Drink of the Week: The White Lady

The White Lady.Mad Men” begins it’s final season on Sunday night, and I think it might be fair to say that no television show has done as much for the cultural profile of cocktails in our time. This is despite the fact that serious cocktail cognosecnti will be quick to inform you that  the early 1960s was a good four or five decades on from the tail end of the first true heyday of cocktails, and they’ll no doubt add that the late 1960s was one Harvey Wallbanger of a lowpoint.

Even so, people who watch the cast of Matthew Weiner’s brilliant tragicomedy-cum-high-end soap quaff their Martinis, Manhattans, and Old Fashioneds with some envy aren’t wrong. “Mad Men” is, in fact, about the final last gasp of an era. While there were many things about this old era we’re all better off without, it was also the last time people knew what an Old Fashioned was without being educated on the topic by Don Draper.

It’s not that people ever stopped drinking, it’s just they became more aware of the fact that alcohol was a drug they could use among many other drugs and the fact that it was also a food, of sorts, kind of got lost for about 30-40 years. In fact, let’s face it, at their booziest Don Draper and Roger Sterling might appreciate a well crafted beverage, but both of them would take Sterno if they had to.

This week’s drink is something I think Don and Roger would appreciate as it’s dry enough and boozy enough, but I think it might also appeal to Peggy Olson, Joan Harris and, perhaps most of all, the much maligned Betty Draper. It’s refreshing enough to help you relax on a hot New York State afternoon, boozy enough to forget your every dysfunction, and low-calorie enough not to knock you off your diet. Oh, and the name….

The White Lady

2 ounces London dry gin
1/2 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 egg white

Yeah, I know, egg white again. If you read me enough to get tired of reading that, then you know the drill already but here we go. We’re going to do what is known as a “dry shake” to emulsify the egg, which we’re going to combine with the gin, orange liqueur and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker by, obviously, shaking it a bit. We’re then going to add what we moderns might refer to as “a buttload” of ice and then we’re going to shake it again.

Next, we’ll strain it into a cocktail glass and we’ll toast, I imagine, Betty Draper. We will attempt to politely avoid any racial connotations, but we will fail.

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Yes, while the White Lady’s name might put you in mind of a Dave Chappelle routine if you say it with a certain cadence, the drink itself really is pure elegance. This is a very dry drink and very tart too, but the egg white smoothes everything over far better than any “Mad Men” character attempting to paper over a sticky emotional situation. Yeah, I know I’ve sung this eggy song before, but it’s really true.

I tried this drink with three different gins and two orange liqueurs and all were, in their own way, aces. Bombay Dry Gin and Cointreau was archly classic, a bit understated. Switching to sweeter triple sec took off every sharp edge for a mellower concoction. No. 3 London Dry Gin with Cointreau put the Juniper and citrus peel flavors of a class dry gin forward in a way I really liked. Cointreau with Plymouth Gin, however, produced a shockingly disappointing result. Something just didn’t blend right there. Keep your gin dry and Londony…though Hendricks, which is actually from Scotland, might possibly work very well with this. (If anyone out there tries that, please drop me a line like a good little reader, okay?)

That’s it. I could lie and tell you all I’ll be seeing “Mad  Men” on its first broadcast with you all on Sunday night, but I’ll actually be enjoying the tale end of the Turner Classic Movies annual film festival right around then. The hope is I’ll find a way to unite my passions for cinema and cocktails there. Stay tuned!

  

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Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

Basil Hayden's Bourbon

Bourbon keeps growing in popularity, and we love trying the premium brands. The good folks at Basil Hayden’s Bourbon were kind enough to send us a bottle, and we definitely enjoyed trying it straight and one the rocks. The first thing we noticed was the stylish bottle that tells the history of Basil Hayden, Sr. distilling the first bottle of his bourbon way back in 1796! It has a memorable, spicy flavor that you can savor. If you’re looking for a small-batch bourbon to add to your home bar, you’ll want to try this one out.

Also, here’s a refreshing recipe to try as the weather warms up:

Basil Hayden’s Bluegrass Punch
4 parts Basil Hayden’s ® Bourbon
8 parts Blueberry Juice
8 parts Passion Fruit Juice
Sparkling Wine or Club Soda
Fresh Mint Leaves

Method:
1. Add Basil Hayden’s, blueberry juice, passion fruit juice and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake.
2. Top with club soda or sparkling wine

Blueberry Ice Ring
Freeze one bag of frozen blueberries with water in a bunt cake pan. Dip frozen ring into hot water for a few seconds to unmold. Place in punch bowl with blueberry side up.

Give it a try and enjoy!

BH_Bluegrass Punch

  

Product Review: Vaseline Men Spray Lotion

The new Vaseline Men Spray Lotion came to me in a time of need. My skin was drier than the driest Norm McDonald joke. So dry, in fact, that had my friends known, my new name would’ve been “Ashley” rather than Paul because I was so ashy.

Sure, the combination of Vaseline with a spray-on lotion lends itself perfectly to a masturbation joke. But guys, I’m not going to tug your chain — this stuff works.

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion is available in two formulas: Fast Absorbing and Fast Cooling.

Spray-on lotion may sound like a gimmick, but it’s actually really useful for certain troublesome areas. For me, one such area is the top middle of my back.

