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Swap tequila with sake for a twist on the classic sunrise cocktail.
Swap tequila with sake for a twist on the classic sunrise cocktail.

A drink a day: sake sunrise

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Today, I posted an article about sake, and it inspired me to think about cocktails made with the delicious, rice-based beverage. Here's a recipe for a sake sunrise that I've mixed up before, sans the grenadine only because I didn't have it.

As the Japanese say, "Kanpai!"

Instructions:

Mix 1 1/2 ounces of sake with orange juice.

Add a splash of 7-Up.

Pour over ice.

Slowly pour grenadine over the top.

Drinking on Sunday nights is like drinking alone: it can be sad or it can be perfectly fine.
Drinking on Sunday nights is like drinking alone: it can be sad or it can be perfectly fine.

Sunday night drinking

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I go back and forth about drinking alcohol on Sunday nights. It seems like the ideal time to enjoy a glass of wine or a beer because it symbolizes one last hurrah and gives closure to the weekend whether it was fabulous or a complete flop.

On the other hand, if I’ve already consumed beverages on Friday and / or Saturday night, drinking on Sunday evening seems excessive. Even though, chances are, I won’t drink much – or anything at all – during the week.

Obviously, I’m one of those people who keeps score when it comes to imbibing. Maybe we all are? Personally, I like to drink alcohol and therefore recognize the need to keep myself in check.

Maybe this is what I'm really writing about: not whether drinking on a Sunday night is right or wrong, but the fact that fans of the strong drink need to occasionally question our indulging and make rules to keep ourselves in line. Like, I rarely do it two nights in a row, I don't mix beverages and I drink a lot of water if I am having a big night out.

But I haven't made a hard-and-fast call on Sunday nights. 

Hence, even though there’s a Guinness in the fridge literally calling my name -- in Gaelic, none the less -- I’m not sure if I should indulge. After all, I did knock back a couple of love potions last night.

This Johnny is drinking up.
This Johnny is drinking up.

"Drink up, Johnny!"

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Occasionally, I find myself saying "drink up, Johnny," and I really don’t know what this means or where the expression comes from. It turns out the usually enlightening Wikipedia doesn’t know, either, so I turn to you, the fine readers of OnMilwaukee.com, for information.

"Drink up, Johnny" might be a variation of "smoke up, Johnny," which is a line from the "The Breakfast Club." However, I intuitively feel the expression is older than this popular film from the ‘80s.

Any idea where the expression originated? 

Firefly Sweet Vodka is a special treat for your liquor cabinet.
Firefly Sweet Vodka is a special treat for your liquor cabinet.

A drink a day: Sweet ginger

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My love for ginger-flavored alcoholic beverages started with cheap bottles of ginger brandy that a friend lovingly nicknamed "ginge brand." A few summers ago, I drank the stuff almost exclusively, usually just on the rocks, but occasionally mixed with ginger ale.

I fell out of my ginge brand phase, but recently tried a sweet ginger (also sometimes called a sweet and ginger) and was instantly smitten. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka is an infusion of American tea and vodka, and I recommend mixing it with Reed's Extra Ginger Brew.

Sweet ginger / sweet and ginger

1 part Firefly Sweet Tea vodka
1 part ginger ale
Lemon twist

Pour over ice and drink up.