November 18, 2012

Drunkin' Weenies and a Brandy Slush~

On the Menu Today~
Brandy Old Fashioned
Harvey Wallbanger
Apricot Brandy Slush
Black Russian
Drunkin' Weenies~

Drunkin' Weenies, Apricot Brandy Slush and a
Brandy Old-Fashioned.

If you are from Wisconsin,
You are familiar with a Brandy Old-Fashioned and
You are definitely familiar with Drunkin' Weenies!

Today's recipes use Brandy, a Wisconsin Favorite.

Here in Wisconsin we love a good ol' Brandy Old-Fashioned.
It's a drink that our Grandparents drank and our Parents drink
It's a drink that you'll most likely drink when you become of legal drinking age.
A Brandy Old-Fashioned will be the first drink,
Your grand-parents or parents order for you.
It's a tradition here in Wisconsin...
Your rite of passage into adulthood

Brandy Old-Fashioned
was the first alcoholic drink I ever drank....
On my 18th birthday,
My family took me out to dinner at Jacks or Better.
A very popular restaurant at the time,
Located in the small city of Little Chute WI.
My Grandma Rose ordered my first Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet.
It came with a rock candy stir stick and
It was delicious!
My Grandma also ordered my first appetizer that same evening.
A "Shrimp Cocktail" that you ate right at the bar.
It came in a huge cocktail glass.....
That night, my Grandma Rose also taught me the fine art of
"Bellying-up to the Bar"

After dinner I had my first "after dinner drink"
A Black Russian.
Still one of my favorite "cocktails."
My family and I then headed to downtown Appleton WI
To a little tavern called "Jim's Place."
*"Jim's Place" was owned and operated by Jim and Carmen Mullins
Who happen to be my brother-in-law Jeff, parents
I proceeded to have several of their "House Specialty"
Drinks.. a Harvey Wallbanger
Made with the owners "secret ingredient"...
Harvey Wallbanger is the perfect name for this very tasty drink....
Because it packs a punch!
I really don't remember much after my 3rd Harvey Wallbanger
But I do remember my Grandma yelling to the bartender,
"Bartender, buy the bar another round!"
"I'm going to drink all you fella's under the table!"
I could barely hear the jukebox playing, "Keep it Coming Love"
Above all the cheers, clapping and
Shouts of Yee Haw from the tavern customers.

That night my Grandma taught me another important lesson
A lesson I used many times after that evening....
A Lady leaves with her head held high
A smile on her face and
Her matter how drunk she is:)

*History of Downtown~
"Jim's Place" was either at the beginning or
At the end of the famous "Death March"
This depended on where you started the
"Death March"
The "Death March" was a march you did
On your 18th Birthday...this during the time
When the legal drinking age was 18 in WI
The Lucky Birthday boy or girl
Marched up one side of College Ave
Then crossed the street and
Proceeded to March down the other side of the street
The lucky birthday boy or girl
Went into every tavern
Located on College Ave and
Had a "shot" or "drink" at each establishment.
At that time, there were many, many
Taverns located in downtown Appleton.
Plus the fact that
College Ave is at least 20 blocks long...
We are talking about
Drinks or shots were usually on the "house"
For the lucky or unlucky birthday boy or girl.
With the change in the way people consume
Alcohol and changes in drinking laws,
This rite of passage into adulthood
Is no longer in practice:)

To find out more about this Wisconsin Classic~ Brandy Old-Fashioned

Another Wisconsin tradition is: The Friday Night Fish Fry....
A Brandy Old-Fashioned and a Friday Night Fish Fry......
The two just go together~

Drunkin' Weenies

  • 1 bottle barbecue sauce, your favorite
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 2 (14 oz each) packages little weenies or little smokies
Cooking Directions
  1. In a large crock pot mix together; barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, liquid smoke, hot sauce and brandy. Add little weenies or smokies.
  2. Cook on high 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Turn to low to keep warm.

Apricot Brandy Slush

  • 4 tea bags
  • 11 cups water
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (12 oz) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2 cups apricot brandy
  • lemon-lime soda
Cooking Directions
  1. Place tea bags in a small bowl. Bring 2 cups water to a boil, pour over tea bags, let seep for 5 to 8 minutes, discard tea bags.
  2. In a large bowl mix; lemonade, limeade and orange juice concentrate with water. Add apricot brandy and mix together, add tea, stir.
  3. Pour mixture into an empty and clean 5 quart ice cream pail, freeze.
  4. When ready to serve: Fill a tall glass 3/4 full with slush mixture (Scoop slush out with an ice cream scoop) Add lemon-lime soda or 50/50 to slush in the glass, stir and serve.

Brandy Old Fashioned (per drink)

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 to 3 dashes bitters
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1 thin slice orange
  • 2 ounces brandy
  • seven up soda pop
  • Garnish: orange slice, maraschino cherry, rock candy stir stick
Cooking Directions
  1. In an old-fashioned glass, add one sugar cube, add 2-3 dashes of bitters. Let sugar soak in the bitters for a few minutes. Add 2 maraschino cherries and one thin slice of orange, muddle together. Add ice cubes, 2 oz Brandy and 7-up. Stir.
  2. Garnish with an orange slice, maraschino cherry and rock candy stir stick.

Harvey Wallbanger (per drink)

  • 3 measures vodka
  • 8 measures orange juice
  • 2 measures beer
  • 2 teaspoons galliano liqueur
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1 orange slice
Cooking Directions
  1. Half fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the vodka, orange juice and beer over the ice cubes. Float galliano on top. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange.
  2. Serves one

Black Russian (per drink)

  • 2 measures vodka
  • 1 measure coffee liqueur
  • 1 measure coke soda
  • 4 to 6 ice cubes
Cooking Directions
  1. Pour the vodka, coffee liqueur and coke over ice cubes in a small chilled glass. 
  2. Stir to mix.

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