It’s hard to walk down the aisle of a liquor store without running across a bottle bearing someone’s name. We put them in our cocktails, but how well do we know them? Here’s some biographical detail on the men behind your favorite tipples. —- by Ethan Trex
1. Captain Morgan
The Captain wasn’t always just the choice of sorority girls looking to blend spiced rum with Diet Coke; in the 17th century he was a feared privateer. Not only did the Welsh pirate marry his own cousin, he ran risky missions for the governor of Jamaica, including capturing some Spanish prisoners in Cuba and sacking Port-au-Prince in Haiti. He then plundered the Cuban coast before holding for ransom the entire city of Portobelo, Panama. He later looted and burned Panama City, but his pillaging career came to an end when Spain and England signed a peace treaty in 1671. Instead of getting in trouble for his high-seas antics, Morgan received knighthood and became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.
2. Johnnie Walker
Walker, the name behind the world’s most popular brand of Scotch whisky, was born in 1805 in Ayrshire, Scotland. When his father died in 1819, Johnnie inherited a trust of a little over 400 pounds, which the trustees invested in a grocery store. Walker grew to become a very successful grocer in the town of Kilmarnock and even sold a whisky, Walker’s Kilmarnock Whisky. Johnnie’s son Alexander was the one who actually turned the family into famous whisky men, though. Alexander had spent time in Glasgow learning how to blend teas, but he eventually returned to Kilmarnock to take over the grocery from his father. Alexander turned his blending expertise to whisky, and came up with “Old Highland Whisky,” which later became Johnnie Walker Black Label.
3. Jack Daniel
Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel of Tennessee whiskey fame was the descendant of Welsh settlers who came to the United States in the early 19th century. He was born in 1846 or 1850 and was one of 13 children. By 1866 he was distilling whiskey in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Unfortunately for the distiller, he had a bit of a temper. One morning in 1911 Daniel showed up for work early and couldn’t get his safe open. He flew off the handle and kicked the offending strongbox. The kick was so ferocious that Daniel injured his toe, which then became infected. The infection soon became the blood poisoning that killed the whiskey mogul.
Curious about why your bottle of J.D. also has Lem Motlow listed as the distillery’s proprietor? Daniel’s own busy life of distilling and safe-kicking kept him from ever finding a wife and siring an heir, so in 1907 he gave the distillery to his beloved nephew Lem Motlow, who had come to work for him as a bookkeeper.
4. Jose Cuervo
In 1758, Jose Antonio de Cuervo received a land grant from the King of Spain to start an agave farm in the Jalisco region of Mexico. Jose used his agave plants to make mescal, a popular Mexican liquor. In 1795, King Carlos IV gave the land grant to Cuervo’s descendant Jose Maria Guadalupe de Cuervo. Carlos IV also granted the Cuervo family the first license to commercially make tequila, so they built a larger factory on the existing land. The family started packaging their wares in individual bottles in 1880, and in 1900 the booze started going by the brand name Jose Cuervo. The brand is still under the leadership of the original Jose Cuervo’s family; current boss Juan-Domingo Beckmann is the sixth generation of Cuervo ancestors to run the company.
5. Jim Beam
Jim Beam, the namesake of the world’s best-selling bourbon whiskey, didn’t actually start the distillery that now bears his name. His great-grandfather Jacob Beam opened the distillery in 1788 and started selling his first barrels of whiskey in 1795. In those days, the whiskey went by the less-catchy moniker of “Old Tub.” Jacob Beam handed down the distillery to his son David Beam, who in turn passed it along to his son David M. Beam, who eventually handed the operation off to his son, Colonel James Beauregard Beam, in 1894. Although he was only 30 years old when he took over the family business, Jim Beam ran the distillery until Prohibition shut him down. Following repeal in 1933, Jim quickly built a distillery and began resurrecting the Old Tub brand, but he also added something new to the company’s portfolio: a bourbon simply called Jim Beam.
When he was a young boy, Charles Tanqueray’s path through life seemed pretty clear. He was the product of three straight generations of Bedfordshire clergymen, so it must have seemed natural to assume that he would take up the cloth himself. Wrong. Instead, he started distilling gin in 1830 in a little plant in London’s Bloomsbury district. By 1847, he was shipping his gin to colonies around the British Empire, where many plantation owners and troops had developed a taste for Tanqueray and tonic.
Gaspare Campari found his calling quickly. By the time he was 14, he had risen to become a master drink mixer in Turin, and in this capacity he started dabbling with a recipe for an aperitif. When he eventually settled on the perfect mixture, his concoction had over 60 ingredients. In 1860, he founded Gruppo Campari to make his trademark bitters in Milan. Like Colonel Sanders’ spice blend, the recipe for Campari is a closely guarded secret supposedly known by only the acting Gruppo Campari chairman, who works with a tiny group of employees to make the concentrate with which alcohol and water are infused to get Campari. The drink is still made from Gaspare Campari’s recipe, though, which includes quinine, orange peel, rhubarb, and countless other flavorings.
Attention Handsome Hubs!!! I Wanna Futuristic Space-Age Dining Room Set Pod Unit!
Futuristic Transforming Dining Room Table-and-Chairs Set
For now it is simply a design, but there is very little preventing this futuristic dining roomtable-and-chairs furniture set from becoming a present-day reality. The pieces fit neatly together and a simple pneumatic system would make the central lift possible – providing a cosmetic overhang that doubles as a central light fixture.
Cute, convertible and space-saving though it may be, this design does have some drawbacks. Namely, there is an object in the center of the table that obstructs views and the seats don’t appear to be fully stable on their own. Still, as a concept design it is certainly some good designer eye-candy either way.
Question...What's the last restaurant you visited? What did you order? What city/state is it in? Would you recommend?
Last Night we went to The Cheesecake Factory at The Coco Walk in Miami, FL. to celebrate one of our private little anniversary date. Our server was an incompetent ass clown with chronic halitosis. But we still remained courteous and left a fair tip.
My Big Gorgeous ordered an outstanding BBQ pulled pork sandwich while I had some faux Baja fish taco fuckery. Their red sangria was better than expected. We both adored our desserts. Booboo got an Oreo cheesecake and I got the turtle cheesecake. The platter of nachos that Big Sexy made for lunch today totally kicked The Cheesecake Factory's Ass!Lol
The Hubs, and I spent the Thanksgiving holiday in my hometown of Etowah, TN which is about 15 miles away from the Cracker Barrel in Athens, TN .My Mom invited us out to eat with her and the Womack family; who are our best friends from Miracle Deliverance Tabernacle. We had to wait a while to be seated, but it was worth it since we were given a fantastic window seat in the main family room with the fireplace. My only regret was that we had to leave our doggie Biscotti at home; but I had enough food left to bring him a doggy bag of macaroni and cheese.Yaay! For some reason, the majority of Athens,TN businesses and restaurants are not doggy friendly, at all. Our lovely waitress, --who was an even prettier version of Mila Kunis was wonderful. She was so detailed and efficient that she repeated everyone's individual order upon receiving it and then promptly re-verified the entire group's order before turning it in to the kitchen. Before our main course arrived; we all polished off like 2 baskets of heavenly buttered biscuits with apple butter and assorted jams/jellies. Mommy Adella Bella, Shawna Womack, Bobby, and I ALL ordered the Cracker Barrel sampler which consists of chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, a choice of city or country ham, with a whopping 3 side dishes. My chosen sides were fried apples, macaroni and cheese, and the turnip greens which had these delicious savory chunks of smoked meat in it. Absolutely to die for, or better yet--to LIVE for! Sue Bee Womack and her adorable grandson Dylan had breakfast with fried eggs, sausage patties and pancakes. Dylan's big brother Logan enjoyed the child's portion of macaroni and cheese as a main dish. But sadly, NOONE can recall what Sue Bee's husband David Womack ordered simply because it disappeared off his plate within seconds. We then "over-shopped" at the general store while paying our separate bills. This is hands-down everyone in our group's favorite after-church service eatery! Absolutely no complaints because we all left happy and full as ticks. Bobby and I can't wait to come back!:) So 5 stars it is......
