Fun fact: I love music. I have since I was old enough to recognize the differences. I grew up listening to the “Ultimate Oldies Station” in Atlanta before moving onto alternative rock in middle school. The music of the mid-90s was incredible, making it a great time to be a teenager. I used to sit in my room with my headphones on for hours, making mixed tapes (this was before CD burners were mainstream). Whenever I hear Counting Crows, Oasis, Bush and Collective Soul and so many others, I am rocketed back to my early teenage years when alternative music was on the rise … until the boy bands sprang on the scene.
Thanks to the lovely ladies at Iowa Catholic Radio’s own Catholic Women Now for having me on the show this morning. It was so awesome to talk with them and we have a great time. Per their request, I created a drink just for them. It’s a lovely drink that is easy to make and enjoy no matter the time of year.
A Manhattan is a cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Commonly used whiskeys include rye (the traditional choice), Canadian whisky, bourbon, blended whiskey and Tennessee whiskey. The cocktail is often stirred and strained into a cocktail glass, where it is garnished with a Maraschino cherry with a stem. A Manhattan is also frequently served on the rocks in a lowball glass. The whiskey-based Manhattan is one of five cocktails named for one of New York City’s five boroughs. The Manhattan is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in Atlanta, we are in full spring mode. We’ve got trees and flowers blooming, grass is green again and spring rain showers to help wash away the yellow pollen from the sky.
If you’re one of those people who is not affected by spring seasonal allergies, I am jealous. You can find me inside staring at all the people enjoying the perfect temperatures as I press my face against the glass wishing I didn’t erupt in sneezes and headaches from the outdoors.
In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates with an annual event called AHA Big Brew. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May. I know, we missed the first Saturday of the month, but it’s Homebrew month so we can continue to celebrate.