Happy Hour [16/10/20]

You don’t have to drink alone.

It’s National Liqueur Day. But I’m using my Deadsplinter powers to declare it International Liqueur Day. Liqueurs are distilled spirits with flavored with fruits, nuts, and botanicals, that tend to have a lower alcohol content than liquor. There are sweet, fruity liqueurs like Chambord, bitter herbal Amari such as Fernet, and delicate floral cordials like St Germain. They can be sipped alone or used to create a variety of cocktails.

My liqueur of choice is Amaretto. So I’ll celebrate with this simple version of the Amaretto Sour.

  • 1.5 oz Amaretto
  • .5 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters

Shake with ice, strain into glass, garnish with an orange slice and a couple of bourbon cherries.




  1. *drums fingers on desk*
    i figured as all the pubs got locked down for at least a month i’d join them in not drinking
    im already regretting this decision
    on the other hand between my lack of appetite,lack of booze and probable lack of christmas n new years eve doos
    im going to come out of this winter a lot skinnier than i went in to it
    thats never happened before
    (that said ive already dropped two sizes this year…another 2 and ill be back to where i was when i was 18..lol..not sure how healthy that is)

    • 2 sizes is significant. I hope you’ve seen doctor about the lack of appetite. You gotta take care of yourself. Who is is gonna rec all the cool Dutch bands to us?

      • oh its just stress…tbh..with me the first thing to go is my appetite
        im still eating just not all that much…pair that with a physical job and me generally being unable to sit still for more than 2 seconds (hell…i pace around the house when i step out for a smoke) and you get serious weightloss
        this year is just piling it on more than most..

        • See, I have the exact opposite reaction — stress makes me eat. I think it’s a psychological (and sorta physical) way to boost my energy to tackle something else. I went from a department of 4 last March to a department of me, and it’s miserable. I feel like everybody is after me to get things done, and the more I do, the more they demand. And I get too stressed to sleep and too tired to exercise. So I’m up 20 pounds since the pandemic started. 
          BUT — I did get a raise, which is unheard of in my company right now. I also got permission to hire someone, which is ALSO unheard of in my company right now. He starts Monday, which is looming in my imagination like an eight-year-old picturing Christmas morning. And, just to forestall any concern (and I thank you in advance, unless of course you weren’t planning to show concern, in which case, I reserve my thanks) I got a physical last week and I’m fine. I had to pitch a small fit to keep my appointment, but my boss backed me up (there was a fucking budget meeting — I’m like, I wrote all that shit down, so read it).

          • Congrats on the raise! I’m a big believer in meditation and yoga for stress reduction. But a new employee may even better. I am glad to hear that your physical went well. Of course I’d be concerned. 

              • My studio is doing them on zoom right now. That’s how I’m getting through the pandemic. And long walks with the dog. There’s a pretty good website Do Yoga With Me that has classes arranged by level and needs. You’d probably find some decent back work on there. But of course check with your doctor first.

                • I have a ruptured disk (more than one, now), and went to physical therapy (back then, they advised you to take the least invasive option FIRST — things have changed). I dutifully did my exercises at home, because blinding, excruciating pain is a strong motivator. My wife (been doing yoga for decades) looked at me and said, “You know that’s yoga, right?” I started taking classes (yoga = $10 per 90-minute class, physical therapy = $100 per 25-minute session). 

  2. Once upon a time, I was working in a restaurant as a lead server.  The restaurant had just hired a new bar manager a few months prior and he was dumber than a bag of hammers.  Every single week he screwed up something with the bar order.  The last straw for the GM was when this idiot ordered a CASE of DiSaronno.  At best, we’d go through a bottle over the course of a year, so now we were stuck with over a decade’s worth of amaretto.  That was when the boss asked me to take over the bar order.  Looking back, I should have said, “sure, when you pay me more,” but I was stupid as only a 25-year old can be.

  3. Not quite the drinking diet of happy, but DAYUM, this is an amazingly cool video which just crossed my timeline & made me happy–Holland NAILED this performance!😁🤗💖


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