National Kahlua Day 2014

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I LOVE KAHLUA!!!  But as I am writing this I see an empty bottle in the trash. Sad face.

Thursday, February 27th is National Kahlua Day

Celebrate the day with a great treat – add to your favorite cheesecake or serve over a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Tiramisu anymore?

Cocktails

Kahlua + Vodka = Black Russian

Kahlua + Vodka + cream = White Russian

Kahlua + Vodka + coffee = Kahlua Martini

Kahlua + vodka + espresso = Espresso Martini

But now for my personal favorite…

Roasted Apple,1.5 oz Vodka, 1 oz Kahula, Fill pint glass with Stella Artois Cidre

From Wikipedia:  Kahlúa is a Mexican coffee-flavored rum-based liqueur. It is dense and sweet, with the distinct taste of coffee, from which it is made. Kahlúa also contains sugar, corn syrup and vanilla bean. Pedro Domecq began producing Kahlúa in 1936. It was named Kahlúa, meaning “House of the Acolhua people” in the Veracruz Nahuatl language spoken before the Spanish Conquest.

The Bud Bunch

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What is this the Brady Bunch?

First, Lime-A-Rita (2012) then Straw-Ber-Rita (3/13). Followed by Cran-Ber-Rita (seasonal 2013)

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This malt beverage (with natural flavors, artificial sweetener & artificial colors added) will be packaged in 8oz cans). For an 8oz serving of the 8% ABV version it will have 199 calories, 23.6g carbs…for the 6% ABV version it will have 149 calories and 18g carbs.

Next up Raz-Ber-Rita and Mang-O-Rita

8% ABV and 292 calories per 12oz serving.

Next up a Family reunion.

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Prelude to Lent

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Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is the last opportunity for indulgence in food and drink before Lent. With a little more than 7 days left until Mardi Gras, what I really want to know is what should we drink to celebrate before Ash Wednesday.

Now there are plenty more drinks out there, but I found these three to be the most popular and consistent everywhere.  Here’s what I have found in no particular order:

Hurricane

The Hurricane became popular at Pat O’Briens bar in 1940’s New Orleans, apparently debuted at the 1939 World’s Fair and was named after the hurricane lamp-shaped glasses the first drinks were served in. It’s said that O’Brien created the heavily rummed drink as a means to get rid of the large stock of rum his Southern distributors forced him to buy.

Sazerac

The official drink of New Orleans (literally—legislation passed in June 2008 naming it so), the Sazerac can trace its origins back to early 19th-century druggist and freemason, Antoine Peychaud, who would host freemason meetings at his pharmacy and serve a mix of Sazerac de Forge Cognac, absinthe and his proprietary bitters.

Ramos Gin Fizz

Also called the New Orleans Fizz, this ethereal mix of gin, citrus juice, egg white and heavy cream was invented in 1888 by New Orleans bar owner Henry C. Ramos.

To learn more about the History of Mardi Gras

It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.  – Mark Twain