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November 21, 2011

fizzy bubblech (bubbly orange cocktail for sick people)

Yesterday, I sneezed violently and continuously for about 6 hours straight.

I’ve struggled with pretty intense allergy attacks since childhood, so this wasn’t a big surprise. But I still can’t get used to the fact that, when these attacks happen once a month or so, the only way to get them to stop is to knock myself out with Benadryl or Nyquil – a half dose because I’m hypersensitive to medicine too.

And it still annoys me when I wake up the next morning and feel like I’ve been hit by a truck. A truck full of sickness. Severe nasal and chest congestion, post nasal drip, swollen sinuses, and some more sneezing and coughing. As though that weren’t unpleasant enough, if I don’t stay very warm, drink lots of liquids, avoid air conditioning and the outdoors, and barely move the entire next day, this 2-day allergy attack-induced cold ramps up into a 2-week flu.

Once I’m sick, I don’t usually feel like drinking fluids. I used to drink orange juice, but now more than a few sips will produce acid reflux symptoms. I know I’m supposed to drink water or decaf tea, but it’s a constant struggle to get liquid down.

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A couple years ago, I was struck with some creativity during a moment of illness and poured a packet of Super Orange Emergen-C into a glass of club soda. Maybe I had been watching You Don’t Mess With the Zohan, which features an orange soda called Fizzy Bubblech. Maybe not.

Either way, this sick person cocktail has become a sick-time staple for me. The bubbles soothe my throat and stomach, the orange flavor makes it more appealing than nasty plain water (I love water in real life; in sick life, I can’t stand it) without giving me acid reflux like OJ does, and it pumps me full of Vitamin C when I need it most. (more…)

July 9, 2011

cucumber vodka and elderflower fizz

Once upon my I-vehemently-disagree-with-everything-my-mom-says -and-does teenage years, I thought I found a message from a kindred spirit in “Break Stuff,” a song Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit had channeled all his short man syndrome anger into.

About half my lifetime later, I am fortunate to have a wonderfully close relationship with my mother. But this week, a particularly trying set of phone and email negotiations with a very conflict- (rather than compromise-) oriented outside attorney made “one of those days” turn into one of those weeks.

By the time Wednesday rolled around, I was ready for a Friday night cocktail, but instead, I found serenity in preparing a vodka infusion that I could look forward to enjoying come Friday.

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February 15, 2011

vodka and elderflower sparkling lemonade

Filed under: drinks,vegan — Tags: , , , , , , , — Kristen @ 2:00 pm

Elderflower liqueur is something I never would have thought to try had a friend not recommended it a few years ago. And ever since then, I’ve been adding it to all sorts of drinks. As far as cocktails go, this sweetly floral liqueur has been truly changed my world.

A little splash of St. Germain with a gin and tonic, vodka and club soda, or glass of sparkling wine has really lifted my standard cocktails of choice to a new level. That goes doubly for less-than-stellar glasses of sparkling wine (or even regular white wine). In all seriousness, this liqueur has saved many a bottle of almost-undrinkable white wine gifts from the trash. (more…)

November 4, 2010

sparkling apple brandy limeade

Filed under: drinks,vegan — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Kristen @ 8:46 pm

Mother Nature, your recent weather shenanigans have put me in an awkward position, alcoholically speaking. When San Francisco weather turned predictably frigid at the end of October, as it has done for all of the past five years I’ve lived here, I officially went into fall and winter mode. I made an Oktoberfest-inspired potato and bratwurst salad; and I baked a gorgonzola-crusted pear tart; and I lunged head first into butternut squash season; and I embraced hearty grains and winter greens; and I even purchased some apple brandy on a particularly bone-chilling day so that I could make a nice warm beverage to enjoy in front of the fire that evening. Then the Giants won the World Series, and suddenly, we’ve reverted back to Indian summer. And actually, it’s been even warmer than early September through late October. It’s been downright hot and incredibly sweaty. Need I remind you it’s November?!? How am I supposed to use the 7-pound sugar pie pumpkin I invested in when my apartment is blazing hot without even turning on the oven or stove? And more importantly, what will become of that apple brandy, which I longed to pour into hot apple cider and other cold weather cocktail concoctions?

This is all particularly frustrating to me because I’m a planner by nature. One look at my Google calendar will show you that I plan weeks and even months – and sometimes an entire year – in advance. That look will also reveal that I am serious about organization; you’ll see I’ve got not one, but five different calendars within the Google calendar: social/travel; birthdays; professional; deadlines; and Bar Method. (Yes, Bar Method has an entire calendar to itself. And it’s fabulously pink.) I probably have a problem. But I can’t help it, and it keeps me very aware of what I’m doing, where I’m going, who I’m meeting, and when all of this is occurring. Some might call me “thoroughly organized and incredibly detail-oriented;” others might go with “crazy.”

Either way, when I buy something like apple brandy, I expect to use it. For winter drinks. Maybe even for winter cooking. But I just can’t drink brown booze when it’s 80 degrees out. (more…)

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