Recipe: Professor’s Poisoned Apple

Halloween and all of its festivities are nearly upon us, so I thought it would be fun to find a Halloween-themed cocktail that is made with whisky. Notice, that’s whisky without the ‘e’ (Scotch). Because as much as I adore bourbon, I’m pretty much all about Scotland here!

I discovered this particular recipe on a site called Gastronom. The web site is run by an American couple named Jay and Leah, who love all things cocktails. Some of their recipes are pretty interesting! It’s a great resource if you are looking to try something a bit different. And that’s exactly what today’s recipe is. The “Professor’s Poisoned Apple” calls for Laphroaig, an Islay whisky that is made by drying malted barley over a peat fire, giving it its distinctive smoky taste of the island. The Scotch is combined with Amaretto, cranberry juice, apple cider, and bitters, creating a truly distinctive new flavor that isn’t dominated by any one of its ingredients. It is, for sure, an eclectic blend of tastes, but those tastes go surprisingly well together to create a flavor of fall.

Jay and Leah suggest the optional addition of dry ice as a way to really create a fun, atmospheric experience. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any on quick notice, but it would be neat to try it one day. You can see what it looks like by clicking the embedded link above. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

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Whisky Meets Tequila – The Transatlantic Romance Continues

It was another serendipitous find for me and Mr. C. By the way, you can thank him for the silly title. 😉

Thanks to our mutual craving for margaritas one recent Saturday, we accidentally stumbled upon this latest offering from Don Julio while buying our tequila.

A little over a year ago, Don Julio released their first limited edition, a Reposado finished in barrels that had previously held Buchanan’s blended Scotch. I wrote about it here. Well, if I was excited about that one, then this year’s edition has me positively giddy. Why, you ask? One word.

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Invergarry Castle

I am so glad it’s finally fall. It’s my favorite season. Although we are still in the throes of a long, hot, dry summer here in Virginia, there is promise on the horizon. There is a perceptible change in the light as the days begin to shorten. Mornings are cooler and the trees are beginning to show a little color. I have to remind myself that it won’t be long before the heat will finally yield, giving way to those wonderful, crisp, sweater wearing days of autumn.

Anyway, I have been on a short two week break from blogging but today I am back and excited to share with you a very cool castle ruin.

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Traffic Jam in Aberdeenshire

This was such a fun moment for me. We were traveling through Aberdeenshire, Scotland when we came upon this shepherd and his trusty canine companion moving their flock from one pasture to another. It’s a hundred of these wonderful little Scottish moments that stick with me the most.

I am going to take a short media break for the remainder of September, but I will anxiously look forward to seeing you all again in just a few short weeks!

xo,

Me & Mr. C

Twenty-five years ago today a lovely young girl married a delightful young boy in the living room of his parents’ home. The boy and girl (because that’s really what they were) had been just friends until one day they decided they were in love and wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. They planned a small wedding and four months later, the boy and the girl became one.

They were a perfect match.

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Old Packhorse Bridge

It’s Friday again! I can’t believe it. I also can’t believe it’s nearly September. And fall. Bring it on. Anyway, hope ya’ll have had a nice week. Oops-sorry, my Oklahoma roots just popped out for a sec. Well, better that than my gray roots, I suppose. 🙂

Today I want to show you Old Packhorse Bridge. This pretty bridge is located in the village of Carrbridge, just off of the A938 in the Cairngorms National Park.

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The Day I Broke My Internet

Oh Heaven help me. I am just not made for technical stuff. Suffice it to say, it’s been a rough week blog-wise. A week full of me trying to be independent and proactive and trying to figure out complicated things on my own, all culminating with me accidentally deleting my site from the internet and ending up in tears on the phone with Mr. C while he was at work. Did I mention I’m not made for technical stuff?

When I began this blog two years ago, I pretty much just plunged in head first, figuring things out as I went. By trial and error and within a short period of time, I had what I thought was a pretty nice looking site set up and running. I was anxious to begin writing and that’s what I have happily been doing since. All was right in my blogging world. Until…

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Wee Sweet Faces

Following each of our trips to Scotland, I like to create a coffee table photo book as a way to both commemorate our adventures and to share the highlights of our trips with others. Today I thought it would be fun to share with you a page from the book I am currently working on. It’s just a little snapshot of some of the wee sweet feathered and furry faces we met when we were there this past May. Cuties all of them. 🙂

Have a terrific week, everyone. I’ll see you again soon.