Hey, did y’all know there’s a hurricane barging up the east coast this weekend?
All of the projections foretold that Raleigh was likely to be on the outer edge of Irene’s path, but just in case, I decided to stock up on supplies on Friday. Naturally, I went to the liquor store.
As I smugly placed my bottles on the checkout counter – one bottle each of light rum and dark rum – I confided to the cashier: “I’m making Hurricanes this weekend.”
“How very original,” he replied dryly.
I guess I wasn’t the only one who had that idea.
So I decided to make something a little different. You could call it a Mimosacane. Or a Sparklin’ Hurricane. It was delicious.
- 1 oz light rum
- 1 oz dark rum
- 2-3 oz 100% mango-orange juice
- Splash of sparkling wine or Champagne
- Maraschino cherry, + 1 TSP of its juice
Combine both rums and juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain in to flutes. Add 1 TSP juice from the maraschino cherry bottle. Top with a splash of bubbles and drop a cherry or two down to the bottom.
This is a wonderful thing to drink on a Saturday afternoon, or on any day where you’ve basically written off any possibility of productive activity on account of circumstances beyond your control.
(In other words: every day in the life of a spoiled household pet.)
Downtown Raleigh ended up getting a full day of solid rain and wind, but nothing too crazy – at least compared to what the coastal cities have or will experience(d). Around here, we eyed the windows suspiciously as they rattled in the gusty wind and jumped every time we heard the startling bang of a transformer blowing, but we never lost power, thankfully.
Bizarrely beautiful post-Irene sky:
(Unedited photo. Crazy colors.)
Well, there’s a bottle open, so…
I’ve been seeing this LA BUBBLY stuff at Whole Foods for a couple of months now. I can’t seem to shake the feeling that it’s some sort of hipster joke, but I have to admit, it’s not a bad sparkling wine. It is apparently of Chilean origin but I have no idea what’s in it. Fairly aggressive bubbles with crisp apple and lemon, but also a little hint of something more comforting, like vanilla or hazelnuts or sugar cookie.
Bottom Line: Yes, actually, I think this is a likable bottle and a decent buy. (Purchased at Whole Foods, $13.)
Okay…back to watching Caddyshack. (At least I’ve got that goin’ for me!) If you’re in the storm’s path, stay safe and dry!