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#WeekendCocktailMoment ~ The Negroni Cocktail

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A tiny bit of background from Mental Floss … the histories of cocktailing can be fascinating.

THE NEGRONI

Count Camillo Negroni gets credits for creating this aperitif around 1919. As the story goes, Negroni really loved to throw back an Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda), but he wanted a little extra zing in his glass. He asked a bartender to replace the club soda with gin to give the mixture some added kick, and the Negroni was born.

It just needed more firewater to be a popular cocktail.

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Negroni

1 ounce London dry gin
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce Campari
Orange peel, sliced.
Stir over ice and strain into a glass, preferably one filled with ice. Garnish with a fat swath of orange peel, [which can be flamed if you want to impress anyone with your mixology game].

Cheers!

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Country Music Stars Seeing Actual Rape Victims and Casualties at Concerts

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Country music is a culture in and of itself, and believe you me (it ain't all Love, Peace and Bernie up here) Rednecks have been waiting on the Lipton Brigade since the '30's in certain parts of the deep Country conn-tray.

'Tailgate Rape' we women were SO not ready for at music concerts. Especially the better-stocked tailgate/bars blasting the artist of the day or night … that open at dawn and rock and rowdy it up, and the punches are flying far into the moonlight.

Or daytime, the abusers don't seem to care it if it be  broad daylight, 'Day Drinking' is the hit of the summer in many a way:

Catchy, Little Big Town.
Blame it on the tick-tock moving too slow

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Keith Urban is one of the kindest and most tender Country artists, and he's even an Aussie! I can only imagine how the artists are reacting to all of this. Tailgating was once threatened by state law, pretty sure it was revoked, with extreme prejudice, by Happy Hour.

This took place in Mansfield, MA near Boston, as well, not at Fancy Farm. From Raw Story.

According to The Sun Chronicle, Mansfield police determined that 18-year-old Sean Murphy began kissing the 17-year-old girl after meeting her at the concert on Sunday, and then took her away from her friends to another part of the outdoor amphitheater. She said that she went with him because “she was afraid of what would happen” if she didn’t agree.

After removing the girl’s shorts and underwear, Murphy reportedly began having sex with her.

Police said that 15 or more concert-goers gathered around to watch, and even recorded the incident on their cell phones. Some of those photographs and videos had been recovered as evidence.

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban- Sydney Smiles | Celebrity Baby Scoop www.celebritybabyscoop.com

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban- Sydney Smiles | Celebrity Baby Scoop www.celebritybabyscoop.com

The attack only allegedly came to an end when a woman [witness] asked the victim if the act was consensual.

“Do you want this?” the woman was heard screaming.

According to a police report, the girl said, “no,” and then a witness “saw the female break free and run.”

Urban [who I've fantasized about for years like thousands of other dames, that man is Fine], was devastated when riotous violence erupted at his last large gig In nearby Massachusetts this week.
Anyone else suspect the Ever So Contrary Tea Party Operatives? You might want to don your complimentary TPC Wellies and the big size of our Method™ Troll Spray.

This is the mentality we stand across the moral divide from. And clearly there's a happenin'  Open Bar every 600 yards at the opposite side. In an Open Carry state your odds go up a LOT of being Raped or dead after the next class Nashville super-star acts begin upping the ante.

 

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I myself enjoy a little good modern Country like The I'm Not Ready to Make Nice mavens, The Dixie Chicks (And their politics) and both Faith Hill and Tim McGraw are out o' the Republican Coatroom, among others. From messnbc:

Guns and shots (or apparently lager for horseys), pistolos and te-quiuilllla(!), Open Carry and Open Bar … these are clearly things that not ought to be consumed from dawn to when you stumble on back home or manage to  get your drooling state of inebriation duly noted by someone who can lock you up just for that.

This was seemingly a recently unleashed guy,(who now just Lives for who Jack Daniels) is under investigation, [the rapist from Boston] could not find the sensible cut-off stage but didn't truly realize that for a lengthy hangover) arrested for being arsehole drunk - unapologetically arseholey hammered.

