Cocktail à la Louisiane

As many of you know, I like to collect cocktail recipes made with the notorious spirit known as the “green fairy” or absinthe.  Over the years, I have managed to collect over two dozen of  the classics, and I want to share one from my region of the world with you for the holidays.

For several years absinthe had a bad reputation, it was considered addictive and even poisonous. During the decades that it was banned, people turned to other spirits or simply omitted absinthe. Nearly forgotten, absinthe  is making its return. In many of the old recipes, there was only a few dashes of absinthe (a little absinthe goes a long way).

Here is a classic recipe for Cocktail à la Louisiane with absinthe: (garnish with brandied cherries)

  • 2 OUNCES
    WILD TURKEY RYE WHISKEY
  • ¾ OUNCE
    DOLIN SWEET VERMOUTH
  • ¾ OUNCE
    BENEDICTINE
  • 3 DASHES
    EDOUARD ABSINTHE
  • 3 DASHES
    PEYCHAUD’S BITTERS

Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass and add ice. Stir well until the cocktail is chilled and strain the contents into glass. Add one large ice cube and garnish with three brandied cherries on a cocktail pick.

It’s a taste of Louisiana —and hell— even the brandied cherries look a little like Christmas!

Ghost Hunters (S08.E16) Don’t Feed the Apparition

Once again Jason cranks out an extended monologue explaining the episode. I rather like this Ghost Adventures styled lead to the show. Jason has a pleasant enough voice though perhaps Mike Rowe would have made a better lead in… I will say that it is better than the staged discussions or readings made from a moving vehicle.

The team is still in Louisiana. I am somewhat relieved that they have decided not to give us a false Destination Truth or GHI style impression that they have traveled elsewhere and returned. Having said that, I am saddened to see them return to paranormal infomercials. This week is little more than an hour long infomercial for the “Zoo Boo” (link) tour.

Zoo Boo
October 29, 30, & 31
The most spooktacular event of the year is back! ZOO BOO is perfect for all ages. Kids 12 and younger will have a magical time trick-or-treating along the Storybook Trail where costume characters, music, dancing, and scenery come to life. Those who dare can choose the Spooky Trail and meet scary creatures of the night. There’s so much to see and do – entertainment, photo opportunities, music, CANDY, and a magical trip through the Zoo!

I’m sure that the Alexandria Zoo is a fine place, but the town seems to be preying upon tourists (and that coming from someone who lives in a tourist town). Alexandria was the scene of a multiple site ghost hunt by the GH team not so long ago.
I couldn’t help but have a full belly laugh at Adam’s promotion to full team member. When Jason’s daughter investigated she was titled investigator while Adam was “in-training.” Although, the funniest comment was Jason’s we need someone at a “young state that we can kinda mold into how we want them.” He sounded like a ghost hunter version of Svengali. Of course, there was the awkward introduction and we are supposed to believe that they haven’t met until this point. Sad that we had to return to staged scenes this early in the program.

I have to admit that I did enjoy watching the team freak out with the lightning and zoo animals. In a way it reminded me of a guilty pleasure watching the screaming ladies on Most Haunted.

I got another chuckle when Amy speaking to the dead said that we are traveling the world looking for people like you. Not anymore Amy GHI has been cancelled … didn’t you get the memo? Why do they investigate gift shops so often? Didn’t Steve say years ago that if it had a gift shop it probably wasn’t haunted?

Tango yells and wakes up the monkeys … yeah it was the ghost… lol

Tango thought something went up his shorts. Ashley and Brit see a shadow and decide that it was the ghost of Les. Plenty of laughs … even the video evidence looked like a cat to me. All in all. it was entertaining.

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