Tulsa Time, New Year’s Style

“My baby said I was crazy. My mama called me lazy. I was gonna show ’em all this time, ’cause you know I ain’t no foolin’ and I don’t need no more schoolin’, I was born to just walk the … Continue reading Tulsa Time, New Year’s Style

City Grocery Bloody Mary

Ingredients 4 cups V8 juice 1 3/4 cup vodka 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 5 tspn prepared horseradish 1 1/2 tspn finely grated shallots 1 1/2 tspn minced garlic 2 tbsn dill pickle juice 2 tspn Tabasco hot sauce 3/4 tspn celery seeds 2 1/2 tspn freshly ground black pepper 1 1/2 tspn kosher salt Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime Ice Cubes 6 Pickled Okra pods 12 cocktail onions 6 good-quality pitted olives 6 lime wedges Music Welcome to the Jungle, by Guns N’ Roses. Directions Combine the first 13 … Continue reading City Grocery Bloody Mary

Branch on Fire: Driftless Glen Straight Rye Single Barrel

I bought this one by accident. Seriously. I meant to grab a store pick from the same distillery and did not notice that this bottle was in the wrong row. With that being said, not exactly a horrible mistake. Driftless Glen is a craft distillery in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Never heard of Baraboo? Me neither. It is northwest of Madison, up not too far from the Wisconsin Dells. And, I recently learned, they source their grain from Teutopolis, IL, an hour from my hometown. The Single Barrel Rye has won a few awards, including a gold medal best in class at … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Driftless Glen Straight Rye Single Barrel

Branch on Fire: Peerless Double Oak Bourbon

Peerless has only been a distillery in its current iteration since 2015, located in downtown Louisville. But they quickly made a name for themselves when their Rye started winning awards in 2017. The rye has been the flagship since, by and large. Enter Peerless Double Oak. Double Oak means exactly what you would think it means, it gets taken from one fresh oak cask, after aging, and put into another fresh oak cask for more aging. The idea being that new wood provides more flavor. It is a concept that is getting more and more popular, although I will admit … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Peerless Double Oak Bourbon

Book Nook: Caffeine, by Michael Pollan

Let’s be honest here. Most of us do drugs. Well, one drug specifically–caffeine. Caffeine has been used regularly for centuries now, and Michael Pollan decided it was time to take a look at the history and try to explore some of the ramifications of our developed addiction to those little plants–coffee and tea. Pollan is most notably known for The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Cooked, the latter of which still sits on my coffee table in my stack of books to get to. Caffeine was a shorter Audible recording, focused solely on one aspect of our diets that has played a … Continue reading Book Nook: Caffeine, by Michael Pollan

Branch on Fire: Indiana Whiskey Just Whiskey Cask Strength

The Indiana Bourbon Club did the March Madness thing for whiskey recently. You know, pit a bunch of local places against each other and have fans vote on champions. It is as unscientific as it gets, but generally fun. I have only had a few of these: Hotel Tango, Starlight and Indiana Whiskey. I have heard good things about Hard Truth and have been looking for that one. Seeing this reminded me I still have a couple of bottles I picked up at Indiana Whiskey in South Bend, so it is time for a proper write-up. Indiana Whiskey was started … Continue reading Branch on Fire: Indiana Whiskey Just Whiskey Cask Strength