Urban himself told The Rolling Stone:

My team and I were horrified to learn of the events reported in Boston this past weekend and our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected," it reads. "This type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.

Image courtesy of Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage

Image courtesy of Frederick Breedon IV/WireImage

 

Wouldn't be right not to add an Urban video. Specially for the Ladies. Urban wrote this one for the troops, and all profits were donated to the Navy Seals.

Also a tight tune, Urban with Miranda Lambert.

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Overnight: The Hemingway Daiquiri (aka 'Papa Doble') - Recipe and Video

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We started a new feature this week: The #WeekendCocktailMoment.

Hardybear, aka Sher, posted a great recipe for The Hemingway Daiquiri and, week that it was, I decided to try it out myself.

Here's her post: The Hemingway Daiquiri

I can tell, just from the ingredients, that I'm going to like it and am off to the liquor store as soon as I finish this post. It's been that kind of week.

One thing you will notice in the recipe is that Sher adds a simple sugar syrup. She makes note of the fact that Hemingway preferred his without it. One of the YouTube commenters maintains that Hemingway was a diabetic. I've read a lot about Hemingway through the years and if this is true, it's news to me - I plan to research this.

From the 'About' section of the video on YouTube:

Bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler demonstrates how to make Ernest Hemingway's favorite daiquiri.

Salud!

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NYT's Maureen Dowd OD's On Marijuana And Blames The Candy

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There's nothing like trying something before writing about it. And that's what New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd did recently -- and not without some lingering effects. For an article she was writing on Colorado's legal marijuana culture, she decided to try some of the "edibles" which contain cannabis. So far so good.

So, she bought a caramel-chocolate flavored candy bar which she said looked so innocent, like the Sky Bars she used to love as a kid. After she took one bite, then another, she didn't notice anything happening. Perhaps she was disappointed but for whatever reason, she decided in her impatience to gobble down the rest of the bar.

She waited, and then it happened. The effects began. In her NYT article, she writes:

But then I felt a scary shudder go through my body and brain. I barely made it from the desk to the bed, where I lay curled up in a hallucinatory state for the next eight hours. I was thirsty but couldn’t move to get water. Or even turn off the lights. I was panting and paranoid, sure that when the room-service waiter knocked and I didn’t answer, he’d call the police and have me arrested for being unable to handle my candy.

Based on that experience, she's come to some conclusions. The biggest one being that the entire marijuana industry was set up for potheads, people who smoked frequently. This nascent business has to educate new or first time users prior to selling them the edible goods so people will know what to expect to feel.

That's not a bad idea. But her article goes on to condemn and point out the dangers of legalization, even trying to equate her unfortunate experience with people jumping off buildings and kids eating marijuana-laced goodies and ending up with irreparable harm. These are possible, but not probable. And the reason is, she OD'd because she lacked common sense.

The next day, a medical consultant at an edibles plant where I was conducting an interview mentioned that candy bars like that are supposed to be cut into 16 pieces for novices; but that recommendation hadn’t been on the label.

So in essence, she took 16 times the amount she should have taken. No wonder she got herself into a bit of a problem. If she had bought a fifth of scotch and drunk the whole thing, she would have gotten sick or drunk or both on that too. There's no suggested servings printed on a bottle of booze. So I find it a bit disingenuous that she faults the experience on her naivete. She's been around. She knows you don't go from one bite to the whole bar, just as you don't go from one shot glass of Glenlivet to the whole bottle.

Her suggestion that if this had been alcohol, she'd have known better doesn't really hold water. She claims in her article that people know you have to be careful in how much you drink, when only an idiot or the most simpleminded would think that taking too much of a marijuana laced edible wouldn't lead to some ill effects.

But that said, I do think the public has been so scared by lies and innuendos--the Reefer Madness syndrome--that more education of the public might not be such a bad thing. But Dowd's reckless accusations that it was the lack of full labeling or the implication that she needed more knowledge to safely ingest is a disservice to an industry. If she was new to this kind of purchase, why didn't she ask when she bought the candy bar how much she should take to feel some effects? The next day when she asked, she was told. A bad assumption on her part made an ass of her, not a better investigative columnist.

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