Summer Sangria

Back in April, the Spring Fling was offered up as a warmer weather cocktail.  The even warmer weather of June, and the summer party season, means it is time to scale-up production.  A lovely, fruity and cool pitcher of sangria is just the thing.  Whether you prefer the classic red wine sangria or white wine sangria, there is a variation for you.  Below is a white whine sangria recipe using Moscato and no added sugar.

Summer Sangria

  • 1 magnum bottle Moscato
  • 1/3 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/3 cup apple schnapps
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, diced and sprinkled with cinnamon.
  • 1 nectarine, diced
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Ice cubes
  • Club soda

Add all the ingredients to a large pitcher, cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.  To serve, add ice to glasses, then sangria.  Finish off with a splash of club soda and a bit of fruit from the pitcher. Enjoy!

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QBCBC 46: König Pilsener

The Quest for the Best Cheap Beer in a Can continues, episode 46: König Pilsener. The QBCBC archive is here.

This German import has been around since 1516 so they must be doing something right, right? Also, what makes this beer extra awesome is that the kid at the cash register of the grocery store where I got it couldn’t get it to scan, so he said fuck it and entered in misc grocery item for $1.00. Score! Should have went back bought them out of it!

% Alcohol: 4.9

Price: $6.99/4 16.9 oz. cans = $1.24/12 oz. can

Punch: 4.9%/$1.24=3.95

Color: Golden with a steady stream of bubbles, even after 10-1 min.

Aroma: Very fruity, a hint of peaches, with a slight malt.

First Sip: Bright bitterness, crisp, pleasant to taste initially.

Aftertaste: Dry bittnerness develops and sticks around on the back of the tongue.  Loses its pleasantness after a short while, but never offensive.

Overall: First, this is a German beer. If you don’t know what that means, the Germans know a fucking thing or two about beer. It outclasses american canned beer by far. Of course, being an import it is a bit expensive and there are comparable beers by taste that are cheaper or have higher alcohol content. This makes a good summer/fall beer I think.

Score: 7/10

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Why I’m Drinking Tonight: Little Things Matter.

Things I would like:

*If I never had to plan my route through my workplace based on which security guard is assigned to guard the escalator, for fear of an encounter that leaves me feeling disgusted and like I should be wearing a burka.
*If I could have a >50% chance of making it through the week without an inappropriate comment about my appearance or witnessing an inappropriate comment about another woman’s appearance.
*If I didn’t have to worry about staying late at work and being alone in a hallway in what is ostensibly an extremely secure building.

And most importantly,
*If the people whose job it is to listen to such complaints would actually do a damn thing about them.
*If the other men who witness these things didn’t give the harassers a free-pass because they’re “just that kind of guy”, or “that was just a little thing. You shouldn’t worry about it.”

It still amazes me how few people see these as problems. While each one taken separately really is just a minor annoyance, when you add them all together, these little bits and pieces of annoyance add up to a big, big problem. A problem that affects how a woman who deals with them is both perceived and perceives herself. Things that originally just caused them to roll their eyes become the many reasons why a woman can begin to wonder just how much she wants to take, just how much she’s willing to push for what she wants and knows is right.

These little problems are so little that it makes you feel petty and silly to complain, and you know it will make you look just as silly and petty if you do. However, they’re so constant and present that you feel like you’re doing as much harm to yourself by not complaining as you will do to your reputation (and possibly your career) if you do.

Yes, each piece can be brushed off with ease, but just like with physical friction, the continual brushing rubs a spot raw in the psyche. This raw spot remains and grows bigger and will continue to cause minor irritations and minor pains all the while masking an infection slowly eating away at even the strongest women.

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QBCBC 45: King Cobra

The Quest for the Best Cheap Beer in a Can continues, episode 45: King Cobra. The QBCBC archive is here.

This beer just sounds badass. I’ve usually only seen it in 40s, but lately seeing sold in 16 oz. cans in 6-packs.

% Alcohol: 6.0

Price: $4.47/6 16 oz. cans = $0.56/12 oz. can

Punch: 6.0%/$0.56=10.71

Color: Pissin’ yeller.

Aroma: Has a stale, skunked sort of foul aroma, reminds me of something like a Bud Light.

