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Rooting around [Feb. 2nd, 2012|10:04 pm]
terribleturnip
Right, so after the Captain and I split up the booze stockpile...and I had to go out and get a new...piece of furniture to hold the liquor. Look "bar" just won't work. Seriously, if I looked at one more little cutesy bar cart and thought okay, that'll hold the rum, but where am I going to put everything else? Not to mention, most of them had ginormous space for wine bottles...and I've got a perfectly good basement for that. I'm not going to store wine for any length of time up here in the kitchen at a temperature appropriate for rising bread or keeping GeezerCat and Merejoints comfortable.

So, I found the perfect solution for me - two bookcases side by side. Bookcases for people who have a surfeit of....bottle height books? Hey, I'm not judging, tallbook people! BUT. Once I got them installed (And by installed, I mean me hauling them in through the front door, shooing cats, banging knuckles into edges and cursing) there was all of this empty space. What? Dust and cat hair accumulate in empty spaces! Quelle horror!

And putting the bottles on the shelves made me acutely aware of what I was missing. (Also what I had a wee bit too much of. Seriously, did at some point I imagine there was going to be some great international Madiera shortage?) And I filled in the requisite blanks certainly...but we all know I'm a WHORE for flavors. (Damn, I've added another one, haven't I? Hops and...now I've forgotten. Aging whore. Awesome.) So, right, I mean who can have a bar without creme de violette? Two kinds of honey liqueur...green tea liqueur? Seriously, that's got to pair up with gin, a touch of honey and....mint geranium...or maybe Rober's Lemon Rose...

Anyway, the shelves have been filling up...mostly with esoteric stuff and of course, I keep sniffing for more...so when I spotted a press release about Rhuby http://www.artintheage.com/spirits-products/introducing-rhuby/
I was instantly enamored. Their earlier release, Snap...well, I can't resist GINGER! So, okay, watch for that one, too. But Root, their original...eh, who needs alcoholic root beer...even if it's made with the closest thing to genuine ingredients now that you can't use sassafras. (For the record, when my liver fails, the booze had NOTHING to do with it. It was growing up with a Sassafras tree in the yard and chewing on the bark all of the time. All of the time. And birch bark. What the hell, was I child or a beaver? I guess I was sucking on clover blossoms too, and eating sorrel right out of the lawn. Parents, be careful not to leave Euell Gibbon's books lying about.

Anyway, my heart was set on Rhuby. Snap as a backup plan. But there I was in the County You'll-Buy-What-We-Carry-And-LIKE-It store and there it was, Root. And I'm a firm believer that if you want to encourage stores to carry cool stuff, you actually have to BUY said cool stuff. So, I bought it, thinking eh, I don't really NEED alcoholic root beer, but the bottle is very cool (We've established that I have bottle issues, already, haven't we, children?) and I need to encourage these SOB's that Monkey County deserves something better than 75 flavors of Bacardi crap.

Even though...alcoholic root beer...meh..

I LIED. I LIED. EVERYONE wants alcoholic root beer. Especially one with REAL ingredients...the kind that leaves the roof of your mouth just a little numb...like real rootbeer used to.*

When there were pterodactyls and giant sloths. And Sassafrass didn't kill your liver.

*For the record, the numbness is probably due to wintergreen which they use, in combination with other flavors to mimic sassafras. But I remember that feeling from the bark...although I was eating freaking BARK, so what the hell do I know?
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2012-02-03 04:05 am (UTC)
I love root beer ... and one of the best around IMO is Dad's Root Beer ... but it doesn't seem to be a popular item in the area where I live

I can find it at World Market, but it is in 4 packs sold at 6 pack prices, which kind of pisses me off ... so I either settle for IBC or go ahead and get the reduced 4 packs of what I really want

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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-02-03 04:10 am (UTC)
Then my love, you must go out forthwith and get some Root. Because if you like root beer and you like booze...

Match made in heaven. Well, I mean if heaven was filled with drunk angels.
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2012-02-03 02:02 pm (UTC)
my version of heaven has nothing but drunk angels ... female ones ... with full round wonderful butts that they let me wear as a hat

so ok, I shall go seek this Root alcohol product of which you speak
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-02-03 04:12 pm (UTC)
Wait, lemme run downstairs and dig out the wings....
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[User Picture]From: russell_moore
2012-02-03 04:55 pm (UTC)


sweet dreams are made of these ...

who am I to disagree .......
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[User Picture]From: sestree
2012-02-03 09:07 am (UTC)
Damn I grew up on sassafrass and dandelion tea (not together thankyoukindly) I don't know where Aunt Mae got the bark but Grandma always had it around. That was another cure all (the other being dandelion tea with ginger, honey, and a heavy dose of Old Charter Bourbon. cured cramps, broken hearts, migraines, chick fights, boredom, I could go on ....) I even think our cough syrup had sassafrass in it (Old Charter but not as much as for the broken heart/migraines/cramps age, honey, lemon, and cinnamon - oh and ginger - no wonder I don't have a sweet tooth but rather a hot one).

