Sunday, September 25, 2011

CSI:Miami Drinking Game!

Okay, ready for the season premiere of CSI:Miami?

Get your drinks ready, we're playing the CSI:Miami drinking game!

CSI Miami Drinking Game

Take a swig when..

  •     David Caruso delivers a ridiculously dramatic line, most often directly before the theme song
  •     Any known cliche is quoted or misquoted by any character
  •     The medical examiner talks to a corpse
  •     Delco juts his jaw in anger
  •     The first time (per outfit) any character is wearing white pants
  •     David Caruso turns his head from left to right (or vice-versa) without lifting his chin
  •     Anytime the camera zooms inside someone's body
  •     Any completely ridiculous use of technology aka "air DNA", unrealistic GPS use, etc.
  •     David Caruso is overly paternal to a victim (extra drink if he calls them "son")
  •     A CSI agent has knowledge that is key and coincidental yet, out of their believable realm of knowledge. i.e knowing from a shoe imprint that the shoe is no longer in production- or how to speak Chinese-or where some mud is from based upon a photograph etc:
  •     Horatio is referred to as "H"
  •     Anyone completely admits to a crime after less than 3 questions from a CSI. (bonus drink for being without a lawyer)
  •     Gratuitous bikini shot (extra swig if it's on a boat)
  •     Horatio puts on or takes off his sunglasses
  •     Horatio cleans his sunglasses
  •     Team member runs from exploding meth lab/car/whatever.
  •     Team does slow-motion Jerry Bruckheimer walk down beach.
  •     Delco and Wolfe have one of their "macho" tiffs.
  •     A team member's relative is in danger. (If relative dies, drink whole beverage.)
  •     Horatio gives business card to victim and says, "If you ever need anything, I want you to call me." (If victim is a recently orphaned child, drink whole beverage.)
  •     Horatio shows them FBI guys a thing or two 'cause he's just too darn cool for school. (If the FBI thanks Horatio and he still insists on acting like a smarmy jerk, drink whole beverage.)
  •     Anytime Horatio refers to Ryan as "Mr. Wolfe".

Chug an entire drink when..

  •     Horatio is able to deliver a complete line with his head entirely upright
  •     Whenever there is a montage of forensic science set to music with no dialogue
  •     Team member is suspect in case.
  •     A main character dies. (That means someone featured in the opening credits of the show.) 
 Happy Watching!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Strawberry Mint Mojito

TIFF is almost wrapped up for this year, and a good time was had by all!

My daughter went to see Madonna's debut of W.E., a story of a woman in 1998 who is infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson.

She was able to catch a glimpse of Madonna live and was impressed with how gracious she was. (Unlike the bizarre reports of her making people look at the wall.. - do you remember when the news reported facts instead of gossip?)

All this excitement calls for a drink, does it not? Before we Canadians get into our fall and winter fare, we need to celebrate the end of summer for as long as possible.

Strawberry Mint Mojito

This refreshing and sweet cocktail is perfect for a summer day, bridal shower or late weekend brunch.



1 1/2 tablespoons mint-infused simple syrup
3 large strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
5 fresh mint leaves, more for garnish
1.5 ounces (3 tablespoons) white rum
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup club soda
Mint-infused simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves


In a small bowl or glass, muddle the simple syrup, strawberries, and fresh mint leaves until just fragrant. Add a handful of ice to an old-fashioned glass. Pour the strawberry mixture over the ice. Pour in the white rum and lime juice. Add the club soda. Gently stir the drink. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve immediately.

Syrup: In a small saucepan, combine water and sugar and bring to the boil. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and pour syrup over mint leaves. Infuse for 20 minutes. Strain and discard mint and store syrup in the refrigerator.

Makes 1 drink

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Achievers Enjoy Russians...The Black and White Variety

I’m an achiever ….that’s right. So is my husband and son. A house of achievers. What on earth am I blathering about now…..well, we are fans of the movie The Big Lebowski.

Actually, pretty much anything written by the Coen Brothers – love their movies. One thing you can count on seeing repeatedly in The Big Lebowski is a Caucasian, firmly plugged into The Dude’s hand, his mustache dripping with the White Russian’s creamy goodness every sip he takes. We watched it again a few nights back and, as usual, howled through the scenes, throwing back a couple of white and a couple of black Russians.

[being forced into a limousine]
The Dude: Hey, careful, man, there's a beverage here!

White Russian (also called a Caucasian): 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur (such as Kahlúa) and 1 part cream. Served with ice in a low ball glass.

Black Russian: 2 parts vodka, 1 part coffee liqueur Served with ice in a low ball glass. (Just leave out the cream)

*We actually use half-n-half

This movie is obviously not for everyone….we all have different tastes, and I know the F-Bomb offends some. If that’s the case, take a pass on the movie but by all means, mix up a nice Caucasian sometime and relax. Don’t worry about the calories because …you just can’t when you make a few of these.

The Dude: Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

If you'd like to read more Lewbowski related info check me out at Squirrel Head Manor.