First Sip: Not horrible. In fact my wife preferred it to the Yuengling I gave her earlier. Tastes a bit stronger, not quite watered down like Bud Light or Miller Lite.

Aftertaste: Only a very short crisp bitterness develops.

Overall: Let’s be honest. This shit is dirt cheap for a 6 percenter. You will accomplish nothing but getting shitfaced if you succumb to the venom of King Cobra.

Score: 5/10

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QBCBC 44: Modus Hoperandi

The Quest for the Best Cheap Beer in a Can continues, episode 44: Modus Hoperandi from the Ska Brewing Co. The QBCBC archive is here.

The idea of this beer BLOWS. Me. AWAY. An IPA in a motherfuckingcan! Has the lord answered my prayers? I might become born again in the light of his noodly appendage after this.

% Alcohol: 6.8

Price: $8.99/6 12 oz. cans = $1.50/12 oz. can

Punch: 6.8%/$1.50=4.53

Color: Very brown, caramel-y.

Aroma: Sweet, delicious hops.

First Sip: Nice and hoppy, but not overbearingly so. Hints of caramel and citrus, like orange rind.

Aftertaste: Bitterness develop, but end in a slight caramel-y overtone.

Overall: I have one word for this beer: EPIC. I love it. I wish it were cheaper, but the taste is very nice.

Score: 10/10

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QBCBC 43: Blue Moon

The Quest for the Best Cheap Beer in a Can continues, episode 43: Blue Moon. The QBCBC archive is here.

Dudes, going to be honest with you all here. This is Blue Moon is a fucking can. This sort of blows my mind. I saw this at Walmart, first time ever seeing Blue Moon in a can. I’ve gotten it off tap and many times in a bottle. But a fucking wheat beer in a can. WOAH. I am most curious if the canning process runs it though.

% Alcohol: 5.4

Price: $13.79/12 12 oz. cans = $1.15/12 oz. can

Punch: 5.4%/$1.15=4.70

Color: Orange and cloudy. Not clear at all, very hefeweizenish.

Aroma: Sweet and citrusy.

First Sip: Wheaty and with that slight citrus note, slgihtly less sweet on the tongue than in the aroma.

Aftertaste: The sweetness develops on the back of the tongue. The aftertaste lingers a little bit but is not very bitter.

Overall: When comparing this to your typical shitty lager or ale, it not that bad. But that is an unfair comparison since Blue Moon is brewed and marketed (rightly so, but quality has definitely fallen in the couple years) as a step above the rest. A sort of mass-produced Belgian-style (though not really…) Wheat Ale. The fact that you can get this shit in a can is pretty amazing though. Brings into a whole other realm. In the realm of can beers (with the Exception of Oskar Blues Brewing Co. which I can’t find down here) this is pretty top notch crap. I’d like to compare it bottled versions of Blue Moon someday. I often Blue Moon on draught to be very disappointing.

Score: 7/10

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QBCBC 42: Jeremiah Weed Roadhouse Tea

The Quest for the Best Cheap Beer in a Can continues, episode 42: Jeremiah Weed Roadhouse Tea. The QBCBC archive is here.

I don’t know what the fuck this shit is. I saw it Walmart and in my quest to find something I haven’t tried before so that I can continue my Quest (its about the fucking journey guys…) I decided “hey, self, it contains alcohol and is in a goddamn can. WIN!”

% Alcohol: 5.8

Price: $7.79/6 12 oz. cans = $1.30/12 oz. can

Punch: 5.8%/$1.30=4.46

Color: Orange amber.

Aroma: Has a sort of water-downed Firefly smell to it. Which if you don’t know what I’m talking about you are either retarded or not from the South, possibly both. Its like good ole southern sweet tea infused with vodka. Except in this case it smells like sweet tea infused with a very light beer.

First Sip: You get the feeling that there is sweet tea in there but it really just tastes a cheap college bopper non-beer malt beverage. Very sweet. Goes down nicely, but artificial tasting

Aftertaste: Leaves the middle to back of the tongue slightly dry.

Overall: I don’t fucking know. Its different, not great. But I can see this being highly pleasurable after a hard day of yardwork in the summer. Not sure I would buy it again, but would certainly drink it again.

Score: 6/10

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