Carla's thoughts for the month
In the spirit of the season, I want to suggest a cocktail allegedly originated by Miss Ima Hogg of Houston. It is called a Bayou Bender. The recipe comes courtesy from Lonn Taylor of Fort Davis, Texas.
Bayou Bender recipe: cover a large peeled orange with 1 Tbs. of honey and steep over a low heat in a double boiler for 8 or 10 minutes, then put them in a crock and cover with a fifth of bourbon for at least 12 hours but not more than 24 hours. Remove the orange slices and use the bourbon to make the drinks. A Bayou Bender consists of 2 jiggers of the flavored bourbon, a jigger of mixed orange and lemon juice, a dash of bitters, a dash of orange flower water, half an orange slice, and a stemmed cherry. The cherry is optional. This recipe inspired me to begin my own collection of infused liquors which I will elaborate on in January's issue.
Also included this month is one of my blogs about my dislike of office parties held in the evening.
Here's wishing you and your loved ones a joyous and safe holiday!