Sunday, April 27, 2008

Drink up.



So, I was flipping through the Seattle Times entertaining section and saw this photo (above), along with an article (HERE) on what to stock to make short-notice entertaining a snap. They recommended keeping Lillet in the fridge.

I'd never heard of Lillet ( "lee-lay"), so I consulted my good friend WIKI and learned that, along with being one of the beverages enjoyed by James Bond in Casino Royale, in her 2006 Off-Broadway show, Everything Bad and Beautiful, Sandra Bernhard takes a sip from her glass on stage and says: "Mmmm. Lillet. It's like an upscale Manischewitz." Right there, I knew I had a winner.


(Why isn't she my neighbor? I love her. Just more evidence that I am, in fact, a gay man trapped in the body of a 32-year-old woman.)


So, Lillet is good. Over ice. Lots of ice. And I used a twist of orange, although wiki might be right... should have been lemon.

I had also wanted to give Campari a try. It's not what I expected. Or maybe just more of what I expected. Too much. I had it on ice with a twist of orange, plus a little of the orange juice. I might need to use it to make an Americano (HERE) to see if that helps me work through the bottle I just bought.

Why all this talk of booze and entertaining? I must have summer on the brain. Plus I am growing mint in pots and realized I needed to stock up on Mojito fixings for the summer. I am not a cocktail expert, but would love to become one. Me, Frank Sinatra, a new patio & backyard, and a Negroni = perfect summer night.



Image from MyNottingHill.

34 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, isn't Lillet the best? I love it. It's the go-to drink in our house. We use orange peel to rub on the lip of the glass, and twist it up as garnish inside the glass...yumm!

When I was in Nice last summer, I also got hooked on Campari...everyone in Nice is drinking it ALL THE TIME, it's great if you mix it with soda water to cut the bitterness, and also add the twist of orange.

Jules said...

True story: My husband paid his way through college as a bartender for TGI Friday. He won the regional bar tender Olympics but didn't go to the national competition because he had finals. There isn't a drink he doesn't know how to make.

I drink two things, but never to excess because I hate the feeling of being drunk:

Vodka, rocks, dirty, 3 olives.

Tequila, rocks, salt, 1 lime wedge. Yes, Tequila should be enjoyed at room temperature. I don't care.

Anonymous said...

Jeez, her head is HUGE. (Sandra's)

Sucker For Marketing said...

mmm, Mojitos. But next timne you get the urge to use some of that mint up, try this, Limonchello Mint Lemonade...it's WAY better! I think I will go make one!

here is the recipe: http://www.grouprecipes.com/47647/limoncello-mint-lemonade.html

Anonymous said...

I want to like Campari (I love the ads) but it just tastes so awful.

Mackenna said...

my husband's GQ says this summer is all about dark and stormy's (the cocktail just in case you weren't sure :) )
i'm a big fan of pimm's in the summer

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Lillet is a constant chez moi.

pve design said...

Cheers!

maison21 said...

decorno, sweetie- i can assure you are not a gay man trapped in a womans body- we gays turned on sandra years ago, and now she is dead to us...

Decorno said...

You did? Why?

God, I am so out of the loop.

maison21 said...

simple. she had a falling out with madonna- if she's out with madonna, she's out with us...

real reason? i'm not really sure- rumor has it she was booked as celebrity entertainment on a gay cruise and was rude and abusive during her act. she was booed off stage, and the rest is history.

moral? don't piss off 2000 gays all at once- they all have big mouths and can't WAIT to read you to their friends. and stay on madonna's good side, just to be safe...

ps- i met her once years ago and she was perfectly pleasant, so i have nothing against her personally. my comment was meant to be amusing more than anything else. if you need to know more gay likes and dislikes, i'm always happy to help...

Suzy said...

I've never heard of it, let along tried it - I'm feeling a bit provincial now! I am not a fan of Campari either - my husband (italian) loves the stuff...

Decorno said...

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

It is, in fact, much better with lemon. Suzy, I think you'll like it. It's perfume-y, but not bitter like Campari.

Anonymous said...

If the person you met years ago was "personally pleasant," it wasn't Sandra Bernhard.

Anonymous said...

I want to know more about gay likes and dislikes! Spill it!

Anonymous said...

My boyfriend and I like this one diner out on Route 1, but I'm not sure how the rest of our gay brethren and sisteren worldwide would think.

the quarter rat said...

I like Lillet every now and again - a friend gave me a bottle for my birthday several years ago. It's really good as a vermouth substitute - great alternate Manhattans; it's also nice with soda and an orange slice.

