Tuesday, October 13, 2009

amaretto pie

Okay... I know... you're not sure if that is a cocktail or a dessert, right? It's actually a "shooter". Not my words; it's what the website I found it on calls it. This dates the guy on the website, but I feel right at home with that terminology. That's what we called them when I was in college. (Usually associated with Melon Ball, but there were others.) Nowadays they would just be called "shots". Maybe Midori isn't the liquor of choice anymore, but there are countless concoctions.

I have this whole lounge/martini bar/1960's chic mindset when it comes to drinking. Even though I have never done it, I would love to throw a "real" cocktail party. (Most of my get togethers center around large buckets of beer with the occasional bottle (or 3) of wine.) I am so fascinated by The Cocktail that I have a stack of what I call Cocktail Cookbooks. I peruse them in my free time looking for the best sounding or looking drink.

That brings me to the site where I found the Amaretto Pie, Everyday Drinkers. Their philosophy is:

Imagine a world where you can sit in the comfort of your own home, beside a warm fire drinking your favorite beverage. Perhaps you’re more of a pub crawler or “common man” drinker that just wants to try new spirits without having to risk hitting a bad brew. Perhaps you’re an everyday drinker?
We at Everyday Drinkers are your common consumers of alcoholic beverages, we’re not out to use big fancy words and try to sound all ‘uppity uppity’ about our drinks. Beer, wine, beer, cocktails, mixed drinks or a Midori Sour is fine with us – whatever makes us happy. However, our ultimate goal is to provide you with entertainment through our Drinking Podcast and learn you up on some styles of drinks from Japan to Germany to the good ol’ US of A.


That's me, alright!

One of the things I like about Everyday Drinkers is they actually show you how to make the drinks. Think of it as a DYI for drinkers! You can tell that the host Derrick Schommer is tasting the beverage for the first time when you see him drink it. Not every offering is a winner, but you gotta give props to someone willing to be the guinea pig for the common man. (Can I get that job?)

I like Amaretto. It doesn't matter what you do with it... I like it. My first brush with Amaretto was drinking Amaretto Sours at the Roof Top Lounge at the Sheraton in Dover, Delaware. I was 20 years old and it had live music and a dance floor. (Oh, to be young again!) These days I mostly drink it as an after dinner drink, but it's hard to drink it slowly out of those little glasses! I think I will try the Amaretto Pie recipe, but not as a shot (shooter). I will increase the portions and drink a Amaretto Lovers version. I have to admit when Derrick said it looked like a breakfast shot, I immediately had plans for my next celebratory brunch!

The recipe is an easy one: equal parts Amaretto, pineapple juice and orange juice. He suggests 1 ounce of each for the shooter. (As I said, I have bigger plans.) If you try it before I do, let me know what you think. (Actually, I have sent Countrymouse to the store for Amaretto as I write this!!)

Here's the video from Everyday Drinkers for the full experience! Happy drinking!




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