Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Scottish Poodle

A couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, I was rummaging through my mini bar stash and came across a bottle of Drambuie liqueur. I didn't know I had it, couldn't remember why I bought it.

Turning the bottle, the back label read: "After the heroic Jacobite rebellion of 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie escaped from Scotland leaving the legacy of his royal recipe, which remained a secret for generations on the Isle of Skye."

What!???? I am someone more than happily reading Diana Gabaldon's 4th novel (Drums of Autumn) and owns seasons one and two of Starz's Outlander series but who didn't know she had Charles Stuart's favorite drink!? In her own possession!?

I immediately knew that I had to find a cocktail that uses Drambuie--or create one.

I started researching cocktails in Mittie Hellmich's Bar Book-The Comprehensive Guide and found The Bent Nail which called for Drambuie, Kirsh and a blended whisky. I made it, but for me it was just too strong and I didn't get enough of the cherry. 

I was determined. A quest to Lucas liquor was in order, a search for a high quality but mid-priced cherry liqueur. With the help of a nobly kind clerk, I settled on Heering Cherry Liqueur from Denmark. It has a lovely, festive red color and just the right amount of sweetness. Just in time for the holidays.

My blended whiskey for this cocktail is Triple Crown. Triple Crown is locally produced nearby in Weston, Missouri. Everyone probably has their favorite. I know I have also used Canadian blended whiskeys before. 

I've come up with a delightful holiday cocktail that is enthusiastically approved by my much-esteemed panel of critics (my two daughters). So I present............

The Scottish Poodle

1 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz Cherry Liqueur (I used Heerings)
1/2 blended whiskey (I used Triple Crown)
chilled Club Soda
Maraschino Cherries 


In a cocktail shaker mix the Drambuie, Cherry Liqueur and whisky, add ice and shake. Fill an Old Fashioned Glass half full with ice and add strained cocktail. Fill the glass to the top with the club soda, stir, add cherries and enjoy!

Here are two other ways that the men in the family found to use Drambuie and Heering at Thanksgiving. Michael added Drambuie to Dr. Pepper and soaked it up. Son in law, Lark, made his own version of Cherry Dr. Pepper with Herring. I did sip both of these and will say they were very good. But the girls and I will take our cocktails any day.

Sophia and Niko

Getting into the season is Sophia and Niko in their Christmas plaids that I made for them a couple of years ago. Niko is so funny when it comes to pictures. Normally he is a big baby, funny and just "Nicky". When he knows it is picture time, he sits up straight and gets his macho on and becomes "Niko", his given name. Sophia never changes for anything. She just likes to get dressed up. 

And just for fun--while sipping on my new holiday cocktail--I had to do something for this post in Photoshop. Meet Greyson from Clan McPoodle.

Every one have a blessed, calm and joyful holiday season. Take care until we meet again.

Terri and the Pack

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?