Archive | July, 2012

Inspiring drinks

31 Jul

I’ve recently started to get into Bourbon. All this drink used to bring to mind was rednecks, Jim Beam and sticky sweet coke as a mixer. I prefer the seemingly more sophisticated taste of scotch whiskey – Laphroaig being my favourite of the Islay range.

But then a good friend hosted a whiskey appreciation night. Amongst them we got to try Blanton’s Single Barrel Special Reserve Bourbon and I really liked it. At first I’m sure it was jaunty horse on the lid of the bottle that took my fancy, but the taste got me too. It was so smooth and tasty. It was a night of surprises. My friend, G, set up the whiskeys in range of cheapest to most expensive so the bottle of Blue Label Johnnie Walker made it’s appearance last. What a disappointment that turned out to be. It’s a blended scotch, highly priced and so over-hyped.

Back to Blanton’s. I decided to buy myself a bottle a couple of months ago – it’s delightful. Brisbane winter evenings have been on the chilly side of late and it’s a perfect drink to warm you up. Slightly sweet and so smooth. A perfect end to an evening.

Next step – marry the new favourite liquor into a cocktail. The answer: Manhattan. Made popular in Some Like It Hot and Mad Men. Described on the website as: delicious rocket fuel, two will have you declaring your love to people. Three will have you grabbing the mic and singing your lungs out, regardless of whether it’s a karaoke night or not.
Mmmm… I agree wholeheartedly. It’s a cocktail that certain packs a punch. It is delicious and perfect as my wintry cocktail choice.

The recipe I followed can be found here:

Bourbon Manhattan Cocktail

Author: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Prep time: 5 mins

Total time: 5 mins

Serves: 1


·         2 ½ ounces bourbon whiskey

·         1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth

·         2-3 dashes aromatic bitters (We use Angostura)

·         maraschino cherry for garnish

·         orange peel for garnish


1.       Fill a martini glass to the brim with ice so it chills while you make the Manhattan.

2.       Add whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters to a shaker or glass with a few ice cubes, and then stir or gently shake. Do not over do it, you do not want the ice to water down the drink.

3.       Discard ice from martini glass then strain Manhattan into the chilled glass and garnish with cherry and orange peel.

Delicious and potent! Drink with your next screening of Some Like It Hot. What’s your favourite cocktail at the moment?

Tune for Wednesday

25 Jul

Tune for Wednesday

18 Jul

Batman vs Batman

18 Jul

Best intro?

Countdown to Batman!

16 Jul

It feels like I have been harping on about the Batman trilogy for some time on here. But it’s just that I’m ridiculously excited about seeing where Christopher Nolan takes this wonderful character next.
Wednesday night will be epic. I’m consumed with thoughts of getting to the cinema early enough to snag a great seat, and packing snacks to keep me happy all night through. Eeeeee!

What do you like to bring to the movies or buy at the movies to snack on?

On a website I read about the determining factors of considering something for a movie snack: portability, messiness, noisiness and healthiness. I’ve taking a survey in the office – talk of Jaffas, malteasers, crispy M&Ms. All very standard fare. For Wednesday night I think we need to keep the sugar intake initially down low. I’m thinking so far: strawberries, crystallised ginger, pretzels, nuts, strawberries, malteasers. Might have to be some sushi on the menu as well. And coffee, lots of coffee.


Classic Film Friday

13 Jul

El festival de las peliculas espanolas

11 Jul

The 15th Spanish Film Festival is coming to Brisbane this month and I’ve been poring over my program and selected the films I want to see and dog eared the pages and informed my friend S. She’s put together our itinerary which means (all things going well) that we get to see ten of the total films being shown. I’m pretty excited. Next week is going to be huge as the festival runs from the 11-22 July and next Wednesday is the date of the Batman Trilogy Movie Marathon.

Someone mistakenly told me I would be movied out by the week’s close. How little do they know…

Have you seen the program? Anything taking your fancy?

Tune for Wednesday

11 Jul

Classic Film Friday

6 Jul

Tune for Wednesday

4 Jul

Arcade Fire are on my ‘wishlist’ of bands yet to see live: