Posts Tagged ‘Batman’

Batman, the Pony Express, & Sleepin’ Late – All Noble Aspirations!

October 24, 2013

I’ll explain shortly, but first;

–          Today in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.  An odd thing to celebrate, but these photographs always put things in perspective for me.

–          At the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Houdini gave his last performance today in 1926.

–          On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel – on her 63rd birthday! Annie certainly knew how to show herself a good time.

We have birthdays today!

–          It’s a big day for “big” singers. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1913) and the Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson (1930) were both born today. “Hello Bay-bee!”

–          Other musicians share this birthday; bluesman Sonny Terry (1911) and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936).

–          From the world of the stage; playwright Moss Hart (1904) and actor Kevin Kline (1947) were born today. Mr. Hart will give us our quote of the day; “So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o’clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience.”

–          The creator of Batman, cartoonist Bob Kane was born today in 1915. I suppose his quote of the day would be something like; “Wham! Zap! Biff!”

Drink 4cast 4 2day

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States was completed. This pretty well spelled the end of the Pony Express. But before it goes, let’s celebrate it with a

Pony Express Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey

¾ oz. White Tea Liqueur

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

Ride’em cowboy!

Cheers!

Roger

10/24/13.

No Taxes! Ever!!

November 16, 2012

It was clearly settled today in 1308.

French King Charles VI declared no taxes for ever. What’s the French for “Read my lips”?

It’s Icelandic Language Day!

How do you say that in Icelandic? All of you out there who can speak Icelandic (I admit mine’s a bit rusty) – this is your day to flaunt it.

Also, the musical “The Sound of Music” opened on Broadway today in 1959. Keep climbin’ every mountain!

Birthdays? Yes, we have ‘em.

–          Playwright, critic, and all-around wicked wit George S. Kaufman was born today in 1889. Reputedly, Mr. Kaufman was reviewing a play one evening and left the theatre during the intermission, went across the street to the Western Union Office (remember those?), and sent the following telegram to the lead actor in the show; “AM WATCHING THE PLAY FROM THE BACK OF THE HOUSE WISH YOU WERE HERE”. Man…that’s cold.

–          Character actor Clu Gulager (1928) shares this birthday with baseball’s Dwight Gooden (1964).

–          We could put together a rousing version of “Happy Birthday” today. Classical composer Paul Hindemith (1895) and blues composer W. C. Handy (1873) could collaborate on the arrangement. Dixieland legend Eddie Condon (1905) could play it and Diana Krall (1964) could sing it. How do you say “tres cool” in Icelandic?

Drink 4cast 4 2day

Actor and wine lover Burgess Meredith was born today in 1907. Mr. Meredith, quite a serious actor, will probably be most-remembered for his surreal portrayal of Batman’s nemesis, the Penguin. We’ll let that inspire our daily libation.

Flying Penguin Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Opulent Vodka

1 ½ oz. Ron Diaz Rum

1 ½ oz. Royal James Gin

1 splash Angostura Bitters

5 oz. pink grapefruit juice

1 ½ oz. sugar syrup

Pour the vodka, rum, and gin into a highball glass over two ice cubes

Add the Angostura and stir.

Add the grapefruit juice and sugar syrup.

Slice a fresh lime into a slice approximately ½ inch wide.

Cut in half, squeezing one half directly into the drink and drop the squeezed half in the drink.

Garnish with the unsqueezed half.

Vinsamlegast framhja fiskinn filet.

That’s “Please pass the fish filet” in Icelandic (prove that it’s not!).

Cheers!

Roger

11/16/12.

Hey! It IS Round!

October 24, 2012

–          Today in 1946, a camera on board the V-2 No. 13 rocket took the first photograph of Earth from outer space.  An odd thing to celebrate, but these photographs always put things in perspective for me.

–          At the Garrick Theatre in Detroit, Michigan, Harry Houdini gave his last performance today in 1926.

–          On this day in 1901, Annie Edson Taylor became the first person to go over the Niagara Falls in a barrel – on her 63rd birthday! Annie certainly knew how to show a girl a good time.

We have birthdays today!

–          It’s a big day for “big” singers. Operatic baritone Tito Gobbi (1913) and the Big Bopper, J. P. Richardson (1930) were both born today. “Hello Bay-bee!”

–          Other musicians share this birthday; bluesman Sonny Terry (1911) and Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936).

–          From the world of the stage; playwright Moss Hart (1904) and actor Kevin Kline (1947) were born today.

–          The creator of Batman, cartoonist Bob Kane was born today in 1915. Wham! Zap! Biff!

