Archive | November, 2013

My thought of the week – Drunk fan at the Bills game:

27 Nov

Does the management of the Buffalo Bills take ANY responsibility for the drunken fan falling out of the stands? They’ve banned him for life. And he may face criminal charges. But how about the next incident? Have you ever seen anyone denied entrance at a Bills’ game because they were drunk? Tailgating seems to have no bounds. Have you ever had trouble sneaking in booze to a Bills’ game? My buddy has used barnoculars for years without getting caught. Ever seen anyone denied a beer at a game? The fan is an idiot but the Bills bear some of the responsibility.

Really – what exactly is Eggnog?

22 Nov

Today’s Facebook Friday Special is Evan Williams Eggnog – so in keeping with this … we just though you would like to know….

Each Holiday season we buy it, try it then wait until company comes and try to pass it along as the “festive” cheer. Then sometime around Jan. 25 we realize there is still some left in the refrig and try to pass it off to our kids as a treat – only to hear a resounding “YUCK”.
However, this is the grocery store version of Eggnog. Modern times brings the pre-made “adult” versions that can be quite tasty!
HISTORY OF EGGNOG – kind of interesting!
“Many believe that eggnog is a tradition that was brought to America from Europe. This is partially true. Eggnog is related to various milk and wine punches that had been concocted long ago in the “Old World”. However, in America a new twist was put on the theme. Rum was used in the place of wine. In Colonial America, rum was commonly called “grog”, so the name eggnog is likely derived from the very descriptive term for this drink, “egg-and-grog”, which corrupted to egg’n’grog and soon to eggnog. At least this is one version…
Other experts would have it that the “nog” of eggnog comes from the word “noggin”. A noggin was a small, wooden, carved mug. It was used to serve drinks at table in taverns (while drinks beside the fire were served in tankards). It is thought that eggnog started out as a mixture of Spanish “Sherry” and milk. The English called this concoction “Dry sack posset”. It is very easy to see how an egg drink in a noggin could become eggnog.
The true story might be a mixture of the two and eggnog was originally called “egg and grog in a noggin”. This was a term that required shortening if ever there was one.
With it’s European roots and the availability of the ingredients, eggnog soon became a popular wintertime drink throughout Colonial America. It had much to recomend it; it was rich, spicy, and alcoholic.
In the 1820’s Pierce Egan, a period author, wrote a book called “Life of London: or Days and Nights of Jerry Hawthorne and His Elegant Friend Corinthina Tom”. To publicize his work Mr. Egan made up a variation of eggnog he called “Tom and Jerry”. It added 1/2 oz of brandy to the basic recipe (fortifying it considerably and adding further to its popularity).
Eggnog, in the 1800s was nearly always made in large quantities and nearly always used as a social drink. It was commonly served at holiday parties and it was noted by an English visitor in 1866, “Christmas is not properly observed unless you brew egg nogg for all comers; everybody calls on everybody else; and each call is celebrated by a solemn egg-nogging…It is made cold and is drunk cold and is to be commended.”
Of course, Christmas was not the only day upon which eggnog was popular. In Baltimore it was a tradition for young men to call upon all of their friends on New years day. At each of many homes the strapping fellows were offered a cup of eggnog, and so as they went they became more and more inebriated. It was quite a feat to actually finish one’s rounds.
The first president of the United States, George Washington, was quite a fan of eggnog and devised his own recipe that included rye whiskey, rum and sherry. It was reputed to be a stiff drink that only the most courageous were willing to try.”
So, in the front of our store, right buy the check-out is Even’s EggNog – try some, share some, and enjoy this holiday season!
(Reference source: http://www.indepthinfo.com/eggnog/history.shtml)

This is National “They were pretty on the trees but they are nasty on the ground” Weekend!

8 Nov

I suggest enhancing your coffee, or hot chocolate with Emmets Ireland Cream Liqueur. Yes, Bailey’s is also terrific – it makes the task more enjoyable. These “chores” can be turned into fun events with a bit of a “party” thrown in! Invite your neighbors to PARTAKE & RAKE – then all shift to their homes to curb those leaves. Share the task and share the Emmets! Learn more about Emmets at: http://www.drinkswap.com/emmets-irish-cream.htm#.Unv6n_lJ5Vkfbemmets

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