Monday, November 24, 2014
This is the Battle. We are overwhelmed every day, every week, every month. Overwhelmed but not defeated. There is so much to keep up with, so much to remember, the list items regenerate as you cross other items off. We get up early, go to work, deal with a china shop of personalities, drive to appointments and lessons, errands and more errands, shopping, paying the bills, sleeping too little, juggling, "We'll arrive between 1 pm and 5 pm" which means 4:59 pm on your only day off. We do that little extra that no one else sees or appreciates, we wade through a swamp of misunderstandings and perceptions. We talk people we care about off little ledges, we sigh and drop our heads because of that thing we forgot - heaven forbid. We do all this and and much more all while not living that dream we keep in the back of our heads. We do what we have to do and try to live life in the process.
There are times when we can get together with family or friends, have some drinks (if you drink), eat foods, listen to music, have conversations, play games, participate in something together, support one another and just enjoy the people we care about and enjoy the time. We can take time to find and have adventures, live a little bit of a dream, take time to go and do. This is the Battle against the mentioned stresses, this is what Firewater Sailors is all about. As people have be doing for generations all over the world, from culture to culture people have gathered and celebrated over a few drinks - or a lot of drinks. It is a part of us and important.
When the call goes out we man our battle stations, sail into the strife and fight. Load the cannons and fire. We laugh, we drink, we eat, we sing, we dance, we yell, we hug, we are together, we have fun...we win.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
The time is almost here. The Firewater Sailors Adventure (and Drinking) Team
will be in the Savage Race on October 25th, in Dade City, Florida.
The team shirts are ready.
We've been training and preparing for this adventure.
I'm thinking, survive it, make it to the finish and there's beer at the end.
6 miles, mud, water, ice, fire, barbed wire, rope, hills, metal bars, hay bails, carrying logs and more.
I'd like to say we're ready. Physically, some of us may not be "ready", but, we are going to attack it as a team and help each other through the obstacles.
There will be photos and GoPro Video.
A recent rum cannon was Wicked Dolphin Artisan Rum Silver. This rum is made in Cape Coral, Florida located just north of Fort Myers on the southwest coast of Florida. Cane Spirits, Inc. makes Wicked Dolphin Rum from 100% Florida sugar cane in a copper pot still and ages it charred oak whiskey barrels. Locally made from local ingredients is great for the state that I love and a big selling point for me. I like to support local businesses when I can.
The recipe I used is the Firewater Sailors - Dorothy Mantooth
One & a half ounces of Wicked Dolphin Silver Rum
One half ounce of Sweetened Lime Juice
Two dashes of Peychaud's Bitters
One ounce of Simple Syrup (Splenda-homemade)
Shake it or stir with ice, then pour it over ice with Club Soda
A berry and/or lime garnish would go well with this drink
It's a cool, sweet refreshing drink with hints of tropical flavors
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Tonight's Rum Cannon in the battle against stress, reality and negativity is Appleton Estate White Jamaica Rum. Appleton Estate, having been around since 1749, has most definitely proven itself and is a safe bet when choosing a rum for any occasion.
A mix of sugar canes, the lush soil of the Nassau Valley where it's grown, natural spring water from the estate and generations old yeast come together to make an array of different rums, all with wonderful flavors and smoothness.
Tonight's choice goes along with what I've been drinking lately such as The Naked Turtle White Rum and Shellback Silver Caribbean Rum, both excellent rums. Appleton White is affordable costing me $17.99 for a 750ml bottle. It has a tropical aroma but it really shows itself when tasted. Letting it roll over my tongue what stood out to me was a vanilla and banana flavor. I found that it is excellent for mixing whether it's in tropical recipes or just a cola or soft drink. It is easy to say that I highly recommend this rum.
Now to load this 80 proof cannon in my rocks glass and fight the good fight.