Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Types Of Mixed Drinks, Part 2

By Micah Jackson

Millions of adults worldwide enjoy mixing and drinking alcoholic beverages, and with good reason. They're fun! They come in a variety of colors and flavors, they need some skill (but not too much) to mix well, and they are a terrific activity for social gatherings.

But most people, professional bartenders aside, are probably quite confused about the many varieties of mixed drinks available. Virtually everyone knows the difference between a Screwdriver and Martini, but how many know the difference between a Fix and a Fizz? Part 1 of this article discussed four of the main drink types: cocktails, flips, cobblers and crustas.

But what other types of drinks are available? Let's take a look.

Cooler: Coolers are drinks made with liquor and a carbonated beverage and garnished with fruit. For a fresh taste at your next get together, try a Calypso Cooler. The recipe for a Calypso Cooler is: 1/2 oz spiced rum, 1/2 oz peach schnapps, 1/4 oz dark rum, 2 oz orange juice, 1 oz grenadine syrup, 1 oz lime juice, 2 oz lemon-lime soda. Add the rum, schnapps, orange juice, grenadine and lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice cubes, and top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with an orange flag and serve.

Fix: A fix is a drink which combines various liquors, citrus and sugar. Here's a fix recipe that's sure to be a hit. Gin Fix: 1 tsp superfine sugar, 1 oz lemon juice, 2 tsp water, 2 oz gin, 1 maraschino cherry, 1 slice lemon. Fill a cocktail shaker half way with ice. Add the sugar, lemon juice, and water and shake to mix. Strain this mixture into a highball glass filled nearly full with crushed ice. Lastly add the gin and stir well. Garnish the drink with the cherry and lemon slice and serve.

Fizz: A fizz is a fix with a carbonated beverage added. You can turn the above fix recipe into a fizz quite easily. Gin Fizz: 1 tsp superfine sugar, 1 oz lemon juice, 2 oz gin, 1 maraschino cherry, 1 slice lemon, carbonated water. In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine the gin, sugar and lemon juice. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass with two ice cubes. Fill with carbonated water and stir well. Garnish with the cherry and the lemon slice and serve.

Julep: A julep is usually sweet, with a mix of liquor and aromatic spices. A very popular julep is the Mint Julep. Here's a simple Mint Julep drink recipe: 4 fresh mint sprigs, 2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey, 1 tsp powdered sugar, 2 tsp water. Muddle (crush against side of glass) mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water in a Collins glass. Fill the glass with shaved or crushed ice and add bourbon. Top with more ice and garnish with a mint sprig. Serve with a straw.

So there you have it! Here are four more types of mixed drinks. These can be fun additions to your bartending knowledge and help make your next celebration a smashing success!

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