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Extra Credit: The Vodka Edition

Posted by on September 16, 2011

Unusual uses for vodka

Yesterday I got back to the homestead at 10 pm after a six hour plus ride from business in New Jersey. I was both bushed from the drive and antsy from being in the car so long. After our babysitter (#1 Mother-in-law) left, I decided to make a Bloody Mary with the Smokin’ Hot Wife’s (S’HW) new mix. Deee-lish — not only the drink, but everything. The kids were asleep. The leather recliner was reclined. The TV was off. I sat waiting for my bride to come home. Yes, life does get better than this, but that topic will have to wait for a Theology Thursday.

Sitting there sipping, I started to ponder other uses for vodka. This level of intellectual inquiry was caused more by the long drive than the single cocktail. How about a flakier pie crust and 14 other uses?

Vodka, what CAN’T you do?

Absolut, Schmabsolut…

Here’s an interesting story about taste test done with vodka. Bottom line: in most cases, vodka is vodka. Labels and hyped up marketing? That’s a different story.

Web imitates Life: More than ten years ago a single buddy of mine was dating a young lady who insisted he buy Absolut vodka for her White Russians. So he bought a bottle of the pricey Absolt. When that emptied, he refilled the Absolut bottle with the much cheaper Popov brand. She did not notice the difference and always thanked him for buying Absolut.

Museum, Schmuseum

Even with the last point in mind, vodka has a “museum” in Amsterdam… and in Moscow.

The S’HW Bloody Mary mix

When my bride puts her mind to a task, even one as mundane as creating a Bloody Mary mix, she’s a formidable force with which to reckon. She scoured the internet for Bloody Mary mix recipes, changing, altering, tweaking, experimenting and finally, voila!

• 1 (46 fluid ounce) bottle tomato juice
• 1 1/2 tablespoons celery salt
• 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
• 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
• 1 1/2 teaspoons Tabasco® sauce
• 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
• 6 tablespoons bottled lemon juice

In a shaker add:
1½ oz. vodka
4 oz Bloody Mary mix

Shake vigorously.
Pour into highball glass filled with ice.
Garnish with celery stalk with leaves & lemon wedge.

Keep it Old School, my friend

The Old Man, Chris Dixon

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