I’ve gotten used to glopping an excessive amount of lotion on my hand and sort of waywardly slapping it back there, usually with mixed results.

But the continuous “spray-ability” of Vaseline Men Spray Lotion allowed me to zero in on an area I couldn’t have otherwise reached. No, not that area, sir. I can reach there just fine, thank you.

The continuous spray feature, which is akin (or should I say “a skin” #ZING) in functionality to Old Spice Refresh Body Spray, means that not only are areas covered, but they are covered evenly.

Vaseline Men Spray Lotion absorbed into my skin faster than any lotion I have ever used. And there wasn’t a slimy residue that made my clothes stick to the area I covered; at least not from the spray lotion, anyway.

Also, there was no perfume-laden aroma or scent to assault your nostrils. There was a hint of something, a certain “Je ne sais quoi,” but it was masculine and invigorating. It certainly didn’t smell like Vaseline. Or, sex covered in Vaseline.

Speaking of sex, Vaseline Men Spray Lotion came to be thanks to the union of three special elements:

1) The container that Vaseline Men Spray Lotion comes in has this cool thing called a “twist-lock actuator” that essentially allows the spray apparatus to either be engaged or disengaged to prevent spills.

2) The internal structure of the container utilizes “bag-on-valve technology.” #ThatsHOT

3) Vaseline Men Spray Lotion uses the perfect balance of “humectants” and “occlusives” to make sure the lotion isn’t sticky and effectively moisturizes.

So, leave your Brand X cocoa butter from Wal-Mart on the shelf and keep the safety engaged on your “spray apparatus.”

For more information on the new Vaseline Men Spray Lotion, follow this link to the website. Or you can always #SprayItForward via the Vaseline Facebook page or Vaseline Twitter account.

  

Captain Morgan White Rum

Captain Morgan White RumSpring is here (finally!!) and summer is around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about refeshing cocktails you can enjoy outside. With that in mind you want to make sure you have some white rum stocked in your home bar as it’s a versatile spirit that most people love.

Captain Morgan White Rum is the newest member of the brand’s impressive roster of rum products, and it’s distilled five times for a very smooth taste. We received a bottle to try with some of our favorite mixers, and it naturally tasted great with cola and lemon-lime soda. You can mix 1.5 ounces of Captain Morgan White Rum with five ounces of most sodas on the rocks for a sweet, refreshing cocktail, so it’s a staple at most parties. It’s also great for Mojitos as well.

When you taste it straight or on the rocks you can appreciate the quality of this white rum that lives up to the Captain Morgan name. Pick up a bottle and add it to your bar, then plan your next party or cookout.

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Online Casino and Its Benefits

Most of the people addicted to invigorating alternatives to pass their time ultimately resort to playing online casino games to gratify their urge for thrill. Usually it acts as a stress buster for those who remain very busy and need to take a break from their humdrum. This makes one feel refreshed and rejuvenated, especially after winning the rounds.

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It is a brilliant way to relieve you from a tough day and leave the bygones behind. Living on the spur of the moment is not only exciting but also thrills the body as well as the soul. The exhilarating fun, that stirs up when the destiny plays its trick and you are just about to lose and suddenly win the game, make you feel unforgettable.

Casino can be played online on any of the popular sites like William hill’s Vegas for online casino games etc. It is the nerve-cracking climax that pulls casino lovers towards it. Some players play because they find adrenaline charged while challenging their luck. Those who do not win keep trying till they win a game. This is how this game teaches to be persistent in life and fight against all odds till destiny itself gives up and luck favors your winning spirit. Those who stay longer with the problem and stay determined for more number of games, learn to win over a lost battle and create opportunities out of their problems. In this way, online casino teaches how to convert hurdles into an inviting scope of growth and progress.

There are so many choices when you think of playing online casino that monotony is far from it. Endless options in the vast pool of internet gaming can keep your enthusiasm and excitement at its peak. All good casino websites provide various slots, porker rooms, table games etc.

You can enjoy countless games from the comfort of your home or steal sometime in office too if you become a fervent player. This will even teach you manage your time and tasks well hence leading to a growth within you and grooming your personality.

These online gaming sites also help players with good bonuses to new player while downloading and to regular zealous players. These can also go up to a maximum amount of one grand for completing a particular number of wages.

Actual casinos have strict rules with respect to drinking, eating or even dressing up. However, these do not apply to virtual gaming, and the players can stay at their ease, wear what they want, eat as they like and enjoy in their own way. You can make absolutely your personal leisure time and celebrate life. It can be a never ending celebration to keep your spirit alive and sway life to your tune for a change.

The people, who know nothing about gambling or casinos, can easily learn the game online or rather offline. It enhances your learning your learning experience as it also offers tips and instructions to play. So once you learn here, you can always go to a real life casino outside your house, with your favorite friends and flaunt your skills and knowledge.

After all said and done, casino is the most lucrative thing to do if you want to enjoy life to the fullest and involve yourself in something that thrills you to the core. Playing online can rid you from the awkwardness of letting others know that you don’t know the rules or behavior that suits the game. You can learn on your own, without seeking help from anyone else. It can be played at a time that suits your routine.

It is an ongoing online passion of countless players and has cosmic appeal to it. You can play online form any part of the world and enjoy winning spree as and when you like.

  

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