Drink 4cast 4 2day

On this day in 1861, the first transcontinental telegraph line across the United States was completed. This pretty well spelled the end of the Pony Express. But before it gallops into the sunset, let’s celebrate it with a

Pony Express Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Sazerac Rye Whiskey

¾ oz. White Tea Liqueur

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

½ oz. Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients, stir and garnish with a lemon peel.

Ride’em cowboy!

Cheers!

Roger

10/14/12.

Wham! Biff!! Sock!!!

April 25, 2012

Batman appeared for the first time in Detective Comics #27 today in 1939. Zap! Crunch!! Pow!!!

Scat! Croon!! Wail!!!

The queen of singers Ella Fitzgerald was born today in 1917. Every song she sang, good, bad, great, or indifferent was made better by her attentions. Why this is not a national holiday evades me.

Flap! Snap!! Flutter!!!

It’s Flag Day in the Faroe Islands.

Drink 4cast 4 2day

It’s Red Hat Society Day! Let’s celebrate with a;

Red Hat “Scarlet Floozie” Vodka Martini

2 oz. Grays Peak Vodka

2 oz. Maraschino Cherry Juice

2 oz. Cranberry Juice

½ oz. Lemon Juice

1 thin slice of Lemon for garnish

1 to 3 slices of Red Radish for garnish

Mix! Serve!! Have another!!!

Cheers!

Roger

4/25/2012.

Holy Argh-h-h, Batman!

September 19, 2011

It’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

I guess that has to be our Drink 4cast 4 2day.

Pirate’s Kiss Cocktail

1 ½ oz. Ron Diaz Dark Rum

1 oz. Lime Juice

1 dash Angostura Bitters

5 oz. Polar Tonic Water

2 ice cubes

Put it all in a tumbler big enough to hold everything.

But there’s got to be more;

–         “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” debuted today in 1970 on CBS. “A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.”

–         Today in 1778, the Continental Congress passed the first budget of the United States. I wonder if it was on time?

–         Scott Fahlman posted the first documented emoticons on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System. Language? We don’t need no stinkin’ language!

And surely there are some birthdays?

–         Television’s Batman, Adam West was born today in 1928.

–         Baseball greats Joe Morgan (1943) and Duke Snider (1926) share this birthday.

–         Also in 1926, Actor’s Studio interviewer deluxe James Lipton was born.

–         Singers Mama Cass Elliot (1941), David Bromberg (1945) and Brook Benton (1931) could all sing happy birthday today.

Yo-ho, yo-ho, a pirate’s life for me!

Cheers,

Roger

9/19/11.

Why Celebrate Today? 1/12/2009

January 12, 2009

Btms^ for January 12. On this date in…

1930  —  Glenn Yarbrough (singer – “Baby the Rain Must Fall”) born.

Yarbrough was a member of “The Limeliters”. A toast with a “Limelighter”! Here’s the recipe:  2 oz Denaka vodka, 1 oz melon liqueur, a splash of grapefruit juice – stir well with ice cubes & strain into a cocktail glass and enjoy!

1856  —  John Singer Sargent (portrait artist) born.

From one great artist to another, how about salute to Sargent with a Martini made with Van Gogh Vodka?

1967 — ” Batman” TV series premieres on ABC-TV.

Celebrate the caped crusader’s TV premiere with a Sheltowee “Gloomsucker” beer! Like Batman and Robin, the Gloomsucker Turtle wears a mask and a cape; his mission: to rid your day of Gloom, of course!    

1971  —  “All in the Family” premieres.

A toast to the Bunker family with a good quality wines from the many family wineries we know and love such as Montes, McManis, and Mondavi. (How’s that for alliteration?)   

1773  —  1st public museum opens in the US (Charleston , SC).

Here at Liquor Barn, we believe fine wine is like fine art – they both take time, patience, hard work and artistry to create. So here’s to the day with the “opening” of your favorite fine wine, perhaps a Rokyjam Cab?     

1922  —  1st woman elected to the Senate (Mrs. Hattie Caraway).

A toast to the groundbreaking Mrs. Caraway with any of the several liqueurs flavored with Caraway seeds – Goldwasser, Akavit or Kummel.

A day-late but hearty birthday toast to Clarence Clemons (musician, singer) born on January 11, 1943.

“When the Big Man joined the band” wailing his mighty saxophone, he helped put heart and soul into Bruce Springsteen’s mighty “E Street Band”.  A fitting salute to “C” would be to light up your favorite cigar with a Maduro wrapper. How about enjoying Macanudo cigar tonight whilst you listen to the great classic rock album “Born to Run” featuring a stellar photo of Bruce and Clarence on the cover, and even more stellar music inside!    

Btms^