Friday, November 20, 2015

Gringo Hot Chocolate

Thanksgiving always puts us back into recipe mode. It must be something about the combinations of cold weather, warm kitchens, and the aromas of fall spices. The first snowfall of the year is upon us, so kick back and enjoy a riff of semi-homemade goodness from our Lounge to yours. Warm yourself with a bit of Gringo hot chocolate.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Carpano Manhattan

One of the toughest common cocktail ingredients for the typical red-blooded beer-drinking Wisconsinite to get through is vermouth. Vermouth is just fortified wine (wine with a distilled spirit like brandy added) to bring the proof up to around 30-34 in most cases and also aromatized. Aromatization is the flavoring of wine with various botanicals like roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Bell’s Brewery Beers

Bell's Brewery Porter and
Bell's Brewery Kalamazoo Stout
One good thing about a big warehouse liquor store like Woodman’s is that you can readily buy great beers a bottle at a time without the fear that your 99 rated porter smells and tastes like a skunk’s butt because it has been sitting on the shelf since 1987. Woodman’s also pulls out some of the highest-rated brews especially for impulse buying; it works because we occasionally snag some of these brews to see what the fuss is about.