some folks insist on adding a splash
of maraschino liqueur, and/or a splash of grapefruit juice. Why? I do
back to the daiquiri-to-go thingy. Lest I forget, cash only please. One of
the lessons I learned the hard way my first time out. What you will find
is a great
variety of sluhes: Strawberry, Piña Colada, Margarita, Long
Island Iced Tea,
Fruit Punch, Mango Madness, Bananarama, Brainbuster once
in a while
(made with 151 proof rum). You get the idea. Yummy? Yes. Daiquiri? No!.
Okay. This is, after all, the Beverage Section of La Belle
Cuisine, so I would
assume you're looking for mixed drink recipes to spice
up your weekend, no?
I spent a good bit of time
today looking through the drink archives
realized that there were some
glaring omissions. Wow! Where is
Dog? Where is the Screwdriver? And not so much as reference to a Harvey allbanger
for crying out loud!!! (Not that I drink this stuff, mind you...)
Well, I suppose I just
figured the everybody knows
how to make
YOU do, right? Like gin and ginger ale, my
and still a sentimental favorite. Or like rum and coke, (for
it has to be
a wedge of
lime, so it's a Cuba Libre) or 7 & 7, or
Then again, maybe not?
this is, after all, Memorial Day weekend, let's just start out with
1 1/2 ounces vodka
4 ounces orange juice
1/2 ounce Galliano
In a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes, combine the vodka and
orange juice. Stir well. Float the Galliano on top. For a Harvey, you'll
pardon the expression, Ballbanger, add a shot of tequila along with the
vodka and OJ.)
2 tablespoons bitters
Juice of 6 lemons
1 quart brandy
1 quart Sherry
1 quart Claret wine
1 quart rye, bourbon or Scotch
1 quart club soda
sugar, bitters, lemon juice, brandy. Sherry, claret, rye, bourbon
and club soda, adding soda last. Serves 30. Maybe.
of caution: Be forewarned…This goes down like Kool-Aid, but
like a ton of bricks! Trust me. I speak from traumatic experience...]
2 ounces Vodka
4 ounces grapefruit juice (fresh, please!)
A dash or two of Angostura Bitters, if you like
Rub the rim of a glass (preferably
chilled) with the cut grapefruit, then
the rim in salt. Combine the
vodka and grapefruit juice (and Bitters,
if using) in a shaker with ice,
shake until well chilled, remove the ice,
and pour into
(This will prevent your drink from continuing
to get watered down. Heaven forbid!)
Nothing to it. Orange juice and
vodka over ice. 4 to 1? Or 3 to 1?
Or maybe half and half??? Whatever floats your boat...
1 1/4 oz. Jack
Splash of Triple Sec
Shake the Jack
Daniels, Triple Sec and sour mix with ice, pour
Highball glass. Top with splash of 7-up.
Here's what I used to drink, but I had to give
it up... As a matter of fact,
I've given it ALL up. But perhaps some of you still indulge a bit.
Equal parts of:
Amaretto, Chambord, and pineapple juice
Shake the Amaretto, Chambord and pineapple juice with ice. Strain
into a glass and top off with Champagne. You won't remember a
thing... And these days that may be just as well.
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