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The Old Fashioned

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the cocktail’s cocktail. First served in 1880 in Kentucky, this drink is the first to be called a cocktail. It’s a real adult beverage and it’s real good!

Spirit, sweet, bitter, sour and water – perfect! But you have to know how to make and mix this perfect elixir.

The Old Fashioned is made by expertly muddling sugar with bitters and then adding to an alcohol base such as whiskey or brandy. The finished mix is served in a short, round piece of glassware with about 8 to 12 ounces of capacity. Since it’s the first cocktail, the Old Fashioned even has a piece of glassware named for it. The Old Fashioned

 Make your own Old Fashioned

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 2 Orange Slices
  • 3 ounces Whiskey or Brandy
  • Maraschino Cherry Garnish
  1. Place the sugar cube at the bottom of glass
  2. Saturate the cube with bitters.
  3. Add one orange slice.
  4. Muddle the ingredients.
  5. Fill the glass with ice cubes.
  6. Add the spirit.
  7. Stir well. Stir properly.
  8. Garnish with a second orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Next time you go to a bar or tavern, order an Old Fashioned. First, you’ll be able to test as to whether you are in a real bar or not. Second, you’ll be able to tell whether you have a real bartender or not. Otherwise, unless you make it yourself, a good Old Fashioned is hard to find. Enjoy!

Smell Like A Captain

The first cologne based on a sea-captain celebrity!

Want to smell like a captain? Sure, who wouldn’t want to smell like Captain Stubing (Gavin McLeod) of Love Boat fame? Hormel made this mens cologne, yes Hormel, the Texas food company that also makes Spam. They also make Dinty Moore, Farmer John, Herdez and Stagg. Who could turn down an offer from such a famous manufacturer of mens fragrances? Odiferous, yes indeed!

Smell Like A Captain

“Your Captain”

Spritz on a little bit of this delicate but masculine scent and you are guaranteed to smell just like:

  • Stale sea water
  • Putrid bilge water
  • Rotting algae
  • Stinky seaweed
  • Seagull poop
  • Pepperoni
  • Genoa salami
  • Sweaty bald head

 Good choice, mate! Sail on . . . 

Greetings From Weeki Wachee!

Greetings From Weeki Wachee!

Weeki Wachee is a small city in Hernando County, Florida. The 2000 U.S. Census listed the population as 12. Yes, 12.

Even stranger, in 2004, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population of Weeki Wachee as still 12. Yes, 12.

Greetings From Weeki Wachee

Wachee Springs State Park includes amusements such as mermaid shows, animal shows and various water rides. Weeki Wachee Gardens are nearby as well as the Weekiwachee Preserve.

Weeki Wachee Arthur Godfrey

“Weeki Wachee is one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World!”

Mai Tais Anyone?

Mai Tais Anyone?

The Mai Tai is a venerable alcoholic cocktail based on rum, Curaçao liqueur and lime juice. This drink is most popularly associated with Tiki culture and Polynesian-style settings.

Mai Tais Anyone

This very tasty cocktail was purportedly invented in 1944 at the famous Trader Vic’s in  Oakland, California. Trader Vic’s rival, Don the Beachcomber, claimed to have created it in 1933 at his bar named for himself. Don the Beachcomber’s recipe is more complex than Trader Vic’s and tastes quite different. Nevertheless, try a Mai Tai today. Thanks for visiting!