How to make these delicious boozy popsicles:

  • 3/4 cup Raspberries
  • 1 cup Lemon Yoghurt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup Lemonaid (or any fruit juice)
  • 1 1/2 – 2 oz Tequila
  • 2 oz Blackberry Liqueur

Mix together in a blender or food processor, taste the mixture, adjust as needed… maybe more tequila? Pour into popsicle mould and freeze over night or about 4-5 hours. Add whole raspberries to the mould if you like.

Don’t give to kids… obviously.

 

It’s Tuesday and you’re not even half way to the weekend, so have a drink.

This is how you I make a Martini, there are a few variations and everyone likes theirs differently. This  one is made using a ratio of 8:1 of gin and vermouth. The martini has evolved quite a bit since pre-prohibition. It used to be called a Martini Cocktail and had 3 ingredients: equal parts gin and vermouth, and a dash of orange bitters. Since then bartenders have dropped the orange bitters, and severely changed the gin/vermouth ratio. I’ve tried it with bitters, and it’s not bad. It can’t really be called a cocktail any more, it’s more about the preparation and everyone has a say on how to make the “perfect” Martini. Here’s my say:

Martini (Dry)

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1/4 oz Dry Vermouth

Put a glass in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, you can throw the gin in too. Everything should be ice cold. Fill a shaker with lots of ice and pour in 1/4 oz of dry vermouth. Swirl it around the shaker (but don’t shake it). Pour it in the chilled class and coat the inside of the glass by tilting it downwards and slowly spinning it. Now pour it down the drain. That’s all the vermouth you need. You’ve coated the ice, the shaker, and the glass with the vermouth. Measure 2 oz of gin into the shaker and swirl around. Apparently shaking “bruises” the gin, which sounds very pretentious but we’ll give in and swirl it. Let it sit, swirl some more. No need to rush, the gin needs to be cold. Then pour it in the glass, garnish with an olive or lemon twist. Enjoy.

A bit about the gin: I like Hendricks when I make Martini’s. I’m not a gin snob, it just tastes better when you’re practically drinking it straight. I have other gin I like for gin & tonics, but I save the Hendricks for Martini Time. Ask a rum drinker and you’ll find they probably have a rum they drink on ice and one to mix with coke.

With Downton Abbey season 3 starting soon PBS is re-airing the first 2 seasons and I can’t help but watch again. You miss so much the first time around and the one thing I never really understood was this entail business. After all it’s the basis of the entire plot and being Canadian I just don’t really understand these funny British property laws. Why is some distant cousin going to inherit the entire estate? Why is Cora’s fortune going to this distant cousin and not her own daughters? Why can’t Mary just have it?

Here is my very watered down version of what I’ve learned:

Entail: “A settlement of the inheritance of property over a number of generations so that it remains within a family or other group”.

Downton Abbey is entailed to a male heir because back then a woman’s property was her husbands, so if it was left to a male heir there would be no question that it would remain within the family. If it were inherited by Mary and she had a husband, it would become his and it would be out of the family (and there’s some business in there about titles that just wouldn’t work either). That is why Cora’s fortune is caught up in the estate, it’s now her husbands. The 5th Earl (Lord Grantham’s dad) made it all neat and tidy so that it would be there to run the estate for generations to come (seem’s all very expensive). Which probably sounded like a great idea at the time, but the 6th Earl had no sons and his heir died when the Titanic sunk. So they go back up the family tree and find the next male descendant of one the earlier earls and that’s Matthew Crawley, a 3rd cousin twice removed. So the solution is, and always has been, marry their daughter off to said cousin/heir. (And she wouldn’t even have to get used to a new last name!) They also don’t “own” Downton Abbey, they didn’t buy it, it was entailed to them so they have to pass if off when they die.

Below are some of the articles I found very interesting and helpful, I highly recommend reading them because it’s much, much more intricate than my little summary above.

  • The next is this post is from Law and Lawyers: “The Downton Abbey Entail…” . This is again, pretty specific to the actual laws, most of which fly right over my head. Still an interesting read.

So there you have it, now you can enjoy season 3 without being confused about British property law.

This was the first thing I ever learned how to make. It’s very easy, just fold and press in all the raw edges so you don’t have to bother with serging or zig zag stitching the inside edges. It finishes it’s self!

The measurements are just a guide line, you can make this any size.

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