132. Apple Toddy

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First off, baked apples are good on their own. So, when this recipe called for dunking one into alcohol, I expected it to be delicious. Correctly. I used the Joy of Cooking recipe for a baked apple. Because the Joy of Cooking is my everything.

In the latest Apple news, the company has branched out from computers and technology into the new field of books about computers and technology. Namely, themselves. Super nice photography in here, but I feel like the price tag is pretty unjustified. Sort of how I feel about their new products, too, but that’s another blog. It is pretty though.

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Intolerable Heat – Heat Wave #2

Heat Wave Shot 1

It’s that time of year again, I guess. Spring has sprung and therefore it’s in the 90s here in Los Angeles. For some of you, this may be a good thing, but for people like me, I am unhappy. Therefore I took it upon myself to make a drink that embodied my feelings about the heat. That is, I set out to make a drink that I was pretty much certain I wouldn’t like. It’s a shot (not my favorite method of alcohol consumption), and contains two things I’m not a huge fan of. The result? Well, let’s see.


Intolerable Heat

  • 2 parts Fireball cinnamon whiskey (shudder)
  • 1 part Southern Comfort Pepper (now I’ve never had the pepper version before, but Southern Comfort is pretty gross. So, shudder)

Mix ingredients together in a shot glass. Enjoy?

Heat Wave Shot 2

Tasting Notes:

BN: Wow. This was, weirdly, actually kinda good! While both ingredients by themselves were not pleasant at all, the two heats of the cinnamon and the pepper cancelled out the sweetness of the whiskeys. I’m not going to go around making these every day, but I was pleasantly surprised, and I liked it much better than going outside this weekend. It wasn’t the prettiest drink, but it served its purpose.

PiC: It’s not bad! I mean, it still totally makes me make my “shot face,” but as far as shots go, I sort of enjoy the aftertaste. The spiciness is kind of like a built-in chaser.

Heat Wave Shot 3

Sundae Rummy Sundae – National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

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So, today is not to be confused with National Ice Cream Day, which happened on Sunday, but I’m happy for it to be confused with National Ice Cream Month, which apparently is the entirety of July. Now, I vowed that I wouldn’t do this sort of thing, pulling a random “holiday” that no one has ever heard of off of a marketing calendar, but when you look at the news these days, I think it’s understandable. I don’t want to make light of any of the numerous terrible situations occurring right now, so, instead, ice cream! And a pun about a massacre. But, you know, it’s an old massacre. Ish.

I didn’t want to make a simple float, or anything involving actual ice cream, so I tried to go for something that tasted like it without actually having the real thing. And this is what I came up with, for better or for worse. It’s frothy, it’s vanilla-y, and it looks kind of like a milkshake. I will say up front that this wasn’t my most successful drink, but with some alterations I think it could be pretty good.

SRS Ingredients

Sundae Rummy Sundae

  • 2 oz gold rum (You might want to try dark rum — would add an interesting sweetness)
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 oz ginger simple syrup (I got the recipe from this: Bon Appetit Beetnik Martini)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • club soda or seltzer (I used the former, because I don’t like the latter, but I think seltzer would have been a better choice for its acid)

The only trick to this recipe is the egg white, which I learned, from my partner in crime, is easy enough to separate from the yolk just by slooping (yes, I’m making that a word) the yolk back and forth between the shell halves of a cracked egg until all the white falls into a bowl. If you are worried about salmonella, I suppose that is valid, but I haven’t died yet so it’s probably okay?

Anyways, pour all the ingredients except for the club soda into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake it for five minutes. Yep, five minutes. You might want to wrap a tea towel around the shaker to spare your hands from a lot of pain. Or switch off. Or both! Get it shaken.

When the timer rings, strain the mixture about two-thirds of the way up a tall glass, and fill up the rest of the glass with club soda. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, and you should be all set.

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Tasting Notes:

BN: As I said before, this wasn’t my favorite. I loved the way it looked and the texture of it, but the taste wasn’t quite there — it needed more ginger, more cinnamon, and just generally more of something that wasn’t rum or vanilla. But, if you stick a little more of those things in there, I think it has a lot of potential. And, it really felt like a milkshake without being one, so that was pretty cool. It also slowly separated, which was fun to watch — but it really means you should drink it quickly.

PiC: I like it! It could use a little more flavor, I think. But generally I think your signature is that your drinks taste like they have alcohol in them.