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Drunkin’ Weenies and A Brandy Slush
Drunkin’ Weenies are basically little weenies that are drunk. (I’ve personally known a few drunkin’ weenies!) All kidding aside, drunkin’ weenies are lil’ cocktail weenies simmered in a sauce made up of barbecue sauce and brandy. A lot of brandy I might add. Here in Wisconsin, we love our Brandy Old Fashions. Somewhere along the line, some brandy was added to the lil’ weenie sauce. Oh, what a shame!
Brandy Slush and a Brandy Old-Fashioned
Here in Wisconsin
On my 18th Birthday
On my 18th birthday, my family took me out to dinner at Jacks or Better. A very popular Supper Club back in the day. It was located in the small city of Little Chute WI., the city my Grandma Rose hailed from. My Grandma Rose ordered my first Brandy Old Fashioned Sweet. It came in a ‘bucket’ style glass, with a rock candy stir stick, a slice of orange and a cherry. It was delicious and strong! My Grandma also ordered my first appetizer that same evening.
Grandma Rose ordered me my first ‘Shrimp Cocktail.’ It came in a huge cocktail glass, that was served right at the bar. It was served ice cold, a sauce was poured in the middle of the glass and the large shrimp hung over the side. That night my Grandma Rose also taught me the fine art of ‘Bellying-up to the Bar.’ I practice I was actually quite good at, at one time. After dinner I had my first ‘after dinner drink’ which was a Black Russian.
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. My older sister Barb was married to their son Jeff. I proceeded to have one 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!
After a Few
I really don’t remember much after my 2rd or 3rd Harvey Wallbanger but I do remember my Grandma Rose 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 ‘hell yes’ coming from the tavern customers. That night my Grandma taught me another important lesson…
That night my Grandma Rose taught me an important lesson, a lesson I used many times after that evening. My Grandma Rose taught me that a Lady always leaves with her head held high, with a smile on her face and most importantly with her dignity…no matter how drunk she is:) In the morning, you might groan when you think of the antics from the night before but at least you can say you walked out on your own two feet! (Barely)
Some Downtown History
“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 was during the time when the legal drinking age was 18 in WI. The lucky or not so luck 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.
Birthday Walk from Hell
The lucky or not so 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, this was definitely a feat. We are talking about a drink or shot at each place. The beverages 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:) Another tradition that we partake in, here in Wisconsin, occurs during the holiday season. A favorite holiday drink is often consumed and the name of that alcoholic drink is called a Tom and Jerry. Read all about it here~Tom and Jerry Holiday Drink
- 1 bottle
barbecue sauce, your favorite
- 1/2 cup
- 1/4 cup
- 1/4 cup
- 2 tablespoons
- 2 tablespoons
- 1 cup
- 2 (14 oz each) packages
little weenies or little smokies
- In a large crock pot mix together; barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, liquid smoke, hot sauce and brandy.
- Add little weenies or smokies.
- Cook on high 3 to 4 hours.
- Turn to low to keep warm.
(Apricot) Brandy Slush
- 11 cups
- 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
- 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.
- In a large bowl mix; lemonade, limeade and orange juice concentrate with water. Add apricot brandy and mix together, add tea, stir.
- Pour mixture into an empty and clean 5 quart ice cream pail, freeze.
- 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.
Have a few friends over for the holidays? Why not serve another classic, Holiday Wassail in Crock Pot
Brandy Old Fashioned (per drink)
- 2 to 3 dashes
- 1 thin slice
- 2 ounces
- seven up
orange slice, maraschino cherry, rock candy stir stick
- 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.
- Garnish with an orange slice, maraschino cherry and rock candy stir stick.