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Boozy Blog: Mixing Martinis with Black Dog Scotch

angela-bangalore-blog-black-dog-scotch-12-18-year-mxing-martiniJust like jobs and men, my interest in alcohol has also changed over the years – and especially since moving to India.  When I lived in Mexico at the age of 20, tequila was my passion.  It actually stayed as my poison of choice for about the whole of my 20s and into my early 30s, making it the alcohol that I’ve stayed the most faithful to over the years.  Then when I moved to Spain the 2nd time at 34, vodka became favourite, and simple drinks like vodka sprite or vodka limón were “my drinks” because oddly in Spain they don’t serve cocktails at bars and clubs – only mixed drinks.

Well since moving to India in April 2011, I’ve been happily back on cocktails like in my 20s and early 30s, drinking vodka martinis or cosmopolitans.  But most of my guy friends here all drink whiskey or scotch, so from time to time I’ve been drinking that more than ever before in my life.

The past few weeks I’ve been working day and night, not going out much, and I’m damn happy.  But a couple of nights ago at home I was really annoyed at something and in dire need of a cocktail.  But just when I opened up the freezer {the happy home where my vodka lives} I remembered that I was out so I opened up the booze cabinet to find only a few mixers and a bottle of 12 year Black Dog scotch.  So… my desire turned to scotch!

Some months back I went to a Black Dog blogger event to learn what goes into making it and taste test it, check out my video here.  The afternoon was fun and they are planning another couple of events for later this month that I’m attending about pairing Black Dog with chocolate and one with cigars, which I think will be fun and sexy {women smoking a cigar look sexy}!

What I learned at that first event was that I love their Black Dog 18 year scotch but at the moment it is out of my price range for casual drinking because it retails for around Rs. 6,000 per bottle.  So when I needed to have whiskey for a party I was throwing, I bought a couple of bottles of their 12 year instead, which cost only Rs. 1,800 per bottle I think.  And that was my new BFF for the night.  I pulled out my trusty martini recipe book and found that I almost had the ingredients to make my sister’s favourite martini so I set to work, pulling out the cocktail shaker and measuring do-dad and martini glass.

Well, turns out my sister may have had it right all these years.  She’s a huge manhattan drinker and – to be totally honest – until this week I had no idea what went into one but they are damn tasty!  Well, I think they are anyway.  I sort of had to modify the original recipe because I didn’t have bitters and fankly I needed to sweeten it a bit because I’m new to this hooch.

Here my ‘the vodka ran out emergency Manhattan’ recipe!  Give it a try, it’s YUMMY:

  • 2 ounces Black Dog
  • ½ ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish

Oh, and a Manhattan calls for rye whiskey and Black Dog is scotch, but figured that was okay.  Anyway, I had never tasted a real Manhattan before so I simpy tweak’d the recipe and re-named it a Banghattan!  And I’m coo coo for them now!  Tomorrow at brunch I’m going to have the bartender make it for me, let’s see how it tastes out in the world!

XOXO Angela

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This article has 3 comments

  1. Nikhil

    Nice post.

    How do you like smoking, Angela?
    I’m and Indian NRI guy, back in India. And I find ladies smoking rather hot. There are many girls who smoke with masculine skill in the Mumbai nightlife.

    How is the girl-cigg love like in Bangalore?

  2. AngelaCarson

    hhahaha that made me giggle. I have to admit I was crazy about Blacks when I first moved here, which are clove cigarettes, but that fad only lasted a couple of months in the summer of 2011. They were something I smoked a couple of packs of in junior high school during my rebellious stage but I’m not a smoker generally… -A

    • Vijay Krishna

      Give in yourself to nurture relation

      Sri Sri Ravishankar :

      Relationship means adjustment, it is giving. You give what you can to the other person and wait for them to give back to you. If you are demanding, the relationship is not going to last long.

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      Then you are the right person for anybody, and everybody will love you when you don’t hurt them intentionally. This is the first point.

      Second, you are open to correction and changes, you have the patience to listen to criticism. Thirdly, you know the other persons’ point of view, or where the shoe pinches. See the other person beyond their words and actions.

      When someone comes back home after working 8 to 10 hours, they are very tired. If he is a businessman and when the stock markets fall, he is so upset and he comes home to find solace.

      So you should see the circumstance – how the spouse is, and allow them the space to express their genuine feelings of frustrations, anger whatever. At that time, the spouse should be there like a midwife – allow them to deliver.

      When someone is in labour pain, and if you say, ‘Don’t deliver, keep it, keep the baby inside.’ What can they do? How long can they keep it inside? Keep that type of space for them to un-stress and download.

      Understand why they are upset, why they are unhappy – then your relationship will work. But if you expect them not to say anything, be nice to you all 24 hours, seven days a week and 365 days and you find fault with them all the time, pricking them ‘You are useless, you are hopeless, you are this, that…’, poor lady or man! What will they do? They find that they have no support.

      Nobody is helping them to grow, uplifting them and then they get depressed. Greater is the person who has greater capacity to absorb, accommodate, adjust with anybody.
      If you can adjust with anybody, that much greater you are.

      If you know your acceptability is only 10 per cent, then you are thoroughly miserable if it is zero per cent. There is no way you can grow in your life. Wisdom is to have this patience, grow from zero to one hundred per cent.

      One thing I can tell you is that you should leave a certain margin in a relationship. The strength of a relationship lies in the ability to accommodate rough patches.

      How well you handle it gives you skills. These virtues come up only when you have rough patches. See the situation as an opportunity on how to adapt, how to be accommodating, understanding and considerate. Excel in exhibiting your character rather than changing the other person.

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