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The Cucumber Caipiroska: Perfect Summer Party Cocktail

Every spring and summer ins Athens, I would always head to Highwire Lounge for their signature cocktails. My favorite of which was the Cucumber Caipiroska. This recipe isn’t exactly the same, but it’s pretty great. The only thing missing is the smell of the booths make from unfinished wood.

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Took this picture, in Highwire, on a Palm Pre. The drink closest to me is mine. It is almost definitely a cucumber caipiroska. 

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup caster sugar
  • 1 Cup lime juice
  • 3 Stalks of prepared lemongrass
  • 4 Cucumbers, peeled and deseeded
  • ⅔ Cup white vodka
  • 3 Cups soda water
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Lime wedges

To Do

  1. Make a lime/lemongrass simple syrup. Place the sugar, lime juice and lemongrass in a saucepan over low heat and cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high and bring to the boil for 2 minutes or until thickened slightly. You can do this in the microwave if you’re careful with it.
  2. Serve it up. Allow to cool completely. Strain. Place the cucumber, white rum and lemongrass syrup in a blender and process until smooth. Pass through a sieve into a 1.5 litre-capacity jug.
  3. Finish it off. Add the soda water, extra cucumber and ice and stir to combine. Squeeze in extra lime, if desired. You can do this park all together or per cup, depending on how fizzy you like it or quickly it’s being drank.

Makes 1.25 litres (5 cups)

From the Draft Pile: Fun-employment 2017

Have you recently found yourself in the state of unemployment, love? Looking for things to do that are both productive and fun? Well. I’ll have none of that. Follow my lead and have some fun doing all the worst possible things you can do while unemployed. Here are my current top 5 funemployment tips to get you back on your feet faster than that squarespace site you promised your best friend you would build her before your slow decent into depression will get built.

  1. Showers are for closers.
  2. There are so many YouTube videos of drag queens around.
  3. Avoid all media related to your old job so you’re completely out of touch with your former world.
  4. As your subscription video accounts expire, make sure you forget and leave all your shows in  mid season, preferably in a cliffhanger.
  5. Listen to podcasts about tv shows you do not watch.

The picture is of a kitten outside of a hospital. Note, I wrote this in March and am still unemployed. You can read more about mitigating circumstances and why I was at a hospital to take a picture of a stray cat here.   

From the Draft Pile: My 5 New Year’s Q1 Goals

The following post was written (obviously) in January as a abortive New Years resolutions goals post. I have accomplished 1 and 1/2 of these and it is about 2 quarters through the year, Not one. Predicting this, I attempted to make the goals easy. I’m good at life. 

It’s closer to the end of January than the beginning. And, that’s how I like these posts. Resolutions are stupid. Unfortunately, the calendar year is just so damn convenient or organize things around.

As to not even try and think on the unachievable, huge, life changing goals, I’ve decided to focus on only the first quarter of 2017.

So, here I am writing up my my short term goals for the quarter. Here’s the list and I’ll come back for a post I’ll keep updated on each.

  1. Read the X-Men comics I’ve been putting off for what seems like forever but lead into the books I love the most. First up is The Phalanx Covenant so I can grasp Gemeration-X better.
  2. Buy an Nvidia Shield TV box and use it as my gateway drug back into gaming. 
  3. Figure out a way to make my cat, Rose, get along with his new friend and roommate… my parents’ cat Violet. 
  4. Make at least one trip to visit a friend who lives in a state I don’t currently (or recently) live in. 
  5. Figure out a way to make my living situation work. I live in a room that has the laundry room… as a closet

If you’ve made it this far, you deserve to know that I accomplished #3 because that just happens naturally over time. I also read the Grant Morrison run on New X-Men (again), so that gets a half.   

Mulled for the Gods

Mulling wine for the good of Thanksgiving was the best idea I’ve had in a while. Here’s a very precise recipe that I used. Sorry for the lack of real pics… but you can imagine, right?

If not, you can imagine it looks a little like this minus the star anise because it’s my least favorite spice of all time—I mean, who really needs a spice that tastes vaguely of licorice and/or fennel? 😠

I paired the picture of mulling wine with one of my sister passed out after consuming most of said wine. Recipe after the jump. Continue reading Mulled for the Gods

The Buffy Drinking Game

Buffy Cast

Drink any time one of the following things happen:

  • Someone says “vampire”
  • Anya references being a demon
  • A vampire gets staked
  • Angel looks angsty
  • Giles or Spike use British slang
  • A band plays at The Bronze
  • Giles polishes his glasses
  • A character on screen drinks
  • Dawn whines about something

I think I have my plans for this weekend.