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Orange Buck

24 Apr Orange Buck - Featured

Many things have occurred in the last few weeks. So many changes to adapt to; some daunting, some demanding, some enjoyable. The biggest one that involves all of the above would have to be a fuzzy little addition to my family. Cham Chamers, say “hello” to Muffin! He’s a five-month old Goldendoodle.

Muffin

Regal as heck

Little Muffin here has been an unending source of comedy and frustration ever since I got him. After having him for one whole month, I have finally gotten him sort of potty trained, to understand ‘sit’, ‘no’ and ‘come here’, and also properly terrified of umbrellas. Can’t wait for him to grow up!

OK, enough about my puppy, let’s get on with the mixing! The Orange Buck is an amazingly well balanced drink. The ginger ale adds a lot of bite so you don’t need to top with too big of a splash. The Orange Buck is not too sweet, not too sour, not too gassy. It’s just perfect in every aspect. This drink gets 5 stars and 2 thumbs up. Highly recommended! Plus, it’s soooo easy to make. It’ll be great for a casual party or game’s night. Continue reading

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Indian Summer

29 Jan Indian Summer - Featured

Happy New Year, cham chamers! How has everyone’s start of the year been? Personally, it’s been really tough getting back into the groove of things. The festive season really took its toll on me, and along with the new year comes all these personal expectations and planning, planning, planning.

I’ve never really understood nor appreciated the notion of New Year’s resolutions. It’s so insincere and so fleeting. I feel that if you were truly honest with yourself, you’ll find that you won’t be making resolutions but goals instead, foreseeable things that can tangibly be achieved with careful planning and a little discipline. So, my plans for 2013? Achieve financial goals, run more marathons, say ‘yes’ more, and the most significant one is to chase after my dreams. Each of us are born with innate talents and we shouldn’t short-change ourselves just because our environment and circumstance dictates otherwise.

Well, to that end, let’s get right back on track and make us some drinks! Today, we’ll be making an Indian Summer. The Indian Summer is a deceptively strong drink. It has a strong coffee note, and can be pretty sweet to taste. If I had to describe this drink, I’d say it’s like drinking a wood scented pot-pouri. Full of flowery tones and pleasantly heavy. Continue reading

The Specimen Jar

26 Oct The Specimen Jar - Featured

To ring in the Halloween weekend, this is our final installment for the Halloween series. And in true bloody madness, allow me to share with you another Halloween classic, Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart.

It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture –a pale blue eye, with a film over it. Whenever it fell upon me, my blood ran cold; and so by degrees –very gradually –I made up my mind to take the life of the old man, and thus rid myself of the eye forever.

Are you ready to make something horrifying? Ok, let’s begin. What you’ll need for The Specimen Jar is peach schnapps, gin, canned lychees, honey, and powdered red dye.

The Specimen Jar - What You Need

Tanqueray Distilled Dry Gin; The Original De Kuyper PeachTree; Frozen honey-lychee eyeball

It’s extra gruesome and truth be told, the yummiest of the series. Continue reading

Palm Beach

1 Oct Palm Beach - Featured

The Palm Beach is a cool, summery drink, great for a weekend lounge-about. Let me paint you a picture. It’s a lazy, cloudy afternoon. You have a few friends over lounging on your patio chatting about nothing important. And there’s a cool breeze, of course. <insert Palm Beach> It’s also pretty easy to make keeping it in-line with the theme of the day: lazing.

What you’ll need is rum, gin, pineapple juice, ice, and a cocktail shaker.

Palm Beach - What You Need

Tanqueray Distilled Gin; Ice; Bacardi Gold Rum; Fruit Tree Pineapple; Cocktail Shaker & Strainer

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