Friday, December 2, 2011

Firewater Friday - Bobbing for apples

Bob's your uncle . . . now there’s an interesting phrase . . . well, an interjection really.  If you’re not familiar with the expression it’s totally a Brit thing but it’s been around for over a hundred years and it’s used fairly commonly . . . across the pond.

It’s tacked on to the end of a sentence kind of like “that’s it!” to show how easy it is to do something.  Like making toast . . .  “Simply put a slice of bread in the toaster, push down the lever, and Bob’s your uncle.”

As the story goes, in the 1880’s there was a British Prime Minister by the name of Robert Cecil who appointed his unqualified and unpopular “nephew” Arthur Balfour . . . nephew is in quotes because back in the day that is how gentlemen referred to their bastard sons . . . to a series of high level government positions. 

Arty probably would not have risen so highly through the political ranks without the assistance of his prominent “uncle”.  But, Bob was his uncle which assured his success.

It could also derive from the slang phrase ‘all is bob’ meaning that everything is copacetic but that’s not as much fun and not nearly as colorful.

So, there you have it!

Candy Apple Martini

1 Fluid Ounce Vanilla Vodka
1 Fluid Ounce Apple Vodka
1 Fluid Ounce Butterscotch Schnapps
1 Fluid Ounce Cranberry Juice
1 Fluid Ounce Apple Juice

I used Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and Asolute Orient Apple Vodka.

Pour the vodka, apple vodka, butterscotch schnapps, and juices into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

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