Friday, June 15, 2012

TGIF

Seriously.  I don't know what in particular made this week so draining, but it was, and i am looking forward to this weekend.  Todays fun facts are about my favorite summer drinks that i will have to have less of now that marathon training has begun.  You drinks will always be in my heart, but only sometimes in my stomach.


1.  My favorite drink of all time, year round - The dirty martini.
Vodka with a splash of olive juice and a splash of vermouth.  It better be shaken and served up or i will be very angry at you.
If you want to be really crazy, you can make it a sara-tini and just add an extra 10 olives.


2.  The John Daly.  It's basically an alcoholic Arnold Palmer.  And if you seriously know nothing about golf references, its half lemonade/half sweet tea vodka, with a splash of club soda.  (or you can just do half lemonade, half sweet tea, and add regular vodka.)


3.  New Glarus spotted cow.
Spotted cow is one of my all time favorite summer beers.  It is light and crisp and oh so tasty.  The one problem is that it is only sold in the state of Wisconsin, so to get my hands on some, i have to travel to the great north, and smuggle it back to Chicago.  Luckily my moms house is only a 20 minute drive from the state line.  It's worth being a beer-runner though, (HA! Get it?  Beer runner?!?)  because spotted cow is worth it's weight in gold in Chicago.  And as long as you're making the journey, you can stock up on cheese curds too!


4.  Ginger & Jameson
In general, i like my whiskey straight, but when it gets hot out, warm whiskey does not have the same refreshing qualities. Ginger and Jameson is the younger, hipper version of the seven&seven our grandparents all drank.  And it has the word "ginger" in it.  It's ginger ale with Jameson whiskey, if you hadn't pieced that together yet.
5.  Sangria.  
It's wine with fruit in it.  How much more healthy eating can you really expect from me?
I like to get crazy and put mango in mine.  I am seriously a loose cannon.
6. Last, but definitely not least, Margaritas.
And i mean real margaritas.  None of that super sweet blended crap you get at Chili's (although i still love you Chili's)  I want tequila, lime juice, and simple syrup in a lowball glass over ice.  And if i am still standing after two of these, you are making it wrong.


*sigh* Its going to be a long summer....

19 comments:

  1. Ooh! I didn't know that an alcoholic Arnold Palmer was called a John Daly. Hello summer drinks! I can't wait to consume you! My other favorite summer beverage is the mojito. Like a real one with mint sprigs, not the one that comes in a Bacardi Silver bottle. I just might need to go somewhere that serves these this weekend. Yes please!

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    1. Oh my gosh, i was horribly overserved one-tim on mojitos, and i still don't have the stomach to try them again :) I also learned the hard way that you aren't supposed to eat all the mint leaves.

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  2. Why did you have to do this to me. It's 10:30am and I was sangria. Thankfully I work around booze all night long tonight so I will make the most of my time there.

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    1. I mean, there is fruit in it....that makes it ok for breakfast, right??

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    2. As long as you don't eat lemon, thinking it is orange.

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  3. I'm also feeling your pain. In an effort to not gain weight during marathon training like I have for the past 4, I'm cutting back on food and nice refreshing alcoholic drinks. :(

    I love Mai tais and margaritas and beer. I need to try the beer you mentioned above now. I'm usually a fan of Ipa's and fruit beer like Samuel smith apricot beer mmmm

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    1. oooh! I love fruit beers in the summer! It's weird how my tastes change in cold weather vs. warm weather.

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  4. Thanks for making me thirsty! I think I will head over to the local 9am bar now... :-)

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    1. 9am bars? Now THERE is something we need a lot more of!

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  5. I am now thirsty....... ;-)

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  6. So many fun drinks to try, so little time... I usually go with the ol standby of gin & tonics because the gin I get is so cheap & high octane.

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  7. No alcohol during marathon training = no fun during marathon training

    It may not be the best thing to do, but I'm a firm believer in the restorative powers of wine......can't imagine enjoying my summer without it. Just thinking about it is making me thirsty!

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  8. Best part about being injured? DRINKING!

    Seriously, though, I'm down with you for all of those tasty, tasty beverages (except martinis). Although, I've never had a Spotted Cow. I need to remedy this.

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  9. Sangria is the classy adult version of wop. Or jungle juice, depending on your locale. LOVE IT.

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  10. New Glarus has cherry beer that is out of this world. It is in a wine sized bottle...I need to go to Wisconsin

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  11. Traveling to another state for beer? Now that's dedication! I once traveled to 4 different Macy's around the state while looking for a pair of shoes haha...to each their own!

    And there's nothing wrong with a little celebratory drink after those long runs :)

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  12. Love the drink choices!!!!!!! I am a green olive girl - the dirtier the better as far as my martini preference goes ;) We could rock a patio together, that's for sure :)

    I love sangria and can't wait to make some at the cottage in a couple weeks.

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  13. I love beer running from WI! You need to try Furthermore beer...so so so good!

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