Booze year resolutions

- January 4th, 2012

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It’s that time of year again, when people start laying out how they’ll better themselves in the new year.

Lose weight, read more, eat better, stop smoking, and so on.

I’ve never been one for resolutions, at least not setting out on them at the new year, maybe because I’ve had one too many failed promises to myself to bother with more.

But for you scoundrels out there, I’ve decided to make an exception. Trust me, it’ll be more work for me, but better for you readers. But I am fallible, so don’t be surprised if I don’t follow through on everything. Maybe some of you will see something you might like to do, and take some of the load off me.

First and foremost, I hope to write more on 2012, both here and at Breaken It Down.

To accommodate that, I’ll need to follow through on at least a few of the following:

1. Try something new every time I’m at the liquor store. I have my favourites, as we all do, especially when it comes to beer and wine. I love Canadian breweries, and tend not to stray, other than my love of Guinness. Same goes with B.C. wineries. But I vow to branch out. And I’m happy for any suggestions any of you may have.

2. Reacquaint myself with my love of gin. Despite being solely a beer drinker for the first couple of years after I turned 18, gin and tonic became my drink of choice for years. Once I started working at the Sun, and started partaking in post-work drinks, beer re-entered my life through shared pitchers. I think it’s time to rediscover gin’s fragrant botanicals.

3. Give Rye and Irish whiskies more of a chance. I love, LOVE, Scotch and I’m a fan of a good bourbon too. But I’ve never really taken the time to appreciate a good Canadian whisky, or seeing what Ireland had to offer other than Jameson. And as I’ve been reading, there’s good reason to start now.

4. Learning how to make some good cocktails. I was at a whisky tasting late last year, and in advance of the sampling, there were a couple of drinks on offer, including a mojito make with scotch. And it was delicious. Being a beer and wine drinker, primarily, I’ve never given much thought to messing about with cocktail recipes. But everyone should have a couple of tricks up their sleeves, right?

5. I promise to learn more. This is for my benefit, as well as yours. I need to read more, go to more events and tastings, and learn about the processes behind the beverages. It’s not good enough just to drink and enjoy, I need more understanding.

And what do you scoundrels vow to make part of your boozy exploits this year?

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