Thursday, June 30, 2016

Rum Poodle Rum

Welcome me Mateys, both two and four legged. Its time for another cocktail from The Poodle Martini Bar. This cocktail is inspired by Summer ease and our own little pirate and sock thief extraordinaire, Niki The Ornery.

I can't think of any spirit more associated with summer than Rum. Just the classic rum drinks take you to a place of summer and island paradise. Names such as Mai Tai, Bahama Mama, Daiquiri and PiƱa Colada give a feeling of swinging in the hammock and taking in the salty sea breeze.

So let's get on with the drink. You will need a tall glass for this one. It can be shaken or just stirred around in your glass, before or after adding ice. The ingredients are easy and few. With everything having equal representation, the alcohol is not overpowering and also makes it easy to mix up a big batch.

Rum Poodle Rum

2 ounces dark rum, my favorite is Goslings Black Seal
2 ounces pineapple juice
2 ounces cranberry juice 

Mix or shake. Serve in a tall glass with a lot of ice.

Are we done now? I'm on the look out for some mighty socks to steal and think I just spotted some-Later!

I am going to keep this short. The history and different types of rum is very fascinating, but I'm going to skip that. I hope everyone is having a great summer. If you live in America, the 4th is almost here. I can tell you what the official cocktail is going to be at my house this Independence Day: Rum Poodle Rum

Take care and stay cool (literally). 
Today we are taking part in Thoughtless Thursday Blog Hop.

Finally, a big shout out to Rukus The Eskie, Owned By A Huskie, M.K. Clinton for hosting us and check below for the other hoppers!

Terri and the Pack 

And may you never have Captain's Jacks Dilemma


Friday, June 17, 2016

The Historical Retriever

Now for something a tad bit different. Up to this point, I have concentrated on Poodles in fashion, culture and design. But Poodles originally had a very different role in society. 

My First Ever Pin To My Poodle Board On Pinterest

All Poodles descend from the ancient standard size dog and that dog was a retriever. Even the origin of the word "Poodle" emphasizes this. Poodles originated between France and Germany where it was known as the Pudlehund. "Hund" in German is dog and "pudel" comes from  a German verb "to splash about". 

The breed was standardized in France where it became a water retriever. 

Poodles (or in France, the Caniche) became so popular that they were bred into the forms that fitted into everyone's life style. Today, Poodles are the national dog of France.

But all our Poodles, even if we have toys or miniatures, harken back to this retriever tradition.  

Below are photos with links to good articles with more information on the new resurgence of Poodles as hunters.  I am not a hunter but find this fascinating. 

From an article in a 2008 New York Conservationist Magazine.
Hunters who use and breed these hunters are better testaments than I can ever give.  Two sites that I have found are: 

One of Lakelands hunting Poodles from their site.  They have great photos of their dogs in action either in hunting or trials.

A red hunter from Louter Creek Hunting Poodles.  These  dogs have even been
featured in a numerous hunting magazines.

This photo is from an article of Gun Dog magazine (Sept. '11")

Here is an extra photo from Louter Creek. They used this as one of their profile pictures on FaceBook last Fall. I love in intense look on this guy's face. Click here for the link to Louter Creek's Facebook page. I wish it could be either subscribed to or a page to like, but it is not. I have enjoyed being a friend because I can keep up with their activities. 

Louter Creeks Poodles have been featured on A&E's reality show Duck Hunters

As close as we get to duck hunting...

OK, I retrieved the duck, so where is the treat?

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The French Poodle Martini Bar Is Open-Time For The Apricot Poodle!

The Poodle Martini Bar is open and I have a new cocktail. This one is dedicated to my Sophia, the first Poodle that I adopted
We've been enjoying The Apricot Poodle for a few months but it always takes me forever to get together the photo-shoot for my drinks. 

My aim for cocktails is that they are simple and delicious and think this one fits to bill. But the key to the deliciousness of The Apricot is the quality of the Apricot liqueur. I first was using some I had on hand which was a cheaper bottle and was so discouraged by the results. 

I made a trip to Lucas Liquor on a hunt and I found the Orchard liqueurs from Austria's Rothman and Winter. One of them was Apricot. It runs around $20 but is so smooth. It would be delicious in deserts too. 

So on the the drink.............

The Apricot Poodle 

1/2 oz Vanilla Vodka
1 1/2 oz Apricot Orchard
2 oz Apricot Juice

Chill one martini glass (of course, this is optional....but I like to).

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a martini glass and serve. Swizzle stick is optional! 

And now to the vintage.  Just a few close ups.

My one Poodle Room swizzle stick with some vintage white and gold cloth napkins I picked up on eBay.

Yes, this is a decanter.

Admiration plate from The Romance of Fifi and Pepe by the Kentley Corp-vintage 50s

That finishes this Poodle Bar out. I  hope you enjoyed my imaginary place. Take care and it's almost the weekend. Yea!

Today we are taking part in  Thoughtless Thursday,

And a big shout out to Rukus The Eskie, Owned By A Huskie, M.K. Clinton for hosting us.

Terri and the Pack