Clink, Pop and Pour

June 10, 2017

A glass of ice, your favorite Bourbon and Birch Beer…the perfect beverage to segue from late Spring to early Summer. It doesn’t get any simpler than this.

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Cookies and Cocoa?

December 24, 2015

Maybe for Santa. Now that the decorations are up, the shopping is done and dinner for tomorrow is ready for the oven it’s time to relax with a Christmas Manhattan. Fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la.

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The perfect simplequietmodern Christmas cocktail.  Fill a rocks glass about 2/3 with ice, add a couple shakes of bitters, 1/2 oz. of sweet vermouth and 2 1/2 oz. bourbon, a maraschino cherry crushed against the side of the glass and give it all a quick stir. Recipe by Andy Ward for Bon Appetite.

Merry Christmas!

 

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Chop it, melt it…

December 24, 2014

mix it, roll it. Does a classic Christmas treat get any simpler? Perfect if you have a bit of free time before the Christmas Eve festivities start, this recipe for Bourbon Balls found in Garden & Gun. And, if the South doesn’t know their Bourbon Balls…who does? Merry Christmas.

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Rhonda Ruckman’s Bourbon Ball recipe can be found here:http://gardenandgun.com/article/bourbon-ball-recipe

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I do know Jack…

June 8, 2013

can add a little “something”  to a glass of Coke , Ginger Beer or maybe the filling of a Pecan Pie. But now that grilling season’s here it’s a key ingredient in a classic condiment redux. A creation of Burger Up in Nashville, Tennessee, their Jack Daniels Maple Ketchup is a fortified version of the cookout staple. Burgers, dogs and fries alike can  benefit from this modern robust twist on my favorite Heinz 57.  So who’s feeling like sliders?Jak_ketch_mplsyrFaJakMplSyrpKetchDnFbrger_crptFJDmapleKetchp

chances are you know someone who would like to receive it as well. Small personal indulgences are a great start when putting together your gift list. Most of us have what we want or need but sometimes hesitate when it comes to purchasing for ourselves something small that is pure pleasure. These are exactly the items we need to help get us through tough economic times…or really just take the edge off, no matter how simple. When gifted, items like those I have selected  here are really most welcome. And, to make a simplequietmodern exercise of it, see if you can select an item that crosses age and gender lines and purchase in multiples. That was easy…check , check , check and check… four down…GingersyrupphpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg26422709_000_aCopy of 130-0191-heath-seasonal-classic-holiday-bud-vase-731by607home-chezpanisse-matteglzsprinklesmix-chocolate-peppermintCopy of spreaders_anthroPmaplesyrupCopy of learn_to_knit-2-600-3

Small batch Ginger Syrup for a kick ass Moscow Mule.http://www.morriskitchen.com/product-lists/ginger-syrup

Something “green” for the skin touched with the essence of Winter.http://www.shopterrain.com/gifts-under-50/winter-greens-bath-collection/productOptionIDs/bd0459cc-8958-45c4-b120-330bd8a8856a

A holiday bud vase providing that great shot of red everyday of the year.http://www.heathceramics.com/cook-dine/bud-vase.html

The perfect ice cream bowl in a quiet matte glaze. http://www.heathceramics.com/cook-dine/cafe-bowl.html#p68

From where the craze started, Sprinkles, gourmet cupcake mixes.http://www.sprinkles.com/cupcake-gifts/cupcake-mix/

Modern wooden spreaders to spread it around.http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/search/search.jsp?searchPhrase=wooden+spreaders

Bourbon barrel maple syrup to glaze up some bacon.http://mikuni.myshopify.com/collections/all/products/tonic-01-tuthilltown-bourbon-barrel-matured-maple-syrup

Purl Soho Learn to Knit kit. If they’re knitting, they’re not texting you.http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2012/11/13/new-purl-sohos-learn-to-knit-kit.html