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Thursday 13: CHEERS!

It is New Year’s Eve! Cheers! Here are some fun to order cocktails that if you can order them without blushing are sure to make your celebration merry! What is your cocktail of choice??

The suffering bastard is the king of all coctails. It’s not a girly drink, nor does it need a special glass, it’s not for the faint-hearted, it will not be taking names.

suffering bastard recipes:

* classic bastard:
1 part gin
1 part rum
1/2 part lime juice
dash o’ bitters
1 part ginger ale
over ice

The Orgasm is a mixed drink that has many forms. In this recipe the cream is optional and if you want, it can be served neat. Another variation calls for vodka, coffee and amaretto liqueurs with cream over ice. While another on throws triple sec and creme de cacao in with the vodka and amaretto. To throw just one more option into the mix there is an Orgasm shooter using that is a shorter version of this one. This recipe is by most accounts the most common but all use equal parts of each ingredient, so at least that is easy to remember.

* 1 oz coffee liqueur
* 1 oz amaretto liqueur
* 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
* cream to fill (optional)


1. Pour the liqueurs into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
4. Fill with cream if desired.

When someone orders a Screaming Orgasm they are looking for an Orgasm with vodka included. This small difference makes it easy to add both shooters to your bartender’s repertoire. The Screaming Orgasm tastes the same as it’s predecessor but is thinner and more potent. Both are popular party shots and the combination of liqueurs is one of the more pleasant flavors among shooters.

* 1/4 oz vodka
* 1/4 oz amaretto liqueur
* 1/4 oz coffee liqueur
* 1/4 oz Irish cream liqueur


1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
2. Shake well.
3. Strain into a shot glass.

Take a French Martini, cross it with a Vampire, ditch the juice and add a splash of bubbly and you have given birth to a Vampire Kiss Martini. The taste of the drink itself is anything but scary, it’s actually very elegant and something that would work not only for Halloween, but for Valentine’s Day or any Champagne occasion. For its intended holiday, it is perfect because the Chambord gives it a dark, almost black color.

* 1 1/2 oz Finlandia Vodka
* 1 1/2 oz Korbel Champagne
* 3/4 oz Chambord
* red sugar for rimming


1. Rim the glass with red sugar (use food coloring) or drop in a set of wax vampire teeth for a real surprise.
2. Pour vodka and half of the Chambord in a martini glass.
3. Top with Champagne.
4. Pour the remaining Chambord over the back of a spoon to make it float.

A Slippery Nipple is a popular shooter that pairs sambuca and Irish cream liqueurs. Sambuca is an anise-flavored (like black licorice) liqueur and is a bit of an acquired taste which can catch you off guard in a shot like this. You may also see a Slippery Nipple that replaces the sambuca with equal parts of Anisette and Peppermint Schnapps. I don’t recommend substituting absinthe into any shot, it can be too powerful.

* 1/2 oz sambuca
* 1 oz Irish cream liqueur


1. Pour the Irish cream liqueur into a shot glass.
2. Top with the sambuca.

Forget the name, this shooter is absolutely delicious and very popular. I see rounds of Blow Jobs being made at the bar more often than any other shooter. The customary way to shoot a Blow Job is to place your hands behind your back, pick the glass up with your mouth, tilt your head back and drink. It doesn’t look pretty but it is fun, although I haven’t resorted to that method for some time.

* 1/4 oz Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur
* 1/2 oz Amaretto almond liqueur
* whipped cream


1. Pour the liqueurs into a shot glass.
2. Top with whipped cream.

The old saying “hair of the dog that bit you” is a common theory for curing a hangover. Most people choose a Bloody Mary, but the thick, red drink can be rather upsetting to look at, much less drink when you’re in the midst of a hellacious hangover. The Hair of the Dog cocktail is a great alternative that serves the same purpose: a little bit of alcohol, sour citrus and the hot digestive aid to calm the stomach. Unless you have a Bloody Mary mix on hand, Hair of the Dog is easier to mix, an attribute you’ll appreciate when your head is splitting and stomach is churning.

* 6 oz Bulldog Gin
* 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
* 2-3 dashes Tabasco sauce
* slice of chili pepper


1. Pour the Bulldog Gin and Tabasco into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
2. Shake generously.
3. Strain into a chilled rocks glass.
4. Garnish with a chili pepper.

It’s an interesting mixed drink filled with flavor. The Cherry Hooker is a simple highball of cherry brandy and orange juice (similar to the Screwdriver) that is often shaken in the glass. To do this place the bottom of a shaker or a cheater tin over the filled glass and (while holding both glasses firmly) give it a good shake or two.

* 2 oz cherry brandy
* orange juice
* lime wedge for garnish


1. Pour the cherry brandy into an ice filled highball glass.
2. Top with orange juice.
3. Shake.
4. Garnish with the lime wedge.

This is the base recipe for a myriad of recipes that begin with a Sloe Gin and orange juice base. This base recipe can also be modified by using 3/4 oz each vodka and Sloe Gin. Check out the variations below the recipe.

* 1 1/2 oz Sloe Gin
* orange juice
* orange slice for garnish


1. Pour the Sloe Gin (or Sloe Gin and vodka) into a highball glass filled with ice.
2. Fill with orange juice.
3. Garnish with an orange slice.

