Rosé Hurray!

Summer Cocktail #2,

Rosé Hurray! is very easy to make.

Add 3 or 4 expensive strawberries to a glass
Fill with inexpensive rosé wine (or more expensive if you like)
Add 1 or 2 Ts of Cocktail Caviar.

Cocktail Caviar consists of little gelatin eggs filled with vodka. It comes in an array of fruity flavors and gives a drink a unique look.

Stout Ice Cream?

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I thought it would be fun to try a new ice cream flavor last night. I started a quest for Graeter’s limited edition key lime pie. First I went to the local Graeter’s shop and they were out. The manager suggested I try two local supermarkets. Neither one had it. Neither. I was disappointed and dismayed that the June flavor ran out before June 23rd. Seems they should make more.

At the last shop I decided to check out other exotic flavors and saw Häagen-Daz’s Stout Chocolate Pretzel Crunch. I don’t like stout, but my sister and new husband were in town and I thought they’d be up for something extravagant.

Häagen-Daz has a line of Spirit-infused flavors featuring bourbon, amaretto, stout and Irish cream.

The Verdict: We all agreed that the stout taste wasn’t as powerful as we feared and that the mix of chocolate, pretzels and stout was unique and tasty in a small amount. I’d get it again for a party or dinner.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Drinks


Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos of drinks.

For more black and white photos, click here.


Sepia Saturday

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This week’s prompt shows four men enjoying some beer. I was inspired me to find some images of ads for beer. Boy, were there a lot, enough for a book or even a whole library. Each tells a lot about each era. I found these with Google search so there wasn’t the metadata that’s helpful. So we have to guess the dates.

For more interpretations of the prompt, click here.

beer change world

japanese beer ad

burn beer


Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Wednesday when the next photo theme will be announced.

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Saint & Sinners Tour

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If you’re in Chicago this summer on a Friday and if you like history, take the Driehaus Museum’s Saints and Sinners walking tour. I took it on Friday and learned so much about the reformers behind the Temperance Movement and the people it affected and the hoodlums who came to power with Prohibition.

We started at the Driehaus Museum and learned the foundations of the Temperance Movement, the people behind it and the era of saloons and the power saloons owners in the city.

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We then went to the Tree Studios. In the late 19th Century Lambert Tree built tree buildings for artists to work and live rent-free. The first floor was for shops to take in rent to off-set the costs of the building. How smart. Artists lived there from 1894 till 2000. Now the Tree Studios have been restored and are office space and reception rooms which can be rented out.

At the Tree Studios we got our first drink. We could choose from beer, wine or water. Then we repaired to a courtyard where we learned about saloons and how they were organized. At first a saloon had to purchase beer from one brewery. However, saloon owners would switch breweries to get a better deal and bigger profits.

Brewers then borrowed the ideas of the “Tied-House” from England. The Brewers bought saloons and only let their brand be sold there. Saloon owners now became managers. While they lost power at work, they continued to have political power because many barkeeps were precinct captains and ward bosses.

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After the Tree Studios we went to St. James’ Cathedral, Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Drake Hotel, and Holy Name Cathedral. I learned a lot about female reformers, preachers, the social services that saloons provided. and prohibition and the unintended consequences, i.e. organized crime, that came from that. Along the way we had a couple more drinks. You could choose from a cocktail, beer, wine or soft drinks. The tour finished at the Kerryman Pub and lasted 3 hours.

The tour had 2 knowledgeable guides and we had 12 participants. You had to be 21 years old to take this tour. Price: $45 includes three drinks.

Sepia Saturday

Since reading that a glass of red wine is on par with an hour of exercise, let’s celebrate this gift from God, wine.


A journal from the 1890s on wines and wine making.


Flickr Commons just had a portion of this wine vault for J. Gundlach & Co., the U.S.’ oldest family owned wine company.


For bourbon lovers.