Bellini

By Rod Cishahayo

There are many ways to share the only bottle of bubbly left from the holidays. If you think that one bottle of champagne (or sparkling wine) is not enough for a house party, let me tell you how I did it. All ten of us tinkered on that bottle.

Ingredients:
Champagne (or chardonnay sparkling wine)
Peach Schnapps
Grenadine

1. Put ice cubes in the champagne flute for five minutes to chill the glass.
2. Empty the champagne glass.
3. Add a tiny dash of grenadine.
4. Add 25 ml. of peach schnapps (Available at C-Store).
5. Slowly add the champagne.
6. Cheers your friends and enjoy.

A few tips:
1. Make sure your champagne is cold; it is very important for the taste.
2. The glass has to be chilled as well.
3. Peach juice or peach puree can be used instead of peach schnapps.
4. You can garnish with a red cherry, but I have heard that a raspberry is the best.

Happy New Year of the Goat Everyone!

bellini

Warnings in January 2015

I don’t have to tell anybody that it’s the end of the year. Resolutions? I gave up on those a very long time ago, but one thing I’ve gotten into the habit of doing is to review my last year—kind of like a wrap-up. Before going into the positives, I’m going to delve into the negatives. What didn’t I learn in 2014? A lot, that’s for certain: I didn’t learn how to speak French, to shave on a regular basis, to let myself not be annoyed by people who open up to me too quickly, to use Excel, to be able to bench over 200 pounds. Some things are easier to do than others, but nevertheless, some things still escape me. I mean how hard is it to take a razor to my skin once every other day? Other things? I can’t seem to be able to quit smoking no matter how hard I “try”. I am unable to turn off my ears when people are talking across the room. I still get sensory overload whenever I walk down an aisle in the supermarket that has a lot of things written in small English print. Anytime a Chinese person speaks to me in English, I always try to translate it into Chinese. These habits I would like to change. I will not, however, resolve to make that kind of turnaround. All I can do is to look at the things I’ve learned over the past year.

What exactly are those? Vocabulary: waiter in French, mink in Chinese, credenza in English. I’ve learned that a bottle of Jägermeister a day doesn’t keep the doctor away. I can finally remember all twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac. I’m now comfortable when bidding on an item at auction. I know the difference between a real and a fake Griswold cast iron skillet. I think I’ve finally figured out how to cook a hamburger on the grill that not only will people eat, but will also pay money for. More vocabulary: shit in French, karma in Chinese, aioli in English. I’ve reaccustomed myself to driving again. Picking up the difference between the Doobie Brothers and the Allman Brothers helps. Now I realize that some of this newly acquired knowledge is totally useless, but it makes me more comfortable nevertheless, not to mention the fact that it sometimes makes me a bit of cash, or rather not lose so much dough.  Speaking of losing, I’ve also regained, what I thought was, a long lost ability to shed a few pounds.

Maybe next year I’ll be able to order goat with a bit of aioli made on a real iron skillet in a French restaurant, drink it with only one glass of wine, pay for it with my newly saved money, input those expenses into an Excel document, and wonder if karma will bite me in the ass, and get me served some shit placed on the credenza instead. But hey, one step at a time right? Happy New Year guys.

by Tim Hoerle

Hennessy Hot Toddy

 By Rod Cishahayo

December, without a doubt, is a favorite time of the year for many people. Apart from being the last month, it hosts two most loved festivals of the year: Christmas and the New Year. And even though holiday mood might warm us metaphorically, you can’t deny that December is also when it gets freakishly cold in the Zhou. It definitely affects our daily habits, clothing, eating (hot pot anyone??), it even changes our beverage of preference. Many of us don’t fancy cold drinks for fear of catching cold. We like our herbal teas on the sofas, and even when at a bar or a restaurant we are tempted to ask for a minute to warm up before the first GT. Besides mulled wine – certainly not a bad choice in this weather – a Hot Toddy is an elegant and delicious alternative. A perfect balance of acidity and sweetness with a touch of cinnamon added to cognac will warm your body and soul instantly. And trust me, it feels healthy.

Ingredients:
Hennessy Cognac V.S.O.P
Lemon Juice
Maple syrup or Honey
Cinnamon stick
Nutmeg

Preparation:
1. Take your whiskey glass or coffee mug, add 15ml of maple syrup or honey to it.
2. Add 15ml of lemon juice and stir till the syrup is totally mixed with the juice.
3. Add 45ml of Hennessy Cognac V.S.O.P and stir.
4. Add hot water slowly to the solution and garnish with cinnamon stick and freshly grated nutmeg.

A Few Tips
1. Make sure your glass is warm enough before the preparation because when not too hot taste different.
2. The sugar as well as water can be add or reduced according to the taste
3. Instead of hot water you can use earl grey tea. it taste even better

Merry Christmas and happy New Year 2015!

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