The weekend we went to visit my cousin, Stacy, we did a little shopping at an antique mall. While I was astounded by the selection of items, I was equally astounded by the prices (it was located in Decatur—an Atlanta suburb). Wow! I think I’ll stick closer to home for the bargains!
One item we were willing to drop some high dollar coin on, however, was this:
Well, if you were able to identify the case, you probably going through a similar phase of life as we are:
“middle aged* with the ability to travel”
*with a 20-something’s mentality
It is a mini liquor cabinet in a travel case . . .
I was really proud of myself when I found a different case (albeit empty) in the same shop—was already toting it around, claiming it as my own, when Darren said he had found a better one.
“Do you even know what it is?” said my smug-little-self.
He said he did and instructed me to follow him. So follow, I did—passing numerous booths with interesting content in an effort to humor him.
Of course, he had found this one--complete with four stainless cups, two stainless shot glasses, a stir-spoon and a horn-look, bakelite handle bottle opener.
What a find!
All of this made and brought to you by:
Note the fancy, schmancy snap
Bakelite is tricky—looks like the real thing (horn) doesn’t it?
Our drink du jour . . . an Old Fashioned made with Rye Whiskey. Oh, and thanks to my cousin, we’re now Maraschino cherry snobs . . . only Luxardo will do!
We actually didn’t use the Orange bitters—we used Angostura® bitters.
Here’s the recipe I followed and we all agreed was the best we had (taking a reflective bow as I type this) :
Mix sugar, water and angostura bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange wedge. Muddle into a paste using a muddler or the back end of a spoon. Pour in bourbon, fill with ice cubes, and stir.
(Mixer’s notes: I actually used Rye Whiskey—the one in the pic above—and only one slice of a Clementine orange.)
Well, I hope you don’t think less of me for this post! Rest assured we “drink responsibly;” it’s one of the many reasons we love living within walking distance of our favorite restaurants.
thanks for your indulgence.