OK, I have to confess that I have seriously been the biggest slacker when it comes to blogging these days...I think the holiday took all my mojo and any bit of energy I had; but I have decided that enough is enough and it's time to get rid of this lazy, slacker attitude so I am back! Starting next week I will start posting on a regular basis and I am also planning on making some exciting changes to this blog. I welcome any and all ideas.
Let's get this weekend started with the perfect happy hour cocktail...Esky's Hot Spot!
In 1935, a couple guys put together a silly little book by the name of So Red the Nose, or Breath in the Afternoon. They sent a questionnaire around to a bunch of then-famous writers, asking each of 'em to contribute a cocktail and a bit of blarney. This is what Arnold Gingrich, Esquire's founder and all-around great guy (they're not paying us to say that — not much, anyway), coughed up. Not the drink you'd expect from an urbane sophisticate like Gingrich.
Esky's Hot Spot
2 ounces Irish whiskey
1 sugar cube
4 ounces water
Combine the whiskey, sugar cube, and lemon peel in a stout mug, then add boiling water and stir. Dust with nutmeg, if you like. You can make this with Scotch, too, although it tends to be lighter in body than the more honeyed Irish stuff, and its smokiness kinda works against the soothing nature of the drink (for that reason, we prefer Power's or Jameson's among the Irish whiskeys to the Bushmill's, which has some residual peatiness).
This cocktail comes to us from Esquire.com