This weekend we went to see Star Trek Into Darkness. To back up a little bit, the Stark Trek movie released in 2009 was kind of our first unofficial date. I was going to see it with a girl friend, and my new pal Bryan decided to tag along. I spent the whole time at the theater and Chili’s afterwards assuring my friend that there wasn’t anything between me and Bryan… Haha. So going to see the sequel together, four years later, three years married, was fun. The movie was fun. The free passes my student’s family gave me as an end-of-semester gift were fun. It was a good date.
Afterwards we gathered up the ingredients needed to extend the date at home by making one of our favorite cocktails, the Vieux Carré. We were first introduced to this delicious drink at a wonderful Plano restaurant called Whiskey Cake, and were determined to make it at home.
Gather these ingredients: Peychaud’s bitters, Angostura bitters, Benedictine, Rye whiskey, Sweet Vermouth, Cognac, and a lemon.
I couldn’t resist setting up this shot on one of our adorable Moroccan/Brasilia inspired mid-century tables:
1 oz. Rye Whiskey (we like Rittenhouse)
1 oz. VSOP Cognac (we used Courvoisier)
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
1 barspoon (aka the larger spoon from your set of silverware) of Benedictine
A twist or slice of lemon peel for garnish
Mix the liquids together with ice, strain, and serve with the lemon peel!
We finished up the evening by continuing to watch the show Black Books on Netflix, which is an absolutely hilarious British tv show about a grumpy bookstore owner.
Then, on Saturday we headed out to my parent’s house and loaded up the boxes of books, pieces of furniture, and our washer and dryer they were storing for us in their garage and brought them to the house. We got locked out of the house when the wooden rod that keeps our patio door “locked” fell down while we were outside. The front door was locked. Our truck with the garage door opener in it was locked. We had to pry the garage door open enough to crawl underneath and get into the house from the [thankfully unlocked] door in the garage. Much was accomplished. Stress was had. At the end of the day, more cocktails (this recipe, of course!) were imbibed.
All in all, ‘twas quite the weekend.