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Have you ever won a bottle of cheap rum in a raffle or been on holiday and thought you have got a real bargain priced bottle of rum, whiskey or other type of spirit only to get home to find it is undrinkable firewater. Well if you have got a bottle tucked away somewhere here is the ideal solution to help you enjoy it: Hot Rum (or other spirit) Punch What you need: 3 pints of cold water 1 lb of sugar 1 lemon 4 oranges Half a pint of cold, strong tea 1 pint of cheap spirit Make a pot of tea, pour a cup out to drink while making the punch and leave half a pint to go strong and cold. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and four oranges Very thinly slice the rind of the lemon and one of the oranges Put the water and sugar in a pan with the thinly sliced rind on the lemon and one orange. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add the juice of the lemon and 4 oranges, the cold strong tea and the spirit. Strain and serve hot or cold. This makes about 5 pints of punch, if you prefer you can make the punch slightly less alcoholic by only adding half a pint of spirit but keep the same amount of the other ingredients. It is absolutely delicious hot and a very welcome starter drink to warm friends up when they first arrive at your house on a cold evening, but it is just as nice once it has cooled down. Ideal if you are planning a Halloween or Bonfire night party but just also great if you are having a few friends round to watch a video or meal. My favorite type os spirit for this punch is a cheap dark rum but give it a try with whatever bottle of firewater you have around the house, I have tried whiskey and vodka and they both work well. This is quick to make and very inexpensive give it a go I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Right now, I have a hangover. In my dazed state, I don’t seem to be able to find the “hangover cures in general” section of dooyoo. This, I feel is an oversight but might be useful for those browsing the spirit section. I thought it might be helpful for all concerned if I shared with you some of the tips and hints I’ve been given / tried today. 1. The Scottish solution. At 9am, I tried what every true Scotsman will recommend, Irn Bru. The sickly sweet caffeine filled drink livened me up slightly but I couldn’t force myself to down the lot. If only I’d shown similar reluctance last night. Irn Bru contains water and sugar, all great stuff for hangovers but I do worry about the effect of all the E numbers. It didn’t work long term. 2. The foolish solution. At noon, I tried going to the gym. No I am not a masochist, it does sometimes work. You’d be surprised how often a work out has killed off the last vestiges of hangover city. I think part of it is drinking so much water, it’s forcible rehydration. It didn’t work. 3. The deceitful solution. At 1pm, I tried to make myself feel better by eating stodgy foods and swearing to myself, I’ll never drink again. The stodgy cheesy pasta helped for a while but even I knew I was lying. I then tried to claim to my boss that I had flu. I feel my nose growing by the second. 4. The sleep solution. I tried to snooze on my keyboard but ended up with a severe case of “qwerty head”, the imprints weren’t attractive and didn’t help my “no, it’s not a hangover” cause either. 5. The embarrassing solution. To avoid work an distract my mind I gossiped about last nights events with my colleagues at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 4pm. Temporarily successful forgetting of hangover until someone started telling a story about how someone else was sick... 6. The hair o
f the dog solution. I have now stupidly agreed to go to the pub with some friends for a “swift half”. My head is throbbing at the prospect but I’ll tell you how successful it was at a later date. 7. The final straw. If all else fails I know from experience that the only thing for it will be a black pudding sandwich. Nice crispy fried black pudding in a fresh white roll dripping with fat... ...Actually I'll be back shortly I just need to visit the loo... 29/9/01 I'm sure all of you are dying for an update. I went for the hair of the dog pint and ended up going to a club and dancing until 1am. This morning I felt absolutely fantastic. So, in conclusion, the cure to a hangover is not Black Pudding (lovely though it is) but Britney Spears.
