Friday, February 22, 2008

Bärenjäger Toddy

Sometime when I'm at the liquor store I like to pick up something I've never had before. This usually ends in tragedy, but sometimes I strike gold. This is one of those times.

Have you ever seen this before? It's a honey liqueur, and it's delicious. It really tastes like cuddly pot of honey that was left out to turn to booze on a summer afternoon. It tastes like clover blossoms and French kisses with blond bees. The bottle has a handy belt strap on the back.

Since winter is almost over (godspeed, vernal equinox!), I figured I'd enjoy one last taste of winter and make a hot toddy. I know, it runs completely contrary to the imagery I put in your head in the preceding paragraph, but cut me a little slack. I love hot toddies. Anything that consists of bourbon, honey and lemon is alright by me.

Bärenjäger Toddy

1 glug Bärenjäger honey liqueur
1 glug good bourbon
1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice, plus a wedge to garnish
2 oz. boiling water

Pour each of these things into your favorite mug. My favorite mug actually has Deery Lou on it, but it's in the dishwasher right now. I'll find out tomorrow if I'll ever drink it again.

In other news, since I have been hit with a couple more memes (seriously, people, stop the insanity), I decided I'm going to double-dip and select the same five victims for both. Judy smacked me with the E is for Excellent award (I was really hoping the E was for Epilepsy, but alas), for whom I am supposed to select five more recipients. And Núria blasted me with the monstrosity of Name a Million Earnest Things About Yourself, This Time With Feeling. Another five victims.

I don't want to play along, but I noticed that when I mock these things or protest, nice people stop reading my blog. The hell am I supposed to do? This isn't LiveJournal, for fuck's sake. Can't you people see that?

So I am making a compromise. I will answer the stupid questions and pick five more people. But this time, I implore you, I beseech you, DO NOT PICK ME FOR ANY MORE MEMES. For the love of god. If you don't listen, I will be forced to think of more synonyms for begging, and who wants that? No one, that's who.


What were you doing 10 years ago?

I was living in a shitty apartment, growing ever less enamored of my then stoner-artist boyfriend (who did not become the Hubz) and in my third year of forestry school. I think that's the year I started eating seafood after 8 or so years of vegetarianism. And looking forward to my thirties.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

Pretty much this, I just wasn't talking about it.

Five snacks you enjoy

Korean ramen with extra sesame oil and cayenne sprinkled on top
Cinnamon Chex with skim milk
Baby garlic dill pickles (or cornichons)
Toast with butter and marmalade
Imitation crab, chunk-style, straight from the package

5 Things you would do if you were a millionaire

1. Open a supper club. You know those places that have family-style communal tables, prix-fixe menu, dinner only (maybe brunch on Sundays). Simpatica (one of my favorite restaurants) is this style, and I love sitting with other patrons chatting about each course. This is the only kind of restaurant I can see myself cooking in.

2. Donate $100,000 to Planned Parenthood and $100,000 to the Nature Conservancy.

3. Live in Japan for a year or twelve. One week is not long enough.

4. Buy a huge old Victorian and remodel it to be completely green. Like Platinum LEED Rating green. I've always wanted to live in a really old house with three or four floors and little creepy stairways hidden in closets. I'd like to go completely solar for my electricity.

5. I'd build a conservatory with a swimming pool inside so I can swim in the same place as I grow citrus trees, vanilla orchids and heirloom tomatoes. And I want a pet heron to do my bidding. He can live in the conservatory when it's too cold outside.

5 bad habits

I rarely floss my teeth, I belch, I cuss, I blow off going to the gym more than I go, and I talk shit about people behind their backs.

5 things you like doing

Drinking, eating, cooking, writing, watching E! True Hollywood Stories

5 things I would never wear again

An army jacket, long johns as outerwear, Birkenstocks, tie-dye, patchouli

5 favorite toys

My Wii, my camera, my propane torch, my chef's knife, my USB turntable

I changed my mind. I don't want to pick any people to pass this on. I have a feeling I won't need to, since the people I would pick will get picked by others anyway. And besides, you can't get to know people by forcing them to answer forced, insipid questions like life is a Sign-In, Sign-Out book from 4th grade.


Peter G said...

In the current Sydney climate give me the bourbon on the rocks thanks! And here! here! about the memes...I'm with you on that (although the thought is nice in the first place..)

Heather said...

You're one I'd tag if I were keeping up this charade.

Emiline said...

I had my first hot toddy the other night when I was sick! I just had honey in it, but honey liquor would have been great.

I'm so sick of MEMEs! No more! Please. I'm glad you didn't tag me.

Aww, you're cute! That's quite a frock you have on.