None of us has croaked from liver failure. And if ever a group was start out right *to* croak from that ....

nary a full blown raving alcoholic in the bunch either - though much later I found out that dandelion was a hallucenogin so yeah I guess I did do drugs albeit unknowingly)
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[User Picture]From: giantsloth
2012-02-03 12:46 pm (UTC)
Did someone say "giant sloth"?

I agree completely with the statement "who can have a bar without creme de violette?" Although the state-controlled booze stores down here don't make that easy. Instead, we get the 75 flavors of Bacardi crap.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-02-03 04:23 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain...

It just seems so insane, in this day and age, that the consumer is so ill-served with booze. You can get GRAIN alchohol everywhere...but expensive froo-froo stuff, oh, good heavens, no, if we shipped that stuff to you, teenagers would be getting drunk left and right! Augh, just put a dollar value on it. We can only ship you booze that costs more than $25 a bottle. Then it'll just be the rich kids getting drunk...who have no problem with access anyway....

You two really need to wend your way north so that we can have a proper food and drink wallowing!
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[User Picture]From: fountaingirl
2012-02-03 06:29 pm (UTC)
Wait a minute, we can get booze >$25 shipped to us in MD? I thought there was no shipping of booze at all! This is at least better.

(I am embarrassed to admit I have no experience with, and had never even heard of, creme de violette.)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-02-03 07:44 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, honey, that's just my proposed solution. I WISH!
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[User Picture]From: bittibuddha
2012-02-03 02:08 pm (UTC)
I just bought my first box of refrigerated sweet syrupy wine. Do you still love me?
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-02-03 04:25 pm (UTC)
Of course I still love you. But you should see a doctor about what is clearly a head injury complication.

I will allow it because of the girl scouts. T'was the Geezercat that drove me to the alcholic root beer after all - after cleaning up her last mess and going downstairs to get fresh pee pads out of the dryer only to come upstairs to find that she chose to wait for them and I had to pull out the mop...again.

So, I shouldn't judge.
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[User Picture]From: ren_tigger
2012-02-03 02:30 pm (UTC)
You had me at bar. :) After reading, I realize this may be too small, but it makes for a nice display of what I have. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-dmBdFJAOHNo/TyvG1rnGLMI/AAAAAAAAAaY/tyO-JJFHEHQ/h301/20120203_063635.jpg Look to the left of the actual bar. Admittedly there is quite a few bottles I don't have on it, mainly the purty ones. :)
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[User Picture]From: ren_tigger
2012-02-03 02:30 pm (UTC)
Oh and if you do like it, I can send you the link where I got it from Amazon.
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-02-03 04:26 pm (UTC)
Ha, definitely too small! Plus I had a low, long area to work with -- but that is a nice piece!
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[User Picture]From: silvrwillow
2012-02-03 10:31 pm (UTC)
Oh boy... your liquor bookshelves & my liquor closet ought to meet sometime. It would possibly be a date night no one would remember (due to the alcohol). I have been *looking* for both Root and Creme de Violette. And now this intriguing flirty flavor? Help enable me, please. (this is a cry for help?? weird bass-ackwards, anyway) Do you have a place over there in Kensington that carries such delights, or did you pick these up in your travels?
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2012-02-04 02:41 am (UTC)
Root is in Montgomery County liquor stores..definitely the one in Kensington at the split of Conn and University. I have not seen the others yet. Total Wine in Laurel is usually my go-to otherwise. Green Tea Liquor, for example...or Rogue's Spruce Gin. Or...

Seriously, we DO need a date.
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[User Picture]From: silvrwillow
2012-02-03 10:36 pm (UTC)
And btw, Steven Loy loves Root also! That's where I first heard of it.

I've also been looking for Snap...

And I like cool bottles too. I bought the Ciroc vodka just because one side of the bottle had vertical lines, and the other side had polka dots. Awesome to hold - just sayin'.
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