2008-07-31

Dark 'N' Stormy

Well it's dark out and I did just see some lightning but it's not terribly stormy.

A few weeks ago I was reading something online where someone was asking what do do with some leftover Myer's Dark Rum. Someone suggested mixing it with ginger beer. That sounded pretty good. I stopped at Tower this week to see what I could find in the way of ginger beer. I've had both alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions before but had not seen any lately. I started off in the beer section and completely struck out. Nothing. I think the guy in the beer section thought I might be a little nuts (he might be right) but he did really try to find it for me.

I went over to the rum section just to see what was there and ran across an official pairing:



Evidently the official name for this pairing of dark rum and ginger beer is a Dark'N'Stormy. It's from Bermuda and has to be made with Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Barritt's Ginger Beer. This promotional package came with 2 cans of Barritt's. I figured that enough to give it a try.

When I got home I sampled about a 1/4 ounce of both the Goslings and the Myers's by themselves. The colors are about the same. The Myer's has more going on with the aroma. You can really smell the molasses. The Gosling's hits you a a brighter smell of a gold rum. In tasting them I find the Myer's has many more layers of flavor going on. You really taste the molasses and it has a rocky then lingering finish. The Gosling's it's a much smoother experience: A little burn, a bit of molasses, but then it turns caramel, almost buttery, and has a smooth finish.

I can't really say if I prefer one over the other. They're just different. They're both fairly common dark rums but they each have a distinctive profile. Substituting one for the other in a cocktail recipe would result in a different creation. Probably not bad... just different.

Tonight I actually tried the Dark'N'Stormy (while baking quiches) using the supplied Gosling's and Barritt's. It wasn't bad but I did find it a bit sweet. That's a really odd thing for me to say as I like sweet drinks. Perhaps I felt the sweetness, the heavy spice, and the sweetness of the rum was just an overly powerful combination. It's definitely something I'll try again... perhaps with different ginger brews I manage to locate. I've seen some other Ginger Beers at Cost Plus before so I'll find something else there later. In the meantime a tiny glass of Gosling's or Myer's is quite nice for sipping.

Update 8/23/08
I made this with some Reed's Premium Ginger Brew that I found a my local Krogers. I liked it a little better. I think the lemon-lime taste of it adds something for me. I'd like to try it with Reed's "Extra" Ginger Bew but I'll have to find someone who carries it.

Lost & Not Found

Uh oh...

2008-07-24

Cocktail Babble

Last week I made a Manhattan. It was good. This past weekend I picked up some Fee Brother's Orange Bitters and made another one with that instead of Angostura bitters. It was good too. Yesterday I made a Southern Manhattan. It was a bit (ok... a TON) on the sweet side... not bad, but a bit over the top.

This week I also found some some Stirrings Blood Orange Bitters. The Stirrings is a bit different than other bitters. It's quite diluted and is in a simple syrup base instead of alcohol. You have to use a bit more than most traditional bitters but it still has a nice spice to it. If you don't want to add more sweetness it's not the bitters to use.

All in all I think I'm liking bitters and will probably pick up different ones when I find them. Each has its own distinctive flavor profile that adds a bit of itself to whatever you put it in. Just a small amount adds something to a drink without taking away from the base flavor profiles. I've even started putting a dash or two of various bitters in 7-Up to give it an twist as well as evaluate the different tastes of the bitters.

Tonight I'm just sipping on an ounce of Meyer's Dark. No bitters. It has a beautiful smell as well as a great taste. It makes me want it to be cold so I could make hot buttered rum.

2008-07-22

I made ABC News tonight!

Well... sorta.

I was cooking dinner tonight when I got an urgent call from JerrBear and Dr. T. Evidently Dr. T was watching a story on ABC Nightly News about Twitter and how people use it to complain about their ISP, phone company, etc. and all of a sudden a little tiki picture with "grantbob" next to it was shown on screen.

I was able to find the newscast on the web.



Yep that's me.

You can go watch the whole thing HERE.

Evidently back when they shot this story (looks like a while ago) they did a search for "Comcast" shortly after one of my problems with them.

Ever since I watched the guy in the Comcast truck cut my cable, drive away, and then had the fine folks on the phone tell me they didn't do that, I really haven't had much faith in the company (it took about a week to get the cable back on.) I think this particular tweet was from a time where I called them to report an outage but did not schedule a service call. Service was restored in a few hours but they spend the next few days calling me and leaving me messages about my upcoming service call. I had to call back on two different days and spend about 20 minutes trying to cancel a service call I never requested.

They probably showed up anyway when no one was home.

BTW: Comcast did reply to at least one of my tweets but I never saw it at the time as my twitter settings were not set to show replies from people not on my list. This is not always going to be an effective method for them to reach out. I think they should spend more time with the people who actually do call and request help.

Update: Here's the original: TWEET

2008-07-13

On Top of Stone Mountain

Took me 24 minutes and I did it without stopping. I'm pretty pleased.
Sure beats my attempts from a few months back. I guess walking daily (or
as close to it as I can get) pays off.

2008-07-11

Here's How

A few weeks ago I was picking some stuff up from my dad and he had run across a really nifty book that probably came from my grandmother Hazel Ripley (Seals). It's a cocktail book called Here's How, Mixed Drinks, by W.C. Whitfield and decorated by Tad Shell.



It has a cool wooden cover imprinted with the title and picture and is bound by a leather lace. The three gents in font of the cauldron are now doubt mixing up something devilish.



It was publish by Three Mountaineers in Asheville, NC. Evidently they made it until about 1992. The name may still be owned by someone. I haven't found much other info.



1941. Everyone probably needed a drink.



I looked up the Sazerac and they call for vermouth. That's a new one on me. I guess they're using it as a form of bitters. I'll have to give it a try.

Edit:
Ugh. They left out the sugar or simple syrup too. That doesn't work so well... did that once by accident.

2008-07-05

Hot Nuts



I found some Cajun Creole Hot Nuts at Publix lately. They are insanely hot.

Highly recommended.

2008-07-02

Disconnected

As if phone, email, IM, SMS, and this blog weren't enough I've been playing with Twitter more recently. I've discovered it's a great canvas for just making stuff up. Today Sam got me messing with Jott. It can tie in to just about anything. Now I can call Jott on my phone and make stuff up for it to post on Twitter. Jott's pretty neat and has a lot of potential for reminders and such. If you like to talk on the phone, check it out. I still use Sandy for reminders. I like how I can just send her and email and let her sort it all out.

Evernote's out now too. I messed with it a while back and it's a pretty cool glorified super-clipboard. I'd never pay for something like that but I'd never use it enough to need to go on to the paying level.

Now I just need to figure out how to tie it all in to GrandCentral.

Maybe I just need a new iPhone.