I like the idea about a conservatory. And a heron. The word conservatory makes me think of Clue.

Peter M said...

Awww, look at the cute pic of the "pottymouth in training"!

Your supperclub idea is great. I took my mom once to the Magic Wok (Cantonese) and we were seated at a large table with the Chinois folk, great cultural exchange.

Finally, you've been tagged....PSYCHE! lol

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

Good job...very cute kid picture!

Syd said...

That drink looks more like an elixir than a cocktail. But, I'll keep it in mind in case I catch this nasty bug that's going around.

I'm with you on MEMEs. I enjoy reading them, but I hate participating. If someone tags me, I usually mock them on my blog. It works.

Catherine Wilkinson said...

Nice! I love a boozy remedy for what ails me. Microwaving Nyquil doesn't quite cut it.
I think I'd want a raven. I think they're reincarnated IBM salesmen.

Heather said...

Em - My mom sewed that frock for me! Conservatories do make great places to commit murrrrderrrrr. (Insert maniacal laughter here.)

Peter - I actually got my mouth washed out with soap for calling someone a bastard when I was about 6 or 7. That person may have actually been a bastard, though, so that's sending kids mixed messages.

Judy - Does it make you feel good to know that your yard is part of my millionaire fantasy?

Syd - It does make good medicine, but I think that honey liqueur would be great in sweet tea or lemonade.

Catherine - Herons haven't evolved since the Pleistocene, so they might be reincarnated frat boys.

Judy @ No Fear Entertaining said...

You know what is really funny? My daughter actually made friends with a heron last Wed. when I took her to the market with me. She fed him peeled shrimp off the shrimp boat!!! I have the pictures on my iPhone but have no idea how to get them on my blog!

glamah16 said...

Hhahahaha. I know your sick of it but its interesting reading. I have the ask the German Boyfriend about this. I trust your recommendation and will search high and low for it to add to the bar. If I cant find it I'll have him bring me back some from his frequent travels home.

michelle @ Us vs. Food said...

the more umlauts in my booze the better! drink 'em if you got 'em.

Jeremy said...

Jaeger, as I was informed by my step mother, a PHD in Germany, is almost all formaldehyde, drive safley!

Anonymous said...

They're happy because they eat lard! hahahahahaha. I know that doesn't have anything to do with your post but i love it anyway.
Let's start a pork fat meme just for fun. To test people pork IQ, you know. The internet NEEDS that!

KristiB said...

I agree on the meme's-even though I tagged you :)As a new blogger I had no idea how annoying they could be.

Ben said...

How many memes does it take to drive you insane? :-p

Anonymous said...


Núria said...

I see you also changed your profile picture!!! Very sweet one, this one!!!! :D lol

Hey, do I have to remind you who sent me my first meme?????
I don't want to be tagged anymore.. but I must recognize that I love reading people's memes!

I think this is one of the first liquours humans invented... was it called hidromiel here? Greeks, vikings, even mayans used it!!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Great meme and great Toddy Heather! Does it taste like mead?

I know what you are saying about the Memes..although I enjoy them, I need a break from them! Seriously.

Ivy said...

Hi Heather, I dropped by to say thanks for visiting my site. I am a great fun of yours. I visit often and enjoy reading your posts and your sense of humour. I have a picture just like yours with the same hair style:-)

Heather said...

I forgot to reply to everyone's comments! I'm such a bad friend.

I am jealous of Judy's daughter.

Coco's boyfriend probably has many college hangover stories about this booze.

Umlauts make it taste more like heavy metal. Fortunately, we have laws in the US to protect us from formaldehyde getting in our umlauts.

Insanity is my tootsie roll center. The world will never know how many memes it takes to get to it.

We should only start a pork meme for the vegans. Will no one think of the vegans?!

Getting tagged is like getting hit on. The first time is flattering, then you just get tired of letting the poor bastard down easy.

Yes, I flipped off the photographer at my own wedding. What do you think we were paying him for?

The liqueur tastes a bit like mead, but it's 35% alcohol.

Ivy has finally admitted that she is stalking me. I knew it! Now we can be BFFs. :)

Nicolette (Nikki) Miller-Ka said...

Sorry about the whole tagging thing. Didn't know it was all rampant and annoying. Then again, I should know. It's like getting those dumb FWD emails from your mom, telling you to pass it on or you'll die.

Oh and I have a goal this year to stay at all five U.S. LEED hotels. There's one around the way from me.

Heather said...

No problem, Nikki! they remind me of chain letters too (which I have always despised).

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

I hear you on the meme thing. For 5months, no one knew I existed. Then, 4 memes and 2 awards in 3 days! It took me a whole weekend to write up the posts! I got over that lonely feeling pretty quick!