As far as Negronis go,they're too sticky for my taste. Try this alternate recipe for a nice dry but fruity summer cocktail:

The Jimboni (Jimbo's Negroni)

Mix equal parts Campari and gin (for this I use either Gordon's or Tanqueray) and the juice of 1/2 to whole lemon (depending on season)with peel - the oil is important - in a cocktail shaker, stir lightly, let sit. Don't shake. Ever.

Coat the inside of a cocktail glass with sweet vermouth, then rub edge of glass with lemon twist. Pour contents of shaker in glass.

(watch out, they're pretty lethal!)

Enjoy,
Jimbo

morrismore said...

Manhattans are our house drink, though I must say that Mai Tais taste awfully good in the summer (or in Hawaii)! As for snacks, I used to serve only healthy stuff like raw vegetables and roasted unsalted almonds. The first time I included "unhealthy" items I was astonished at how much people enjoyed them. So, these days at our house it looks more like my parents cocktail hour: you might find Lays (original) potato chips, Bugles(they're difficult to find) and always cheese (Cowgirl Creamery, out of Point Reyes Station in Marin County is our favorite cheese maker). Guests don't want to leave the living room!

Anonymous said...

Healthy stuff, like patience, is definitely overrated.

~M said...

Mmmm. Lillet. Why must I be thinking about Lillet when I can't have any for 26 more blasted weeks! I love Lillet over ice with a twist of orange. The only problem is...I can't have just one!

I have Campari and orange juice (50/50) over ice every year for BAT (Big Ass Tree) day (the weekend after Thanksgiving at my Dad's. I know it's a summery drink, but I love it nonetheless! We get cocktails and appetizers, they get their tree put up.

Be the change..... said...

I've always wanted to try campari -but now i'll try lillet instead! bitter -ew.
The funny thing is, that for the first few weeks I read your blog -i assumed you were a gay man (and i should know!). Thats meant as a compliment, btw -i love your blog!

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Do keep the Lillet in the 'fridge. It's wine, of a sort.

As for the Campari, I think you'll like Americanos. Just make sure that it's a really hot summer day. Drank them during our last stay in south of France at a hotel (no longer exists) in which Grahame Greene lived. Refreshing...

Anonymous said...

LOOOVE Lillet! I'm always surprised when people haven't heard of it, even bartenders! Do try the red Lillet as well, it's delicious and totally different. Kind of pomegranate like. Also, a wonderful alternative to Campari, is Aperol. Hard to find but an interesting drink, grapefruit-like and very sweet. Cheers!

Jessica Claire said...

I don't enjoy campari too much either- too bitter for my liking!

I am looking forward to making some pimm's cups this summer- sounds refreshing!

Pigtown-Design said...

Dark & Stormys rock... but be SURE you use ginger beer, not ginger ale.

Anonymous said...

D. - few posts illicit so many comments as the ones on money and booze. Perhaps you have another calling? Just sayin'.

design - 59 said...

I love the wall sconces!!!!

Kwana said...

I'd so love to set up a bar like that, but with twin 14 year olds I don't want to make my house look like THE party house. But when they are gone to college it is so going to be THE party house for me and the DH. And I'm with you. Why is she not my neighbor?

Ana said...

oh my gosh...I love that small bar w/ the beautiful circle candle sconces and the light painting. it all makes me want a nice cool drink! thanks!

Germi said...

Try adding a slice of cucumber along with the twist of orange (or lemon) in your Lillet ... it's wonderful - perfectly balanced. Lillet is always served before summer dinner parties at my house. Love!

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks for posting up my bar - now I know why my stats shot up! For me - a mojito or a gin and tonic w/lime.

Anonymous said...

A more provocative blog name would be "My Rotting Hill."

Brilliant Asylum said...

Just after I turned 21, I ordered a Campari and soda to try and look sophisticated (and because it was Harrison Ford's drink of choice--lol). A decade later and the memory still haunts my gag reflex. Of course, I always keep a bottle handy. It's like Chanel No. 5--totally useless beyond it's classic, capped appearance (for me, at least).

katek said...

Mackenna is inside my drink-choosing cortex! I've been loving the Dark & Stormies lately, and Pimms is my summer favorite, along with a good Greyhound (gin and grapefruit).

My mom has a campari and soda with lime while she cooks dinner many nights. it's barely a splash of the campari, enough to flavor the seltzer without being overwhelming. That stuff in pungent, though I enjoy small ice cold sips.