Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Allow me to Elucidate my Bracketological Veracity...

You have to click on the image to actually be able to read it.

Yes, I'm a dreamer, but I mean c'mon, hah!? Come on! You gotta rally behind the Mounties when such an unprecedented opportunity presents itself! Oh yeah, Pittsburgh over Syracuse is almost ridiculous, but Pitt did beat Syracuse earlier this season, and dude, a Backyard Brawl for the Championship? Holy shit!

Damian! Hah!? Let's see that bracket!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Martinez

I've recently plunged myself into the world of cocktails. Here is my favorite way to mix a Martinez, the sweeter, darker ancestor of both the Martini and the Manhattan:

1.5 oz sweet vermouth (been using Cinzano)
1.5 oz Old Tom gin (been using Hayman's)
.25 oz Maraschino (been using Luxardo)
1 Maraschino cherry

I like them sweet and on the rocks, so... Pour the vermouth over 6-8 icecubes, and stir until the ice is broken in (rounded off). Pour in the gin and the Maraschino, and drop in the cherry, and shake the bitters bottle three times. Stir well. The cherry will hide beneath the ice.

Now comes the important part!

Pour a little more Maraschino on top, so it floats, and add two more shakes of the bitters.


Stick your nose right in there and take a deep breath. The aroma alone is intoxicating. Once you take a sip you'll want another. And, since you floated that Maraschino, you don't notice that it gets stronger as you continue to imbibe. Yes!