I like a drink every now & then, as do my mates. Theres a pub that we frequent that does these really nice shooters at the weekends. On a friday or saturday, in this pub, a barmaid will wander round with a tray. On the tray are four or five bottles some shot glasses. Its her job to punt the drinks on her tray and it isn't a hard job, at least not where me & my mates are concerned. We always try all the drinks and they're usually very nice and always lead to a very drunken night. After many visit to said pub we discussed how the drinks were made. (they are all mixed by the pub owner who won't reveal his secrets) I decided it was time for me to give it a go. I have made many different concoctions, some more successful than others. (Old Smokey is the one creation that still lurks in my drinks cabinet! No one will drink more than one shot because it tastes evil!) But I'll share with you a recepie that may not be the best drink you ever had but it won't kill you. Hopefully. First things first, you need an empty bottle to brew your mixture in. Got one? Good. Now fill it about half way with vodka - cheap stuff is best, no point in wasting the good stuff. Next is the bit where you can use your imagination. The secret ingredients! Sweeties. Yup. And lots of them. Whatever kind takes your fancy. Best bet if some sort of boiled sweet. I used wine gums once but they didn't dissolve very well and it left gooey gunk at the bottom. Dump the sweets in the bottle. I used polo fruits last time and the result was quite pleasant. Now let the sweets dissolve. Putting the bottle in a basin of hot water will speed this up. When you think you've added enough sweets, add some more! You need to get rid of the taste of that really cheap vodka! Once your happy with that just top the mixture up with whatever you want. Try any combination of the following - red bull, orange juice, co
ke, tequila(scary!), blue bols, rum, irn-bru, etc. Whatever you want really. After you've done all this give the bottle a good shake and stick it in the fridge. Once its chilled, get your mates round and force them to drink it. If it tastes bad, try again but change what you put in it. A bit more of this, a bit less of that. OK, so this isn't really an easy to follow guide. But the general idea is sweets + vodka = evil drink. Evil drink + your insides = wobblyness. Have fun experimenting! Straymuffin takes no responsibility for users of this guide having raging hangovers or loss of vision.
Whilst on holiday earlier this year, me and my mates stumbled across a new drink called "Monkey's Brains". All it is is a mixture of Baileys, aftershock, and blackcurrent or cherryade. When mixed together, the baileys begins to curdle and leaves you with a deadly lumpy substance. When drinking, it feels like rice pudding going down your throat, but the taste is beautiful. The after shock doesn't kick in until the majority of the drink hits the pit of your stomach, and after a few of these you are buzzin'.
Forget the bragging that you can down 10 pints or finish off a bottle of Suvenir by yourself if you want to get totally bonkers for a fraction of the price experiment with your life by downing an Aborigine Sling. The Sling, of which I have no idea where the name derives from is a lethal cocktail that I advise be drunk on a full stomach. This is not something you do more than one of unless you have a desire to pass out or spend the night in hospital. Most bars, pubs etc. refuse to serve more than two shots in a single glass (UK law) so you have to order this in two sections. Section 1: ask for a shot of gin and a shot of whisky to be poured into the same glass. I would advise going for premium brands. Gordons for the gin and perhaps a Glen for the whisky although Jack Daniels will suffice if you have to. Section 2: Ask for a double shot of Baileys with NO ice. Get a long glass and pour the gin and whisky into it. Now, carefully, pour the Baileys into the long glass over a spoon (not necessary but it adds to the ponse factor). In seconds the mixture will congeal as the cream in the Baileys seperates from the whisky of it and spreads through the straight gin and whisky. WARNING: You must drink this quickly. The longer you leave the mixture the harder it will be to down. Down the mixture quickly trying to not vomit over the hardened cream bits that might form on the top. If you are still focussed after it considor yourself lucky. But do NOT be fooled. It will hit you. So don't order another one. The AS has proven itself time and time again. It is the one of the few truly destrcutive cocktails I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing.
The price of a bottle of Ouzo in this country is totally ridiculous. I found it at £10.19 in Morrisons and another Dooyooer says that it sells at £10.80 in Tesco. This Greek spirit costs under £2 for a 70cl bottle in Greece or Cyprus. Somebody is making a huge profit on a bottle of this. Surely it can't all be tax! Ouzo is a clear, white, spirit that is usually about 37.5% proof (the one in Morrisions is 37%). It tastes very strongly of aniseed and is quite rough and hot to drink unless you add water, which the traditional way to drink it. You can also drink it with orange juice or/and lemonade. This stuff makes you drunk very quickly but I think it is veryover priced in this country. If you like Pernod or Absinth you will like this.
