Monday, December 31, 2012
Monday, December 26, 2011
Friday, December 31, 2010
Recipe for a Happy New Year!
Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.
Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.
Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, prayer, meditation, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing—don't do it), and one well-selected resolution.
Here’s wishing the best to all of you for a wonderful 2011 filled with good health, joy, success and peace!
Happy New Year!!!
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Once in a blue moon there is a blue moon on New Year’s Eve but it won’t really be blue. A blue moon is the second full moon in a month and we will see it in all its glory as the countdown begins. The blue moon will be brilliant and I hope it is a clear night for good viewing and let there be no howling!
New Year’s Eve and speaking of the blue moon makes me think of moonshine and moonshine makes me think of whiskey. The best bourbon whiskey in the world is produced at Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, KY. (Is that kind of like “6 degrees of separation” thinking?) Those who know Bill undoubtedly know that when imbibing, his elixir of the gods is Maker’s Mark. Maker’s Mark is smooth, gentle and very easy to drink. It is termed a “wheatie” because any rye is replaced with wheat, making it milder and sweeter than rye whiskies.
If you should get the chance to visit Maker’s Mark, you should! It is beautiful out that way in the countryside (I really mean way out in the country, on very narrow back roads!) with its bold black and red buildings, black fences and fields surrounding it. The tour is truly interesting and you will see how the red wax seal is hand-dipped and applied to the bottle.
Not only does Bill enjoy drinking it, he is also a Maker’s Mark Ambassador. As an ambassador, Bill had a barrel in the warehouse with his name on it that aged for 7 years. When his barrel reached maturity, the people at Maker’s Mark invited him to come for a visit for the honor of applying the traditional label bearing his name, then hand dipping his bottles in the red wax and finally, stamping the top of the bottle, reading 2009. It made for an interesting unique visit!
Back to New Year’s Eve! It would not be complete without a glass of
Champagne and we’ll throw in a , the so-called “king of cocktails”, made with Maker’s Mark and Sweet Vermouth. It is strong, urbane, simple and deep in flavor; a hearty cocktail. The drink originated at the Manhattan Manhattan Club in in the 1870’s and is still regarded as one of the greatest cocktails ever created. Sweet Vermouth has a very intense flavor so the drink will taste much stronger if more is added. New York City
1 ½ ounces Maker’s Mark
¼ ounce Sweet Vermouth or Dry Vermouth
dash Angostura Bitters, optional
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass and drink straight up or serve it on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with Maraschino cherry.
Happy New Year to you all!!!