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Friday, August 05, 2011








I wonder if she'd marry me?

CHEERS, INFIDELS!






(We'll return to our regular programming of whiskey and dark eyed wimmen tomorrow.)

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16 Comments:

Blogger Damien Charles QC said...

Beer makes me ill and I rather am into whikies or the uniqe Spanish drink Chincón, but I'd love to be served by some of those you have shown....

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:03:00 am  
Blogger christian soldier said...

and-October - Fest - is just around the corner!
Carol-CS

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:27:00 am  
Blogger midnight rider said...

Ah, my tastes also run toward the whiskies, specifically Bourbons. Wild Turkey (101 proof), Knob Creek (100 proof) and Old Granddad Bonded (200 prrof) especially. Love that burn.

But, beer is a favored backup.

I've never heard of Chincón. What is it?

Cheers, good sir.

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:32:00 am  
Blogger Damien Charles QC said...

Also called Chinchón it is a drink like Uzo or Pastis from the historic city of the same name. I have family from there so I go regularly and come back with a case of the stuff. It is really strong and you take it in a very small glass.

As for American whiskies, I like Southern Comfort, especially in cold winters but I am more into the original malted Scottish blends....

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:40:00 am  
Blogger Damien Charles QC said...

Actually look up Chinchón on wiki, it has a reference to the distilled local drink in the text and a nice wide-angled photo of the bull-ring of the town. I have some very nice memories getting drunk on the second balcony to the right of that photo - in my very distant youth....

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:44:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Can't we have all three?

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:45:00 am  
Blogger Will said...

Hi Midnight. Hoooray for the man who invented BEER!
When i was younger i liked a beer and more than one also, now i admit i'm more a wine drinker , don't drink hard liquor have stomach probs.I think Chincón is a kind of Anisette , to be dilluted with icecold water,gives a minty flavor, a bit like the French Pernod.

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:48:00 am  
Blogger midnight rider said...

YES YES! Doubles of all three to go around! Put it on Damien C's tab :)

Saturday, August 06, 2011 2:07:00 am  
Blogger midnight rider said...

Will -- Anisette or Absinthe?

Saturday, August 06, 2011 2:08:00 am  
Blogger Will said...

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Saturday, August 06, 2011 2:24:00 am  
Blogger Will said...

Midnight there's a difference between annisette and absinthe.

Absinthe is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from herbs, including the flowers and leaves of the herb Artemisia absinthium, commonly referred to as "grande wormwood", together with green anise and sweet fennel. Absinthe traditionally has a natural green colour but can also be colourless.Absinthe has been portrayed as a dangerously addictive psychoactive drug. The chemical thujone, present in small quantities, was blamed for its alleged harmful effects. By 1915, absinthe had been banned in the United States and in most European countries including France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Although absinthe was vilified, it has not been shown that it is any more dangerous than ordinary spirits. Its psychoactive properties, apart from those of alcohol, have been much exaggerated.
Pastis is an anise-flavored liqueur and apéritif from France, typically containing 40–45% alcohol .Pastis emerged some 17 years following the ban on absinthe, during a time when the French nation was still apprehensive of high-proof anise drinks in the wake of the absinthe debacle. The popularity of pastis may be attributable to a penchant for anise drinks that was cultivated by absinthe decades earlier, but is also part of an old tradition of Mediterranean anise liquors.So far wiki explains.I tried Pastis and it's not so bad, delicious when icecold on a hot day.
PS: A famous french painter who had a weakness for absinthe was Modigliani.

Saturday, August 06, 2011 2:26:00 am  
Blogger midnight rider said...

Ok, I knew there was but didn't know what it was. I knew absinthe was usually cut with water (isn't it?) and thought maybe you had misstated. I've never had either so I didn't really know.

For the record I don't cut my Bourbons with water. Not even ice. If I want them cold I keep a bottle in the fridge for just that purpose :)

Saturday, August 06, 2011 2:33:00 am  
Blogger Will said...

Midnight.

Classic, Pernod is usually cut with 5 to 7 volumes of water.

Absinthe can be enjoyed in the traditional way, using a spoon(Perforated a bit like a tealeaf strainer), with cold water and a sugar cube.

Saturday, August 06, 2011 3:29:00 am  
Blogger rumcrook™ said...

for the record im a fan of blue moon and shock top.

two unfiltered ales.

Saturday, August 06, 2011 8:14:00 am  
Blogger Alexander Münch said...


I'm on my way to Ben-Gurion Air Port !

I have my First Aid Kit with me.
The bandage on her finger must be changed immediately !

Saturday, August 06, 2011 1:56:00 pm  
Blogger Damien Charles QC said...

The most famous person adicted to absinthe that I know was King Edward VII, the son of Queen Victoria. Absinthe was very much the upper-class drug of the turn of the 19th century.

Interestingly wormwood is very popular in Morocco and the spines (no real leaves) are basicall soaked in hot water and added to their famous mint-tea. I understand that it is in that state not really a drug but friends tell me that old-ladies who drink a lot of it with friends get a bit "funny"...

Yes Chincón is an anisette drink but I think you would be linched if you diluted it with water. It goes down like a vodka shot.

Saturday, August 06, 2011 4:17:00 pm  

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