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Pumpkin Beer Tasting 2014

pumpkin-beer-tastingWe got the gang together and tried over a dozen pumpkin beers.  It was a battle to the finish, but there were clear winners.   Read the rest of this entry

When a baby bird falls out of the nest (Nurse Becky Explains)


Our old friend Nurse Becky is back! Today, she brings us a story of compassion triumphing over organization starring the littlest robin you’ll ever see. Read the rest of this entry

Learn Bar Tending: Dark Rum & Eggnog


Sometimes, someone I know will read something on the site and let me know that I’m doing it wrong.  For example, Nurse Becky (a friend I’ve known since the mid 90s) immediately took me to task for Learn Bar Tending: Whiskey & Egg Nog, and rather than pointing out that eggnog is one word, she got right to the point and reminded me that it’s nutmeg (not cinnamon) that you want to add to eggnog. Read the rest of this entry

Go Big Or Go Home


Yep, you never know when you’re going to need 1000 tabs of non aspirin pain reliever.  Well, I guess I obviously DO know when I’ll need that many anti inflammatories, because that’s how I roll.

What the hell is Tylenol, anyway?

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Learn Bartending: Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster cocktail

My buddy George dropped by to put on a cocktail making clinic and share his own modification to a Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters recipe he found somewhere on this thingy the kids call the inter-web.  The Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters cocktail is an amusing little drink that is worthy of any warm evening.  To further amuse your friends at parties (trust me, after a few of these bad boys, it’ll be easy), you can explain that this drink traces its origins back to the novel, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which describes it as the best drink in the universe.  As far as drinks go, it’s a sweet one – I guess it’s a cocktail…  I understand that a cocktail is any alcoholic mixed drink that contains two or more ingredients…  whatever.  Here is his recipe:


  • drinking-with-george-empty-beer-bottle1 small juice glass
  • 1 shot glass
  • ice cubes
  • flavored vodka (citrus or mango is recommended)
  • triple sec
  • orange soda
  • pineapple juice


Combine 1 to 2 shots of flavored vodka (to taste; 1 and a half shots is recommended) and 1 shot of triple sec in a small juice glass.  Fill the reminder of the glass (to desired level) with pineapple juice and add a dash of orange soda.  Drop in 1 or 2 ice cubes.  Enjoy responsibly.

Neither nor George claims ownership of the recipe, the name ‘Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters’ or responsibility if you act a damn fool while mangled on Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters.

This video was filmed with my Canon VIXIA HF M300 and edited with Adobe Premier CS 4.  I used the on-board mic rather than my external and I also chose the wrong auto white balance setting, so things are a bit more on the sepia side than I would prefer.  The mic issue didn’t end up being a big deal since this is a digital camera and doesn’t have a tape turning, so the camera noise is minimal, if any at all.  Also, this is my camera work at its worst…  Next time, I’m going to set up a monitor rather than relying on the tiny display on the camera, but really, I chose a poor primary angle and setup that main shot poorly.  I also could have used some back light.  Oh well – I learned a lot and next time, I think you’ll see significant improvement.

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