Tag Archives: Cold

Green Oranges Taste Orange

Oranges play a funny trick when they grow up in warm climates.

Many fruits start out green, but Oranges will ripen without turning orange in warm climates. They need a little cold crisp air at night to change color.

This is why oranges in Florida & Texas are usually used for juicing, whereas California oranges—which get a natural chill at night—are sold whole in stores.

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James Bond Got This Wrong

In You Only Live Twice—which takes place largely in Japan—James Bond (Sean Connery) tells Tiger Tanaka that he enjoys Sake, “Served at the correct temperature, 98.4°F.”

Though it is commonly held that Sake ought to be served warm, this is misleading. The tradition of serving the drink warm only started to mask the flavors of sub-par brews.

In particular, Sakes fortified with cheap liquor are of the sort to be served warm. Junmai or ‘pure rice’ sake is made without any distilled alcohol added, and ought to be chilled when served.

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Skins for Winter!

  • 1.5 oz- Whiskey (I recommend Jack Daniels)
  • 1.0 oz- Honey
  • Juice of 1 lemon wedge
  • Hot water (or Breakfast Tea)

A Hot Toddy is glorious for either hunkering down against a cold winter’s night, or bucking a case of the common cold. While it doesn’t get enough attention today, two hundred years ago it was a common libation.

I’ve known for nearly 7 years now that Hot Toddies are delicious. What I didn’t know until recently is that etymologically speaking how you garnish one changes the name of the drink.

Technically, a Toddy with a lemon peel is called a ‘Skin’.

Stir all ingredients until honey is dissolved. Garnish with lemon peel.