The AA Journey – Efunsola Osiyoye
It’s no news that I love my drinks, in this case Alcohol. Now, I do not like or enjoy the spinning effect of over consuming alcohol so I stay away from getting to that level but I love the different flavours and textures each brings to my taste buds. It remains one of the major component of my grocery list every month. I love my cocktails, smoothails, BBQ etc. People sometimes wonder if you ever get tired of consuming alcohol, I think it is possible. There was once a time I just got tired of alcohol that even a shot irritated me, hence I took a compulsory alcohol vacation. Now that I am back from my vacation, I am pleased to share my favourite drinks with you.
Made from grapes which are fermented, pressed, aged, filtered and bottled for our enjoyment. Ageing affects the taste of the wine greatly. Some people prefer the fresh taste of wine (just give them the wine as soon as it’s bottled) and some prefer the aged/ matured wine. Efunsola doesn’t mind both; they come in handy at different occasions and situations. It is technically fruit juice.
It took me a while to get the pronunciation right but glory to God, I found Victory; it’s teˈkila just in case you are wondering. This wonderful creation of the Mexicans got it’s name from the home town it came from Santiago de Tequila. It is made from the blue agave plant which is baked, mashed, juiced, fermented, distilled and bottled. This process produces the silver tequila but ageing the tequila in wooded barrels changes the colour and improves tastes and aroma. Gold tequila may involve addition of some other components such as grain alcohol or caramel. Traditionally, tequila is taken neat but some people add salt and a lime wedge and we can’t deny the goodness of the cocktails produced with this God’s gift to men; who really can argue with margaritas. But be careful with Tequila, it creeps up on you slowly and hits you hard in ways you won’t understand; it has made some grown men cry (just kidding).
Favourite of the lot, particularly scotch. Whiskey is made from fermented grain mash ( bailey, corn rye, wheat). This is distilled and then aged in wooden cask. The ageing process contributes to the final aroma, colour and taste of the whiskey. Scotch for example has to be aged for a minimum of 3 years in oak casks; it is like the law. Whiskey is a world wide drink as each country have their own version of it. there is the American, Irish, English, Scotch, Japanese, Canadian etc. it’s like the world’s most popular alcohol and it absorbs spices really well, no wonder it is the most commonly used in food preparation from cakes, to meat, to BBQs etc. It is also a good base for cocktails and blends when with other flavours. Whiskey is like that new cool guy in high school that hits it off with everyone and loved by everyone.
The very old friend that is always there for you even when you choose new friends over it. It never gets upset but welcomes you with open arms especially if you bring along one of it’s old friends, Mr. Tonic. Gin is made from Juniper Berries (another fruit juice, lol) but over time, different ways of creating gin came up but the berries still remain one of the major ingredients. Gin has been used in herbal concoctions both home and abroad for years and way before people started drinking it socially. It’s also a good base for cocktails as well but the Gin and Tonic is still my favourite.
My favourite ex, can’t remember when or why we fell out but we just did. Made mostly from sugarcane products. This is hands down owned by the Caribbeans and Latin Americans. There are the different varieties of Rum, the light, golden and dark. I prefer the golden and dark versions, they blend well with some spices and perfect with cakes especially fruit cakes. Rum is generally an island and sea drink and has been associated with the sea life from the navy, to pirates etc. The quality of rum depends on the quality and type of sugarcane used. Rum is also a good base for cocktails, just imagine going on a summer vacation to an island without pina colada or a daiquiri.
So these are a few of my favourite things.
You will notice that there’s no vodka on the list, well I do not like vodka, it is trash.
I will also be sharing my punch recipe with you.
Punched by Efunsola
1 part red wine
1 part rum
1 part orange juice
1 part pineapple juice
fruit slices – apples, oranges, lemon, strawberries etc.
Combine all together and let them hangout together in the refrigerator for about 24 hours or more if you want. Serve cold.
Remember, drink responsibly.