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Jameson on the rocks, Jameson in a cocktail, whatever. Bring it on.
Jameson on the rocks, Jameson in a cocktail, whatever. Bring it on.

A drink a day: Big Jamo

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St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and as you might know from a previous blog, I'm a sucker for cocktails made with ginger ale, so the Big Jamo is a seasonal favorite.

Plus, "Big Jamo" is my nickname for my husband, whose name is James. Kidding. He'd like that, but still kidding.

Enjoy.

Big Jamo

Pour two parts Jameson Irish Whiskey.
Fill with ginger ale.
Pour over ice and garnish.
Repeat.

When life gives you grapes, make wine.
When life gives you grapes, make wine.

Do you make your own wine?

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

About a year ago, during OnMilwaukee.com's 2008 Bar Month, I brewed beer for the first time. My husband and I made four batches last year, all of which turned out pretty potable.

This year, I plan to continue brewing beer at home, but I would also like to make my own wine. I visited The Purple Foot, 3167 S. 92nd St., so I know where to go when the time comes to make my own vino, but my backyard grapes have not been fruitful enough to warrant winemaking.

A friend makes wine, and she orders her grapes from California and doesn't mess around with trying to grow the right grapes here in Wisconsin, but I still have high hopes that our grapes will flourish this year.

I know there are gentler ways to squash the grapes, but there's something appealing about the thought of squishing grapes with your bare feet that sticks with a person. Ever since I was a kid, I  have wanted to try this. Maybe it's my Italian roots.

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

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

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

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun bars and club articles -- including guides, unique features, drink recipes and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

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.