The White Lady has got to be the cocktail that you simply must dress up for. As a child I remember watching my mother’s friends arriving in their pillbox hats and lace gloves, it seemed all very ‘sophisticated darling’. If you’re having a party then why not make it an occasion and dress the part?

I have come across various different recipes and they are all pretty much the same. However what I have realised, is that the difference comes with the preparation of the drink. What follows is a scaled down version which I do and to be totally honest it does not in my opinion have any adverse effects to the end product.
I make it this way all the time and it works for me.

Serves 4

Ingredients

100 ml Plymouth gin(you can use any other i just prefer the taste to this one.)
100 ml Cointreau
50ml Lemon Juice
50 ml Lime Juice
4 tablespoons caster sugar
Crushed ice cubes

Equipment

Cocktail Shaker
Small jug
mixer
4 Chilled glasses

Method

Juice the lemons and limes and then pour into the jug through a sieve (by doing this you will not have any pieces of the fruit in your drink). Add the caster sugar and stir until it has dissolved.

Measure your Gin and put it into the shaker along with the citrus juice and sugar mix.
Add the ice cubes.

Shake over ice and then pour into your chilled glasses.
If you want to garnish your cocktail then lightly beat an egg white in a dish and dip the glasses rim down into it, next dip the rim into some sugar.(It goes with out saying that you should do this before you pour the cocktail into the glass.)

Variations

Once you have caught the bug, cocktail making is addictive. If you like the White Lady and lets be honest it’s hard not to, it is extremely refreshing. The citrus contrasts wonderfully with the warmness of the gin and unlike a lot of other cocktails the White Lady is not sickly sweet.
So Why not try making the Pink Lady. The key ingredients are very similar to the White Lady, so you can be sure that you will like it. However the Grenadine Syrup adds a slight tint to the liquid and a rather interesting taste.

Ingredients

100 ml Gin
4 Tablespoons Caster Sugar
100 ml Lemon or Lime Juice
A splash of Grenadine Syrup
4 Maraschino Cherries

Equipment

Cocktail Shaker
Small jug
4 Chilled glasses

Method

Juice your lemons or limes however do not combine the two as with the Whit Lady as the citrus flavours will be too over powering. Pour into the jug through a sieve. Add the caster sugar and stir until it has dissolved.

Measure your Gin and put it into the shaker along with the citrus juice and sugar mix, Grenadine Syrup and ice cubes.

Shake over ice and then pour into your chilled glasses and drop a Maraschino cherry into the glass as a garnish.

Reference:
1. White Lady – Wikipedia
2. Delilah Cocktail or White Lady Cocktail Gin Recipe – Cocktails

The Bloody Mary is probably THE classic cocktail – vying for the title with the fantastic Martini.  It is a bloody mess, to be honest – as the drink has so many different recipes and variants as part of the legacy that the original drink has lost all meaning.  Some re-named variants include the Bloody Bull (with beef consommé), Bloody Joseph (with Scotch), Bloody Maria (with Tequila) and the Bloody Shame (no alcohol!).

The original Bloody Mary is wonderful – bearing little resemblance to what is usually served up nowadays in bars all over the world.  As is the case with many cocktails, the origins are unclear – but the most widely accepted story is that the Bloody Mary was created in 1921 by Fernand Petiot, bartender at The New York Bar, a favourite celebrity haunt at the time.  The name likely derives not from the tyrannical Queen Mary I of England but from waitress known to one of Petiot’s regulars; the drink apparently reminded them of this waitress (called Mary, in case you were wondering).

♦ Method

The original recipe was very similar to the following; it packs a lot more punch than modern derivatives; it is not garnished with celery as it is likely a later addition, plucked from a bartender’s observation of a woman stirring a random drink with a stick of celery. Enjoy! (in moderation).

2 shots overproof (100 proof) vodka.  The most readily available is the menacing Absolut 100 (black label).

2 shots tomato juice (thick)

0.25 shot lemon juice

5 dashes Worcestershire Sauce

4 pinches salt

2 pinches Cayenne pepper

1 pinch black pepper (ground)

Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and gently stir or roll to mix.  Strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass, rimmed with salt and pepper.  No other garnish is needed.

Reference:
1. Bloody Mary (cocktail)
2. Classic Bloody Mary Recipe – Liquor.com

Decalcification is where by the teeth lose calcium and to fix it, visit your dentist to perform professional cleaning at least every 3 months. Brush and Floss your teeth every each meal to eliminate plaque buildup and improve your oral hygiene. Rub a tooth mousse on your teeth like fluoride treatments daily to protect your teeth and prevent decay.

Photo Credit:

ernestmccallum.com source

Further Reading:

What is tooth decalcification? – http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-tooth-decalcification

You can count to 10 in Welsh by pronouncing the following ‘dim’ for 0, ‘un’ for 1, ‘dau’ for 2, ‘tri’ for 3, ‘pedwar’ for 4, ‘pump’ for 5, ‘chwech’ for 6, ‘saith’ for 7, ‘with’ for 8, ‘naw’ for 9 and ‘deg’ for 10. The Welsh language is spoken by about 600,000 people and it is a member of the Brythonic branch of the Celtic languages spoken natively in Wales.

Photo Credit:

rebloggy.com link

Further Reading:

How do you count from 1 to 10 in Welsh? – http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_count_from_1_to_10_in_Welsh