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Surprise, surprise

20 Nov

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Happy Thanksgiving!
The surprise is this…surprisingly delicious drink.
I know everyone has their menu for the big day set so I figured I’d give you a drink with some holiday-ish ingredients. It has cranberry juice anyway.

And lord knows a good pilgrim carries vodka.

First I will be self indulgent and say thanks for just a few of wonderful things in my life.
I am thankful:
That I can spew out whatever is on my mind, add a recipe, and that you read it.
For the most amazing and supportive family.
That I get to work as an actress in LA (see above).
That I have a fwife. That’s a friend who I’d marry if friends who know they will love each other unconditionally all of their lives could have a ceremony/celebration of their friendship.
That I have people in my life who are true friends.
For the public library, half a block away.
For my agent and manager.
That I have a group of people to practice improv with at long last.
That I get to visit Chicago and St. Louis for the holidays.
That people beyond my family have been eating the pie I bake.
That my folks take care of my kitty Java and he gets to frolic outside.
For free recipe apps.

All that is really the tip of the iceberg. I could go on. So let’s have a drink and rejoice in the abundance of the world. Sorry if this post is trite. But I get a bit maudlin around the holidays. Oh yes, vodka.

Given as how vodka drinks are dismissed as lame, unsophisticated, and tragically unhip these days, I was surprised how lovely this was. I’ll shut up and give you the recipe for this diminutive cocktail.

Robin’s Nest from the Drinks Free app
1 oz. vodka
1 oz. cranberry juice (I used a cranberry juice cocktail-double the cocktail for this cocktail, double the cock, double the fun)
1/2 oz. clear creme de cacao
Shake all over ice and strain into your drinking vessel of choice. Whee. Sip. Yea! Thank you.

Honor thy ancestors

14 Jul

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In a shocking move on my part, that photo is me unmade-up, untouched.

Yeah, no make-up!
Fuck you Hollywood.

Do I look anything like her?

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Allow me to tell you about a badass.
My sort-of distant relation Jane was pretty awesome. I think she was the cousin of my grandmother?

She was quite different than the rest of my family. As in she smoked. I did not really get to know her until my family took a trip to visit my aunt and cousins in Palm Beach. Jane came up from Fort. Lauderdale.

She was 80 and I was 17. The bonding factor: cigarettes.
Oh, was I a chimney. And my family hated that but tolerated it because next to my anorexic fuck-up-ed-ness it was a lesser evil.

But now I had someone to smoke with! And Jane was ridiculously smart.
So we talked and smoked and then when the cigarettes were put up and the cocktail hour came she would make Brandy Alexanders.

Which I stupidly did not drink because a smart anorexic knows how many calories are in liqueurs and heavy cream.

Jane passed away with emphysema several years ago.

Don’t smoke kids, except from the rare foolish smoke I bum whilst under the influence(I am an imperfect role model), I quit, and so should you.

PSA moment brought to you by a guilty conscious for all the shit I put my family through.

Now that I am all wise and grown(and say fuck you to both Hollywood and calories), I have I admit that Brandy Alexanders are tasty, but it’s summer so why not turn that deliciousness into a shake?

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I cannot say for sure, but I bet Jane would approve,

Brandy Alexandra(adapted from the 8,500+ Drink and Cocktail Recipes Free! App)
1 oz. brandy
1/2 oz. clear Creme de cacao
Heaping half cup vanilla ice cream
Cinnamon

Take off any make-up. From your face.
Blend all ingredients but the cinnamon. I used my immersion blender. The original recipe says to add ice. I did not.
Pour into a glass and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Be a badass. And seriously, try not to smoke.