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Cocktail purists and experts, read no further.  What follows may cause your skin to erupt in red, itchy spots.

My knowledge about spirits is next to nil, but I've reached a time in my life when I can imagine a weekend night in with just me, the radio, and a cocktail. 

First, what's a true Old Fashioned?  Secondhand information suggests this American invention originally called for a combination of spirits, sugar, bitters, and water.  Over time, spirits came to mean American whiskey, typically rye (mainly rye) or bourbon (mainly corn).  (By the way, today I heard Peggy Noe Stevens of Bourbon Women say on Good Food that more than 95% of the world's bourbon is produced in Kentucky.) 

That's the original.  Now here's my twist.  First, I used a scotch whiskey (whiskey made in Scotland) that is probably best sipped neat and not in a cocktail.  It's what I had, and this being my first homemade cocktail, I wasn't ready to go out and buy an entire bottle of American whiskey for the sake of tradition.  Second, I added the juice of the Golden Nugget mandarin.  Purists challenge the presence of citrus in an Old Fashioned, but people who, like me, are new to whiskey, citrus is a welcome buffer.

This is one of the easiest cocktails to make, so give it a try.  I might need one tonight as a study break.

Old Fashioned with Mandarin
Adapted from Chow.com

Ingredients:

2 wedges mandarin (or orange)
1 tsp. sugar
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 tsp. water
2 oz. whiskey (rye or bourbon, though scotch whiskey worked for me)
Ice

How-To:

  1. In an Old Fashioned glass or small tumbler, muddle 1 slice of your citrus, sugar, bitters, and water.  Remove the citrus rind.
  2. Add the whiskey and ice.  Stir.
  3. Garnish with a slice of citrus and serve. Or: Twist a piece of the citrus peel instead, and add that to the drink.

 

Several weeks ago, I posted some pieces that I admired, including these Bensimon slipon sneakers (via A Cup of Jo).  When I spied them on an online sample sale recently, I made sure to snag a pair before running out the door to class.  I would have preferred red but these yellow ones will suit me just fine.

They're extremely comfortable, fit like a glove, and look best with cuffed jeans (at least on me and my short proportions).  The rubber sole is flexible yet sturdy enough for walking around the city.  They do ride up higher on the foot than I expected, but I am getting used to it.

Ok, I know I predicted the next post would be about herb gardening, but this caught my eye. 

I adore Marni for Fall 2011.  Given my love-hate approach to fashion (for another time), this verb is intentional!  The collection flaunts all my favorite fashion attributes: comfort, proportion, texture (more visual than tactile), tailoring, and elegance.  The models, too, are beautiful because they are unfussy.  They remind me of the young women in Barcelona who would step off their scooters and pull off their helmets to reveal perfect, tousled hair-not a helmet head to be seen!

Here are some of my favorites.  [Photos courtesy of Style.com.  Additional
closeup shots here by Scott Schuman.]

Proportion and Pattern
I like the big black splotches; they suggest a giant paintbrush.

Somewhat austere, but it drapes well.
Ok, on second thought, if I stare at it too long,
it looks like a blanket.

pattern and asymmetry
(and adore the shoes)

This one screams all sorts of things at me,
including Miami, Grandma, and pajamas.
I am really liking the fit of these coats. 
Roomy but still feminine and tailored.

Yes, please!  What an antidote to the
clingy, self-conscious outfits out there.

Color. 
Mahogany furniture,
an old personal library with dusty books,
heavy drapes, the parlor.
A nap in the window seat.

Can you please design this to look good
on a vertically challenged female?

Striped Cardigan

 

Pintuck Panel Dress by Madewell
[A little Maria von Trapp, no?]

 

Sunday Stroll Jacket
[Great name. I'd also call it "Sunday Farmers Market."]

 

Bensimon Sneakers
[Too bad they're out of my size.]

Happy Friday!  Today is a work day, so I leave you with a few things that caught my eye.  If only being a student were congruous with shopping. 

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