Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Pazuzu Tiki Cocktail


2 oz Kraken Rum
3/4 oz Jagermeister
1/4 oz Green Chartreuse

2 oz Pineapple Juice
Lucid Absinthe Wash

Shake everything with ice and strain into an Absinthe washed (misted) Collins glass (or Tiki mug) filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a straw.

I first posted this as a Sunset Cocktail back in August and have updated it a bit. I wanted to edge out the bitterness a wee bit so I upped the Pineapple Juice and also upped the Rum a little to give it a full 3 ounces of liquor. I did have to vary the Juice amounts a few times to not overpower the herbaceousness of the rest of the ingredients but I think this ratio works well.

This also gives me the opportunity to show off this one of a kind Pazuzu Tiki mug I made. I couldn't show it off earlier as it was a Yule present for the Pretty One that I didn't want to spoil. Having never made anything like this before, I'm quite proud if it, especially his Scorpion Tail handle. I'd love to be able to sell these but I wouldn't be able to manufacture them in any large quantity myself and there too expensive to have made in small quantities to make them affordable.

I'm quite surprised that my weak planning and geometry skills ended up being spot on at a full 10 fluid ounce capacity. I guess it's a set of skills I can squebb off of a master skill in drunkeness.

One challenge I did have when I came up with this drink before was how to easily do an absinthe wash in a large glass. this is made even more difficult with an oddly misshapen thing like this Pazuzu Tiki Mug. but that is easily remedied with the mister I have filled with good old Lucid. A couple of quick sprays and the whole inside is coated (then you continue to spray until there is a nice visible quantity on the bottom of the glass because, Absinthe). I highly recommend this for Sazeracs and other drinks that call for Absinthe washed glasses. I even like to use it every so often in cocktails that call for Absinthe but not necessarily a wash just to add a little extra nose to the drink.

2017 Sunset Cocktails Calendar

Here it is, by popular demand, the 2017 Sunset Cocktails Calendar. If you're wondering why this post is listed as being posted on December 1st it's because Blogger is lame and doesn't have any other way to pin posts to the top of the page.

Each month of this 2017 Sunset Cocktails Calendar has a halfway decent picture of an excellent cocktail complete with a simple recipe. Drinks included in the calendar are a pair of Sazerac variations in The Carthusian Sazerac and The Cooper's Union, a few of classics like The Skeleton Key, Monkey Gland and The Obituary, several favorites like an Eeyore's Requiem, The Mephisto, Grand Autumn, and Red head, with a couple of originals of mine in The Black Horse and my own Green Jenkin.

Along with the pictures I was able to add some important days of observance and holidays such as World Whiskey Day, both National Cocktail Day AND World Cocktail Day, Repeal Day, National Absinthe Day as well as many, many others.

This will be a limited run for a limited time. I'm probably going to have between 25 and 50 printed depending how much interest there is. I've decided to try to gather up the funds to pay for printing and shipping supplies. The link below was initially set up as a Friends & Family link so if you want the Buyer's Protection from PayPal there should be an option to select the "Goods & Services" option. I have the link below set to $20 for one calendar shipped to the lower 48 States. If you'd like more than one feel free to add the appropriate amount for however many you want to order. If you're ordering from outside the US please add $5 to cover the extra shipping. You only need to add the shipping costs once even if you want multiple copies.

Click on the banner below or this link HERE. If possible, please leave a note in the PayPal transaction for the number of calendars or any information that will help get the right things to the right place. I'll only have enough printed to cover orders so make sure you get in while you can. Thank you!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunset Cocktail: CthulYule Toddy