I just like drinking Ouzo, but I did learn a bit about the 'proper' way to do it!. On a recent holiday to Cyprus I drank this at every opportunity. It's a Greek spirit which is generally around 40% proof. It tastes very strongly of aniseed and makes your eyes water if you try to drink it neat. Cypriot friends assured me that Ouzo is excellent for sore throats, coughs and stomach upsets. I could believe that as it is quite soothing once the initial burning goes away! The object of drinking Ouzo, for the Greeks, anyway, is not to get drunk but to get so totally relaxed that nothing matters anymore, to dance, to sing, and just to be happy. Who can possibly be that happy if they can't stand up, feel very sick and have their head in their hands? I spotted a 70cl bpttle of this in Tesco. It was priced at £10.80 which shocked me. I paid just £1.85 for the same sized bottle in Cyprus. Somebody somewhere is making a huge profit on this. Surely it isn't all tax! I walked away in disgust as I really felt that I would have ripped off if I had paid that price. I will probably pay for it eventually but at the moment I refuse to pay over the odds. For those of you who perhaps aren't so 'tight' with their cash there are several ways to enjoy this drink. Try it with water which is the traditional way to drink it. It turns milky but if you add a few drops of vodka it goes clear again. I don't recommend that you do this! It was just by way of information. You can drink it with orange juice, or lemonade. There are probably lots of other ways to do it and things to mix it with but these are my favourites. This drink is very potent and the Greeks say that if you get drunk on Ouzo you will be drunk for three days. Every time you drink some water it starts the Ouzo off again. I'm not telling you whether I think that's true, or not! The best Ouzo is said to c
ome from Lesvos, in Greece. The most popular one being Mitilini. The proper way to drink Ouzo is to drink it slowly with mezedes which are little plates of food, or snacks (octopus and things like that!). This way you relax and let the world float over you without feeling the effects of the alcohol too much. Life gradually becauses beautiful and all is fine with the world. (A very Greek way of doing things, particularly in the villages and among the Cypriot Greeks.) There are many different kinds of Ouzo to choose from, although you won't get this selection in UK. (Unfortunately you will probably have to take whatever brand the shop has, or do without!) However, when in Greece or Cyprus choose between these: Ouzo Mini: Smooth and soft tasting. 40% proof Ouzo Kefi: This is what you are likely to get in Tavernas and Kefis if you just ask for Ouzo. Barbayannis: Most famous Ouzo. 46% proof...strong! Plomari by Arvanitis: No other Ouzo comes in a corked bottle. All the others have screw caps. There are other Ouzos available locally in different Greek towns like Kronos. EPOM is about the largest company making this spirit. (It's this one that I've seen on sale in UK). If you do by chance meet someone who distills their own Ouzo take care! This stuff is very strong, its effects will hit you like a hammer, and you just don't know what it might do. It won't have the aniseed taste of commercially produced stuff but you might enjoy a glass. It isn't really Ouzo, more like Raki. (Don't have too many! I speak from experience...three was far too many for me! Now I've written all that I really wish I hadn't been such a skinflint. I could just do with a large Ouzo and water. Maybe I'll buy it tomorrow.
When I was 12 I remember going over to the Canary islands with my mam, dad and little brother. We went on day trip after day trip (because there is not much else for a kid to do over there - its hardly as if you can go out and get pissed all the time). One of the trips we went on had a stop at a banana plantation and I was allowed a small glass of this lovley sweet drink. (which burnt my 12 year old throate at the time). Since then whenever I've been over at the Canaries I have brought at least one bottle back with me as I've yet to see it here in the UK. It has a sweet banana taste much stronger than you would get in say banana cake and a delightfully sweet aftertaste too. I would reccomend this to anyone (after all I did love it wholeheartedly when I was a little kid). It has a very bright yellow colour and can be used in cooking to spice up the look or the taste of a dish as it is soo strong. It doesn't go well with food on its own though and should only be drunk in moderation. For those of you that like the banana drink, I would recommend that you also try the kiwi liquer. This is also fantasticly sweet and I have purchased this when on holiday too.. Feel free to add comments Cheers Alex PS I recently bought somemore of this for just over a quid (500ml) in Mallorca. Its still lovely and it tastes great mixed with an equal proportion of blue curaco and 4 proportions of milk. Topped with a little whipped cream. Lovley. You will need a straw though. Cheers.
A distilled beverage is a liquid preparation meant for consumption containing ethyl alcohol (ethanol) purified by distillation from a fermented substance such as fruit, vegetables, or grain. The word spirits generally refers to distilled beverages low in sugars and containing at least 35% alcohol by volume. Baijiu, Gin, Ginger Wine, vodka, rum, whisky (or whiskey), brandy, absinthe, tequila, and traditional German schnapps are types of spirits. Distilled beverages with added flavorings and a relatively high sugar content such as Grand Marnier, Frangelico and American style schnapps are generally referred to as liqueurs. The term liquor may mean spirits; spirits and liqueurs; or all alcoholic beverages, including wine, sake, beer, and mead.