Category: Booze

Field notes- pregnancy



Love the idea- Mint Julep recipe via

I always loved the idea of mint juleps, but the one time I remember tasting one, I really didn’t like it. Bless for the background info on this drink… it seems like the idea of this drink is particularly beloved, though it is rarely consumed. Who knew?

Feel adventurous? Make one yourself 😉

Mint Julep Recipe


Total: Under 5 mins

Active: Under 5 mins

Makes: 1 drink

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From: Field Guide to Cocktails , by Rob Chirico

The world-renowned Mint Julep is a mixture of mint, sugar, and bourbon, but some historians argue that the first Juleps may have been made with common brandy. If Freud is more talked about than read, the Mint Julep is more read about than drunk. One survey revealed that while 70 percent of Americans not from the South had never tasted a Mint Julep, 73 percent of Southerners had never had one either.

…Get the rest of the story (AND the recipe) at

Kiss me, I’m a milk shake (Guinness Milk Shake recipe, via

People get a little crazy for St. Patrick’s Day, which is, of course, part of the fun. Without the green booze, green icing, green stickers and pins, and stupid mass-produced shirts/aprons/hats, it would be just another saint’s day (not like St. Valentine, but rather one of the more boring, less marketable saints.)

Who needs that? Besides, I love booze. And icing. And with enough booze, I find kitsch amusing (even endearing, sometimes).

All the same, sometimes I like to indulge (in memory of the Saint, of course!) with a little less food-coloring and a little more flavor. When I saw had this recipe on their website, I knew it was the one.

For some, the idea of beer and ice cream might seem, well, nasty. The key here is that it is a stout with ice cream. I went through a beer milk shake (more of a beer float, really) phase in university with my friends. Any dark, rich (preferably microbrewed, for snob appeal) stout works. The stout+sweet ice cream becomes a rich, velvety, chocolatey goodness all of its own. You won’t get drunk (or buzzed) off of one of these (if you are in your late teens or early twenties, just stop reading and go drink a gallon of green beer), but you will appreciate the new flavor 🙂

So, without further ado, here ’tis:

Get the recipe at

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate and a Smoking Bishop…Recipes –

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Recipe – CHOW.

It just started raining. With thunder. And lightning. So, instead of the dog-walk that I totally maybe probably was going to take, I feel strongly that I should be drinking this:

Tipsy Hazelnut Hot Chocolate Recipe

Difficulty: Easy


Total: 10 mins

Makes: 2 to 4 servings

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By Amy Wisniewski

Some say bacon makes everything better; I say Nutella is the magic enhancer. And here, hazelnut liqueur enhances the flavors of the chocolate-hazelnut spread. You could also use a different nut liqueur like walnut, for double nuttiness.

This recipe was featured as part of our Hot Boozy Drinks photo gallery.

…Read on for the full recipe at

Granted, in mine, there would be soymilk and no cream….or MAYBE soy cream (which we tried the other week in cooking, and it was fan-freaking-tastic.) But I think soymilk, nutella, and Frangelico would give me sufficient satisfaction.

I’m also content, deep in my soul, that Chow has a ‘Hot, Boozy Drinks” section.

On that note, now I’m considering making a very pared-down version of a Smoking Bishop over the weekend…. I had a weird craving for warm, spiced wine the other week. Now I have a name and a recipe for it 😉 Thanks, Chow! (See Chow’s recipe below 😉 )

Smoking Bishop (Mulled Red Wine with Port) Recipe

Difficulty: Easy


Total: 2 hrs, plus overnight infusing

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

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By Amy Wisniewski

Popular in the 18th century—and enjoyed by Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol—this mulled wine remains the quintessential holiday drink.

This recipe was featured as part of our Hot Boozy Drinks photo gallery.

…Sounds good, right? Get the directions for this delight at