Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Liquor before beer, never fear.

Beer before liquor, never sicker.

This week as the Word Whore’s provide you with our dandy Liquor Guide, I’d like to tell you about PAMARITAs, MOUNTAIN RITAs and RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT, but keep that old saying in mind if you intend to drink all three in one evening. (Not recommended, BTW.)

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First, the fantabulosio PAMARITA.

  • 2 1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
  • 1 oz. Reposado Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Triple Sec
  • Splash Lime Juice
  • Splash Simple Syrup

Shake and serve over ice in a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

* The Reposado Tequila is IMPORTANT!

According to tequila.netA Reposado Tequila is the first stage of "rested and aged". The Tequila is aged in wood barrels or storage tanks between 2 months and 11 months. The spirit takes on a golden hue and the taste becomes a good balance between the Agave and wood flavors. Many different types of wood barrels are used for aging, with the most common being American or French oak. Some Tequilas are aged in used bourbon / whiskey, cognac, or wine barrels, and will inherit unique flavors from the previous spirit.”

mtn dewjose gold

Second, is my own concoction…I call it a Mountain’Rita because it’s a margarita with Mountain Dew in it. Stop—I know what you’re thinking. It is NOT gross—I promise it’s not.

Why would I even try such a thing? Because margarita’s make me sleepy; the Dew keeps me awake.


Third…last but not least, is the RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT beer. Not for the feint at heart, this high gravity beer is heavy. Don’t give me Guinness. It’s like water. THIS stuff, this has substance. says this:

Inspired by brewers back in the 1800's to win over the Russian Czar, this is the king of stouts, boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident. Hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 8.0-12.00%

old heathen old rasputin

Great Lakes Black Out Stout 9.0 is made near me and is available only for a few months during the year. When it’s ‘out of season’ I drink either Old Heathen 8.0, or Old Rasputin 9.0. Siberian Night 9.7 is also on my fave’s list. Those numbers refer to the gravity, the ABV or alcohol by volume. For example, Budweiser or Coors is 5.0. Amstel Light is 3.2.

There you have it, the Hump Day Word Whore’s Liquor Guide. –Linda CHEERS!



  1. LOL! "Mountain Rita!" I used to do the Dew with whiskey, rum, or vodka, so why not te-kill-ya?

    "Way, hey and up she rises er-lie in da mornin'!"

  2. Love that song! I suppose the Dew isn't any worse than some of those sweet&sour mixes...

  3. Stout? Really? Feh. Tastes like someone yakked in a glass. And no. You do not want to know how I know that. Porters, though? Oh, yeah. ;)

  4. Y'all crack me up. I'm havin a migraine...kinda feels like a hangover without the pre-pain fun, so I have no witty reply, but thanks for sharing...even you Marcella...I think. Hee!

  5. Don't think you can ever go wrong with the Irish Rovers. ;-)

    Funny thing about the Mountain Dew - since that's the name that whiskey/moon shine used to carry, although the soft drink was originally created to be mixed with whiskey anyway. Had this awful hill-billy label and everything.

  6. I'm writing down more recipes. So many things I have yet to try -