Not only is this Spiritual Sunday the first one about wine that we’ve posted, it’s also the first one written by both Alex and Becky, so that’s very exciting!
We love wine. But we, just like many others, can’t always afford to buy pricey bottles of wine for everyday dinners (as much as we would like to). Luckily, there are lots of fantastic options for delicious, good quality wines that don’t break the bank. Here are some of our tried-and-true favorites, none of which exceed $10:
So, I’m very sorry that Spiritual Sundays has not been updating Weekly. Frankly, without a bar, the ability to make one, and the finances to go out for cocktails, it’s hard to be inspired to post a Spiritual Sunday update. That will hopefully be changing in the near future.
I’ve been stuck drinking mostly beer. Oh no!
Generally when I order a cocktail out, or make one at home, I prefer Gin and Whiskey. Manhattans, Negronis, Boulvadiers, Old-Fashioneds, G&Ts, etc… But now that summer has arrived in full, I’ve been trying my hand at a spirit that I’m not totally familiar with: Rum.
Because of my current habitation status, I am not boasting the impressive bar I once had. Sadly, my previous post about bitters and sodas features my entire bar at the moment.
One of the reasons I moved to Portland, however, was to enjoy the vivid, busy, and always growing cocktail scene. Becky and I have recently discovered a little place which has quickly become my favorite hang-out: The Hazel Room.
I work nights right now, as I have been for a few years. When I get off work, I usually just want to have a drink and watch an episode of Community or something. However, my store closes at 11pm, which means I usually roll out around 11:30, and get home somewhere close to midnight. If I want to get anything done the next day before I have to be at work again at 3:30, I really need to get up early. Of course, if I start drinking alcohol at midnight, it usually makes for a groggy morning. So what am I to do? Have a glass of water and call it a night?
Enter Bitters & Soda; a simple non-alcoholic drink that still has flavor and complexity and allows for some creativity far more than a simple soda from the store, and with almost none of the sugar.
This week: Cocchi Americano, and two cocktails that use this aperitif.
First off, Cocchi Americano isn’t really a vermouth, it’s a bittersweet aperitif. It’s also the closest thing we have to the original recipe for Kina Lillet; it’s definitely closer than Lillet Blanc, which lacks the quinine which Kina Lillet was named for. But while it’s not technically a vermouth, in exploring the Martini, its use as such comes to light.
Most people know James Bonds famous martini: Shaken, not stirred. For the most part, that’s the limit of what people know about a martini. Gin? Vodka? Vermouth? Bitters? Eh, Shaken. Not stirred. With like, three or four olives.
Part 2? Where’s part 1, you ask? Over here, at my father’s blog: Rants of the Hedgehog
Vermouth, especially dry vermouth, is among the most maligned spirits. Most people tend to think of it as some sort of poisonous elixir which no sane person would ever add to such a pure substance as flavorless, chilled vodka. Now, I could go on a for a long time about how chilled vodka in a glass is not a martini, or how stupid I think it is to order an incredibly expensive vodka at a restaurant, like Grey Goose, just to pour some foul, cheap olive brine into it. My dad already summed up why people avoid vermouth; It’s probably because most people have only ever had a dry martini, and if they ever had a martini with vermouth in it, it was probably not a quality spirit.
Welcome to the first installment of my (hopefully) weekly article: Spiritual Sundays. Every Sunday I will discuss a cocktail, or possibly wine/beer/whiskey, etc…
How could I begin this article with anything but one of my all time favorite cocktails, The Negroni? I’m fairly certain I had this drink for the first time at my dad’s apartment. Bitter, herbal, floral, and bright, I immediately fell in love with it.