Nightlifers! Where have you been all my life?? Well, I guess the better question is where have I been.... I'll tell you - Texas. Yep, Texas. That's a whole other story best told over several pints of beer, but to get to the point I'm back and have some titillating tips and updates for you for the coming weekend. (Which, I fervently hope, is freaking sunny for once....).
First, some Whiskey Tips - recently on Colleen Graham's Cocktail Blog a contributing writer opined on the various ways to drink whiskey -- and which is correct and which isn't. Some key points include judging the serving style by the alcohol content. For example:
- Cask strength or barrel proof whiskies (usually those over 50% abv) can usually benefit from the addition of a splash of cool water or an ice cube or two. (Booker's Bourbon is a good example of a cask strength whiskey.)
- Whiskies that range from 45% abv (90 proof) to 50% abv (100 proof) may either be enhanced with water, or it may not. It's trial and error on these, and personal preference.
- And finally, whiskies at 80 proof, such as Jack Daniels, are probably best enjoyed neat. A whiskey at 40% abv has already been cut down to this strength at the distillery and may not need additional water or ice.
Second, a weekend update. In case anyone's been living under a rock, the Bear Tooth scored Mos Def for it's 15th Anniversary Smashdown, and that is awesome. If you aren't going - get tickets. Not only is he "Mos Def-initely" a great musical artist (sorry, I had to), he also did a pretty great job interpreting the role of Ford Prefect in the recent film version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. My sister has (vehemently) informed me that I cannot, however, bring my battered copy of the Douglas Adams classic and ask Mr. Def to sign it. However short my shorts are.
Other hip happenings around town include.... The State Fair!. Come on, it's the first weekend, I'm a little excited. This weekend kicks off with some major concerts, including Craig Morgan on Saturday and Garrison Keillor on Sunday. Also, all the turkey legs you can possibly eat.