* Sloe Comfortable Screw– 1 oz vodka, 1 oz Southern Comfort, 1/2 oz Sloe Gin, fill with orange juice.
* Sloe Comfortable Screw Against the Wall– 1 oz each of vodka, Southern Comfort and Sloe Gin, fill with orange juice, top with Galliano.
* Sloe Comfortable Mexican Screw Against the Wall– 1/2 oz each of vodka, Southern Comfort, Sloe Gin and tequila, fill with orange juice.
* Sloe Comfortable Screw Between the Sheets– 1/2 oz each of vodka, Southern Comfort, Sloe Gin, rum and brandy, fill with orange juice.
* Sloe Comfortable Fuzzy Screw Against the Wall– 1/2 oz each of vodka, Southern Comfort, Sloe Gin peach schnapps, and Galliano, fill with orange juice.

Almost all of these recipes come from HERE. Check it out!



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Read a Book – AJ

For Katherine Stapleton (aka Kitty), being a shape-shifter isn’t nearly as glamorous as the novels and movies make it out to be. It isn’t all raw, animalistic sex and superhuman physical prowess. There’s also the hairballs.

Kitty has spent her entire life being a less-than-perfect were-cat. She can’t control her animal changes, so she decide to excel at matters human. After a decade of worldly successes, she’s back home for her ten-year high school reunion. Yet, she feels just as insignificant as she did back in school–except with Sam Philmore, a fellow D.C. lawyer and past classmate. And her former secret crush. In just three days Kitty gets the bad memories, the good times, the bitter truth, and a mouthful of one very sexy man who just happens to be a mouse sometimes…

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas, everyone!


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Another Auld Lang Syne

They say humans are the only animals who experience nostalgia.

Well, they USED to say that. I have no doubt that some zoologist somewhere has determined that dolphins, chimps and a host of other mammals have the smarts to grieve for the loss of a parent, child or close companion, but there’s a difference between nostalgia and grief. Nostalgia is bittersweet — a longing for days gone by that doesn’t break your heart, but only heightens the enjoyment of the here and now.

The winter holidays are traditionally ripe for bouts of nostalgia. This year, as in every other, I’m thinking about the big-ass colored lights that surrounded the windows of my grandmother’s enclosed porch — you remember the ones I mean? After about five minutes, they got too hot to handle, and if one bulb blew, the whole string went dark?

I’m recalling the taste of my grandmother’s Stollen, which is a German fruit bread that is NOTHING like fruitcake. My beloved middle sister has taken over the Stollen-baking duties since the death of my grandmother and — make no mistake — her efforts ROCK. But there’s something about the memory of sitting at my grandmother’s kitchen table and eating thick slabs of dry bread studded with fruit and nuts and slathered with margarine that will always make me yearn for Christmas of old.

There are certain Christmas carols that take me back to high school (in the Dark Ages, when they allowed Christmas carols to be sung in public schools, and yes, I understand why they don’t anymore and I support the separation of church and state, but still, I MISS IT) when the senior boys spent one gym class tramping through the local wooded lot and cutting down a tree for the foyer of the school, while the girls spent the same class singing carols and snipping out snowflakes, snowmen and paper chains to decorate said tree. (Sexist, I know. I knew it then, too, and I was okay with it. And yeah, they LET US HAVE A TREE. *sigh*)

The best song I know to inspire that bittersweet rush in me is the late Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne.” It’s not the most venerable carol, having been released in 1981 (and not even at Christmastime, but smack in the middle of my freshman year of high school) but I remember listening to it on the radio and imagining what it would be like to be a fully-formed adult, looking back on the good times of my youth.

I don’t have to imagine anymore.

What are you nostalgic for this holiday season?


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Read a Book – Inez

When opposites attract, they are screwed three ways from Sunday.

Frannie learned the hard way that a McHottie doesn’t always equal marriage material. Besides, she’s happy with her vanilla life. She has friends, a career and a double-D-powered vibrator. Then Fate shoves her, literally, into Prince Charming’s lap. His declaration of love at first sight is cute—and spikes her bullcrap meter into the red zone.

She’s more than willing to give in with her body. But she’s barricaded her heart behind castle walls—and permanently welded the gates shut.

Tragedy taught Jinx that time is too precious to waste, so when a series of uncanny coincidences thrusts Frannie into his life, he holds on tight. He knows she thinks he’s several fries short of a Happy Meal, but he’s determined to breach the fortress around her heart and give her a Happily Ever After.

Even if he has to carry her fanny-first into his kingdom.

WARNING: Includes jelly shoes, a narcoleptic cat, and meatloaf. The steamy sex scenes may lead to fogged windows and wet panties, so proceed at your own risk. Do not attempt to read without the following items: tissues, napkins for spewed beverages, and a booty call on speed dial.

Read an excerpt here. | Buy here. |

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What Do They Want?

I’ve spent the last few weeks figuring out my goals for 2010. And thanks to Bria Quinlan, I have a five-year plan now.  All this thinking about what I want to accomplish got me thinking about the characters of my current wip and their goals in the story.

My heroine wants to pay off a large debt she owes and prove to herself and to her family that she’s not a total screw up.  I’m still not sure what my hero’s goal is.  I’m thinking he wants to stay uninvolved with things outside of his closed off world, but that seems too dramatic for him.

So what are your characters’ goals?


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Sabrina Darby rocks in the Sheets

Check out some of these review quotes!


“If I were to describe ‘On These Silken Sheets’ with one word it would be hot. Downright sizzling even.”


“ON THESE SILKEN SHEETS is a thoroughly erotic adventure that will take you back in time.”


“One author, four interrelated stories, and a lot of hot Regency sex! Rakes in oh-so-tight breeches, ladies in full skirts and plunging necklines and a wicked sex club called Harridan House…”

Regency Smutty goodness. Sabrina Darby has her very first free read up HERE.

And check our this awesome trailer for her Avon Red novel, On These Silken Sheets.


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