Happy Sunday Morning! Here’s a great way to start your day… The Dave Rawlings Machine with John Paul Jones “Going To California”
Musta been a Crusta…
Here’s a classic that’s been around just about as long as the “cocktail” itself. Prior to the mid 19th century, a “cocktail” contained only sugar, water, bitters, and some type of spirit. The Crusta changed the rules, adding an acid, a sweet spirit, and a weak spirit to that traditional cocktail formula. Imbibers experienced the oral equivalent of the Industrial Revolution and their taste buds stood up and rejoiced. Originally made with Cognac, this concoction does equally well with Brandy (my favorite), Bourbon, or Rye. The elaborate garnish (which I only go along with when the cocktail has such a history) makes for a great presentation, and is sure to get your guests talking. A little sweet, a little sour, a lot surprising, I give you…
The Brandy Crusta:
- 2 Parts Brandy
- 1 Tblsp Agave Nectar (or simple syrup)
- 1 Tblsp Lemon juice
- 1 Tblsp Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
- 1 Tblsp Maraschino Liqueur (optional)
- 2 dashes aromatic bitters
Place a cocktail or small wine glass in the freezer. Rub a slice of lemon around the rim of the glass and dip in sugar. Peel 1/2 a lemon and tuck into the glass. Add all ingredients to a shaker of ice and shake vigorously. Pour into glass and enjoy.
Pearl Jam performing “Hail, Hail” live at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York (5/2/03). Get this and other bootlegs on iTunes: http://bitly.com/PearlJamiTunes
Some of my favorite Pearl Jam lyrics…
"I sometimes realize I could only be as good as you’ll let me,
Are you woman enough to be my man?
Bandaged hand in hand
I find it on the run in a race that can’t be won
All hail the lucky ones, i refer to those in love”
My new favorite YouTube Series… Stevie B Presents the Italian American Slang Word of The Day…
Sturgill Simpson “Living The Dream” Live on Conan.
Have you seen his Facebook post about people chastising him for taking the Lord’s name in vain? It’s Epic. The man minces no words. Kudos to him.