Our son has decided that he wants to create mixed drinks. He has been looking up a variety of recipes online. Not the alcoholic type of beverage mind you. Instead, he wants to make sodas.
So I ended up buying a couple of bottles of flavored syrup for him. As well as some pumps. Then I bought some more that I thought sounded tasty. There’s a couple of flavors in there that may taste good in coffee or hot chocolate this autumn/ winter.
My wife thinks it’s funny that the lime and coconut flavors showed up together. Our son is going to attempt to make some Italian Sodas over the next while. As well as some DisneyLand inspired drinks. I’m looking forward to tasting the concoctions. Perhaps he can be a better jerk than he is most days.
This weekend our two teenagers went off to Vancouver to attend Anirevo (an anime convention). So my wife and I had the place to ourselves.
And we goofed off.
We played in the pool for hours- splashing and laughing with a few drinks inside of us. We lounged in the gazebo (which we have now dubbed “The Cabana”) and had some fantastic dinners together. It was like having our own private oasis on vacation together. These past couple of days has us realizing that becoming “Empty Nesters” won’t be so bad.
I’m really happy that my wife and I can do these things together. It feels as though we didn’t really have much time to date before we jumped into parenthood 20 years ago. So we are making up for it now.
I do enjoy going for beers at almost any Craft Brewery. I have written about these adventures on numerous occasions. But at home I rarely buy good beer. I go for the cheapest cans and don’t care about the quality.
I also enjoy having a drink or two of some flavored liquors. At Christmas, I love having my Booze Tree up. It warms my insides.
Last weekend I discovered my favorite booze at the local liquor store that just opened. I had first found this during our visit to Shelter Point Distillery back in August 2017. I loved “Barrel of Sunshine” so much, I bought home three bottles of it. Boy does it go down smooth, let me tell you. In fact, I actually get myself stumbling off of it. Anyone who has had some with me knows of this fact. I’m holding off on cracking this bottle until my birthday in a few weeks.
In the mean time, I have found a tasty way to make a White Russian. I got inspired while watching “Russian Doll” on Netflix. I figured it’d be a good drink to have while binging tv. We have had a bottle of Van Gogh Espresso Vodka in our freezer for a few years and rarely sipped on it. It was a lovely little kick added to the coffee flavor from the Kahlúa. Plus it meant I didn’t need ice because it was already chilled.
I’m on the lookout now for a drink called “After Shock”. It’s a cinnamon Liqueur, but at the bottom of the bottle is sugar crystals that absorb the alcohol and make for a sweet, boozy snack once the bottle is done. Mmmmm boozy sugar…
Any special drinks you enjoy? Or can you find After Shock for me?
I turned legal drinking age March 1995. This meant I could go to the clubs and bars without much hassle. This gave me a chance to rock out my killer dance moves… Of which I had none.
A few beers into me, and I’d bust a move. Poorly. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s MTV generation- where songs came with dances. People did their best to mimic and copy them. I more enjoyed memorizing song lyrics. This has come in handy on long road trips when we listened to Sirius XM 90’s On 9…
The one song that has stuck with me is “Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex. It came out the year I was 19. It kinda became my theme song as I started to hit the bar scene. A catchy song that everyone can sing along to. Even my kids sing along to it these days.
As for dance moves- easy. Just dance like a Hillbilly. Do some square dancing or swing your legs and arms wildly. With my long legs and arms, I could look like this:
Everyone looked at drunken me as such a clown anyways. Lately, I’ve been tempted to go for dance lessons with my wife. We don’t go to nightclubs, but perhaps some ballroom dancing. I think it could be fun. Who knows, maybe one day we will.
Friday night I picked up four bottles of “Clearly Canadian” from a 7-11 store. I used to drink these back in grade 10/11 in the early 90’s. I think most teens at the time drank them as well. I wanted to taste them again and have my children to try these drinks.
The bottling is the same as it once was. I really liked this fact. Cracking open each bottle, the smells were familiar. The tastes were exactly the same. Which meant- they weren’t that good…
Nope. I now remember not liking these very much. The flavors are extremely artificial tasting and far too sweet for a bottle sparkling water. Even my children commented about how they tasted like different candies as they sampled each one.
In the end, my memory of these drinks was muddled to say the least. I remember heading to the local convenience store by my high school and buying them on occasion. Usually because a girl I was with wanted one. As a teen boy, I tried to impress a girl by trying to like what she liked. But my memory of the taste eluded me until I sampled them again. I can honestly say, never again. (To both the drinks and trying to impress someone.)
I should’ve learned my lesson two years ago when I bought a Crystal Pepsi. That was my 90’s drink which had vanished and reappeared briefly. It too was not amazing in any way. Just a gimmicky idea praying on my nostalgia. I do love my Sodas though.
I need to stop buying into this. All I can say is that Orbitz better not hit the shelves again… they weren’t very good. Although we all know I’d have to buy it.
I love drinking soda pop. I always have. Pop is the best. Kim Mitchell agrees:
Sugary sweet carbonated beverages. Mmmm so bad for my teeth and my stomach. But I don’t care. Delicious flavors flow over my palette. I don’t have a favorite. They’re all my favorite.
Throw in some ice cream and you have a beautiful treat. Drink it in a soda shoppe just to enjoy the experience.
When I was younger, I could go to the corner store and buy a 750ml glass bottle of Pepsi or Coke. My parents went to a local place called “Pick-A-Pop” where the flavors were basic but super sweet. The lime and the orange flavor were far too candy tasting. I fell in love with cream soda and root beer as a youngster. I miss “The Pop Shoppe“.
We now carbonate our own water and add flavor to it. I love the cream soda, but my kids hate it. They like the pink grapefruit, lemon/lime, and watermelon flavors. It’s not the same as buying a glass bottle. But making soda at home has brought joy to my kids.
Our local microbrewery celebrated it’s second birthday yesterday. My son and I were first in line yesterday to get in. (When they opened two years ago, I was second in line.) I enjoy going to the Trading Post every couple of weeks. It’s a great atmosphere where I can meet up with friends and share a story or two. Yesterday was no different.
Being the first to arrive meant I could sit anywhere I wanted. So I chose a spot upstairs, as we usually do. Their Birthday beer was especially tasty. And I ended up having a couple. Lots of photos and social media sharing went on with everyone inside.
We were also given a special Two Year Stein to take home afterwards. Once I was home, my wife decided that she wanted to go out for a beer as well. A couple hours later, I returned to the Trading Post and had another beer.
As the sun began to go down, some live music started up. My wife and I enjoyed our date, but knew it was time to head home. We had to pick up our daughter from work and make dinner. My time at the brewery came to an end. Good thing as well. Three tall beers throughout the afternoon hit me pretty good considering I skipped lunch.
Having a fun day seeing friends, followed by a nice drink with my wife was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Some good memories have been had at this place over the past two years. I hope for many more to come.