Damn The Weather!
March 22, 2018
Living in North Carolina can be very weird sometimes, especially when we’re dealing with the weather. It was in the 70’s on Tuesday. On Wednesday, it’s a high in the 40’s and raining. There is snow in the Northern part of the state and it’s supposed to be warm again this weekend. No wonder everyone is getting sick. It’s hot then cold then wet then dry then windy and there’s rain, then snow and then look, the sun is out again. Break out the shorts and flip flops, but don’t put that parka away yet. And you know what I have to say about all of this?
Damn the weather!
And when you’re a person who works in a store that sells fine spirits and adult beverages, the term “Damn the Weather” means a mixed beverage of that very same name.
From Wikipedia: A Damn the Weather (or Damn-the-Weather) is a Prohibition Era cocktail made with Gin, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and a sweetener (either Triple Sec or Curaçao). It is served shaken and chilled, often with a slice of orange. Like many prohibition-era cocktails, the Damn the Weather was conceived as a way to hide the scent and flavor of poor quality homemade spirits, in this case bathtub gin. The original recipe was included in Harry Craddock’s 1930 The Savoy Cocktail Book. A bar/restaurant in Seattle takes its name from the drink.
And here is the recipe…
1 measure gin
1/2 measure sweet vermouth (available at the grocery store).
1/2 measure orange juice
1/4 measure orange curacao or triple sec
Preparation: Shake with ice and strain into a chilled large cocktail glass.
Now come visit me at the ABC and buy the ingredients you need. And then go home and enjoy this tasty beverage. And as for conditions outside and the cold wind and the rain and all that crap, just sit back, take a swallow and say, “Damn the weather!”.
And there you go. Love ya – mean it. Have a great one.