Peppermint Tea (steeped in boiling water) 3-4 Allspice Berries 2-3 Mint Leaves ½ oz. Honey 2-3 Dashes CthulYule (Homemade Allspice) Bitters 2 oz. Kraken Rum 1/4 oz. Lucid Absinthe Candycane or rock Candy Swizzle Whipped Cream (optional) Ground Nutmeg Muddle Allspice berries and Bitters with Mint while Tea Steeps. Add Honey, Rum and Absinthe. Pour Earl Grey Tea over. Stir with Candycane or Swizzle. Top with Whipped Cream (optional). Sprinkle with Ground Nutmeg A Mythos Absinthe Cocktail for the Holidays. Warm, minty and full of holidayness to distract you from all the impending doom around you. Though there isn’t really going to be a sunset tonight due to the dreary weather it is unseasonably warm so I figured I’d sneak in one more before the year’s end. Getting into the season and all.
Last night I set up a Hot Toddy station at our group’s annual Yule party (I meant to take pics but my setup wasn't as pretty as I'd hoped). I came up with a small selection of Toddy options including this one which is, of course, of my own making and does indeed fit into my Mythos Absinthe Cocktails. It was also the most requested one. I came up with this last year when I first made my CthulYule Allspice Bitters but didn’t really get a chance to do anything with it until now. In fact, I haven’t even had one since I came up with it last year. I was only hoping they turned out OK last night. I didn’t end up having one then, or really much to drink at all as I knew I wouldn’t be staying late. Today I decided to make one for myself, the only difference being that the candy cane I had at home wasn’t broken in a million pieces that all the ones I had with me last night. My hope was to make sure that what I made for everyone was ok at least and it is pretty damned good if I say so myself. Honestly, I really haven’t had much to drink in a few weeks. I know, hard to believe, but that’s what the holidays do to me. I was hoping to get all 52 Absinthe reviews in before the end of the year but it’s not going to happen. They’ll all get done, and then some, just not all in 2016. I have a lot of irons in the fire that I need to hammer into shape next year so I don’t completely lose my mind. This year was spent getting some ground under my feet, next year is for running with the plans… or, more accurately, hobbling in a quickly manner.

Xmas Movie Nine [The Twelve Xmas Movies with Yebb and Nugg]

To be sung, of course, to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Xmas Movie Two [The Twelve Xmas Movies with Yebb and Nugg]

To be sung, of course, to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Xmas Movie One [The Twelve Xmas Movies with Yebb and Nugg]

To be sung, of course, to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

The Twelve Days of Xmas Movies with Yebb and Nugg

To be sung, of course, to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
Starting tonight.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Things Made

I'm putting this post up here to collect some images of things I've made over the last few years. I'm quite proud of these and it's nice to put a collection together to remind myself where I'm at. Most of the items were from Mindless Heron which, for reasons I'll not mention here, I've let fade away a bit. The site and Facebook are still up but I've been working on rebranding and developing a new line.

One reason I will mention for the change is that I've been trying to make sure that the new line will be able to be completely made in house by me. Many of the Mindless Heron pieces I'll never be able to manufacture here on my own so I've needed to have another entity physically make the items from my design. I've been slowly getting all of the hardware I need to do what I can but learning everything I need to has taken longer than I'd like. Luckily I now have a dayjob with sane hours after working years at a soul crushing job on a life crushing rotating shift. Things have been much better but there has been a lot of catching up to do.

Mindless heron was a fun project that actually took in at least enough money to pay for itself. It probably could have taken in more if I was better with money and marketing. I'm not very good at selling myself and I'm even worse at dealing with money. Not just bad... it's like I have a learning disability with numbers associated with dollar signs. So, should this ever become more than a hobby it will have to make enough to be able to pay someone else to handle my books.

Don't get me wrong, I still make stuff and I still get commissions once in a while so it's not completely dead. I just want to spread out and do a lot more different things and I feel that what I want to do requires a new brand or at least a rebranding of Mindless Heron. There is a lot I do like about the name and how it came about so there is merit to keeping it so I don't know if I should even change it. Damn, these are the sandpits that keep me from moving forward.

Well, I'm still a ways off from revamping/ rebranding so I want to keep focused on the new designs that are still in their infancy. So, when I do get things set I'll even set up that Etsy storefront and make this all more official.

Up to this point it's all been the site and PayPal which seems to turn some people off. It's just at this point I don't want to add yet another middleman's fee in the mix, hence, why I want to be able to do all of everything in house. And I have a small house.

Well, you can definitely see here that I've come a long way and I will give myself the credit for learning a lot in a relatively short period of time. The picture to the side here shows my first Raven attempt and my last over the course of a few years.

My sites grow broader though and I want to make bigger, prettier things of significance.