Know your Latin, Don’t Use Your Latin

Modern English has brilliantly borrowed from multiple sources but some seem to be more equal that others.  For some reason, people perceive polysylabic Latinate words as “smarter”.  Not so.  Simple, monosylabic old English root words are just as good.

There’s an example of a sign someone hung at the Pentagon requesting people to “Extinguish All Illumination”.  Pres Eisenhower, who had no need to impress anyone (liberating Europe will give you some confidence), saw it suggested “Turn out the damn lights”.

Simple as that.  Know your Latin, just don’t try to use it when communicating telling people something.

Primal Scream Therapy of the Homeless

I passed a man walking down Cincinnati’s Race St. this morning at 7:11 am.  He was shouting obscenities at the top of his lungs and I thought “that looks like fun…and cathartic.”

Maybe I’ll just take a day to do that.

The Blood and Sand

The Blood and Sand

from Alicia & Howard McEwen, CFA

¾ oz Orange Juice

¾ oz Scotch

¾ oz Sweet Vermouth

¾ oz Cherry Heering Cherry Liqueur

Shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

This was scheduled to be the February 08 cocktail.  However a good friend passed away the Saturday before the event so we canceled it.  However, this will be the one we serve in April.  My God is this a good drink.  Alicia declared at first sip that it bumped off the Pomegranate Manhattan as her favorite.

It does have a very sensual and sexy feel to it.  Very romantic.  Try it for anniversaries or night outs.

Scott Sargent who sold us our Kia sent me the following email that I think is the best testament to the Blood and Sand.

The Blood and Sand is the best drink that I have ever tried.  My wife and I had a date night on Saturday and went to GameWorks/ Jaxs down at Newport on the Levee for drinks and dinner.  With technology today I was able to find the recipe for Blood and Sand on my Blackberry and had the bartender make me one.  In result of this after dinner we had a little down time before our next engagement and we ran to the Party Source across the street and got everything I needed to make it at home.

The Vintage Sidecar

The Vintage Sidecar

from Alicia & Howard McEwen, CFA

1 ½ oz Brandy

1 oz Triple Sec/Orange liqueur (we used Patron’s Citronge)

½ lemon juice

Shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Flame an orange peel on the drink.

To flame an orange peel, cut a quarter size peel off the orange. Hold the orange skin side down over a lit match. Flex the orange peel. This will bend the orange peel releasing oils that are lit by the match. The droplets should fall into the drink.

This was served at the January 08 Cocktail Experience.  This is an old drink that not many people order.  My goal in starting these events was to teach myself and others about rarely ordered cocktails.  This was the first mostly unheard of one.  It went over well.  The theatrics of the flaming orange peel helped too.

French Martini

The Martini en francais

from Alicia McEwen, MS

1 oz vodka
1 oz raspberry liqueur
2 oz fresh pineapple juice

This was served at the December 08 Cocktail Experience.  A girly drink yes, but this went over well with some very manly men I drank it with.  It’s sooo 1990s, but who cares.  They’s good…especially in the summer time on a deck about 6:30 with a setting sun.

Vodka Martini

Vodka Martini

from Howard McEwen, CFA

2 oz Vodka

1 oz Dry (French) Vermouth

1 Olive

Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

We served this at the December 08 Cocktail Experience.  Trust be told – I can’t stand this.  Gin Martini even less.  There doesn’t seem to be much complexity.  I just love my brown liquors.  Our bottle of Vodka stays chilled and mostly full in our freezer.

Pomegranate Manhattan

Pomegranate Manhattan

from Alicia McEwen, MS

1.5 oz Bourbon

1.5 oz Pomegranate juice

1 teaspoon cherry syrup

3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Shake well. Garnish with three cherries.

Served at the November 08 Cocktail Experience.  This is our traditional bedtime cocktail.  Easy to make.  Helps you sleep.  Good for digestion.  And the pomegranate is a cancer fighter so I guess you can call it a health drink.

Classic Manhattan

Classic Manhattan

from Howard McEwen, CFA

2 oz Bourbon

1 oz Sweet (Italian) Vermouth sometimes listed as Rosso

1 teaspoon cherry syrup

3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Shake well. Garnish with a cherry.

When you’ve had a hard day at work and need a jolt to knock you out a bad track, this easy to sip-hard not to gulp cocktail will do the trick.  Limit one please if you’re driving.  This was served at the November 08 Cocktail Experience.

The Marty Jack aka The Jack Rose

Here’s the recipe for the Marty Jack made to our personal tastes:

1 ½ oz Laird’s Apple Jack
¾ 1:1 Simple Syrup
¼ oz Authentic Grenadine
2 tsp Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

Shake well, serve in a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a thin slice of Golden Delicious apple (no granny smiths please) and a maraschino cherry.

This will be served at my March Cocktail Experience.  I prefer brown liquors over clear.  Alicia commented that the Jack Rose seems to be a combination of the two.  She’s right.

Rocky Mountain Busted

The Rocky Mountain News is dead so I’ll offer up some advice I’ve given before.

If you’re a struggling business:  Return phone calls.

There’s been millions of navel gazing words written about the death of traditinal print media at the hands of the interwebs and television, but I would like to offer up another suspect…the newspapers themselves.

First, American newspapers are boring.  Read a single article by any of the UK papers and you’ll see what I mean.

But I think another reason would be that in my few years writing for various publications, the folks at those pubs just don’t return phone calls…unless it’s something they want NOW!  They must teach this is J-school because I’ve found it at local magazines and national.  I’ve found it at various newspapers.

It’s not that people decide to not buy the paper because some editor didn’t return their phone call, but it shows that the folks at the papers have an attitude that is extraordinarily self centered with little consideration given for others.

I’ve called a few people on it (usually whent hey finally return a phone call needing me to do some quick work).  I’m given the excuse that they are always busy, always on a deadline.  Yeah, join the rest of the world chump.  If you want some always busy, always on a deadline, try the world of self-employment.

Hey guys, your market share is shrinking.  You’re going to be out of a job someday so you might as well be – at a minimum – courteous to folks who may someday be able to help you get a job.

But don’t expect me to return your call before that unemployment runs out.