Last night was a family night out. We specifically targeted only pet-friendly establishments that were within walking distance of our house; since we brought our dog Biscotti along. First stop was:
920 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
We didn't dine there,we only had drinks. The hubs and I both ordered 2 rounds of the $5 mojitos for the happy hour special. They were sooo good.We will definitely be back for steaks and drinks next time.
Stop #2 was:
5 Napkin Burger
455 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
We had dinner here. I had the Burger Salad, and my guy had the Bacon Cheeseburger. The food was good but nothing spectacular. It was more like a 2,5- 3 Napkin deal. The prices and the aloof service does not merit 5 napkins IMO. We'll probably be back sometime in the future for takeout if the mood arises; But no hurry.
Last Stop was:
Lush South Beach
233 12th St
Miami Beach, FL 33139
We wanted to hit one more place before we headed back home. We stopped into one of our favorite dive bars for beer and pool. Nice crowd of locals on a Tuesday night. Very friendly staff and regulars. I had an Abita Purple Haze beer, while Big Gorgeous had a Red Stripe.
Top ground beef ball with both slices of sharp cheddar cheese (make sure cheese covers entire top surface of the ball).
Creat bacon weave by taking a piece of bacon and wrap it horizontally around the ground beef ball and cheese. Then take another piece of bacon and wrap it vertically around the ground beef ball and cheese. Continue this process until the entire beef ball is covered.
Take all three hot dots and cut in half. Take one of the halves for the head, and the other half cut as a triangle for the tail. For the legs cut slits for toes.
Place turtle burger on an oven rack, covered loosely with foil and bake for 20-30 minutes at 400 degrees. You will want the burger to be a little crispy, but not too crunchy… just how a turtle should be, no?
Now is the time to say that tea is sexier than coffee! With John Roth’s stylish SorapotTeapot, the default setting of one’s inclination towards coffee over tea will be changed for ever. The teapot that we are talking about is astunning littlearchitectural piecemade of stainless steel and pyrex, and is accompanied by a matching teacup.
The design is gorgeously modern because it comprises of a 304 stainless steel arch that houses a Pyrex (borosilicate) tube so that you can see the tea leaves unfurl and ripple around to create the perfect tea. In other words, for once the quiet beauty of tea is brought into focus.
. Then the rectangular base and the short spout make it easy to store. Since, Sorapot can easily handle two cups of tea, you can actually take the tea-making business out of the kitchen and on to your desk. Then again, the brewing is not affected by the componenets of the teapot.
However, there might be a little glitch. Traditional tea drinkers might find the Sorapot fiddly and too small. But you know something, it is worth a try, especially if you want to convert folks to being tea-drinkers! The price is low at $200.
Luckily there’s a book to prove it. The New Brooklyn Cookbook endeavors to bring home “the surge of culinary energy that has coursed through Brooklyn in the past decade or so, generating dozens of neighborhood restaurants, many of which have become destination restaurants,” explain authors Melissa and Bredan Vaughan. The book boasts both signature and lesser-known recipes from 31 “New Brooklyn” restaurants, as well as interviews with Brooklyn-based food entrepreneurs like the ultra-hip and ultra-bearded Mast Brothers.
Flipping through the pages of The New Brooklyn Cookbook, we found a number of hearty dishes perfect for a fall celebration dinner. See, we didn’t even call it “Thanksgiving.” That’s how hip this is going to be.
Skewer the marshmallow followed by the two caramels on the same roasting stick. Roast the marshmallow and caramels. When the caramels have melted over the top of the marshmallow, and the marshmallow is cooked to your liking, slide the concoction onto one of the apple slices. Top with the remaining apple slice.
Variation: For a cute presentation, use apple tops with stems to complete these s’mores.
From Lisa Adams’ “S’MORES: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion.” Reprinted with permission of Gibbs, Smith.