Stylish Cup and Glass Holders!

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A friend of mine brought my attention to these stylish cup and glass holders, which you can use as gifts or bring along to a party and they allow you to carry a bottle or a wine glass or beverage and have hands free for cell phone, etc. while you for example wander a street festival or exhibition hall.

I think these are great gifts!

They are very stylish and comes in many different fabrics, sizes and color combinations. These are hand crafted by Caroline Hallak and are sold online at and they also ship to Europe and worldwide.

Here are some pics I took of them in person, they are pretty nice and cool!

Big bottle bag red

Red rosy and orange bottle bag, perfect for example a bottle of wine or why not rum?

Bottle bag black and pink

Here`s black and old fashioned pink, glass and bottle holder.

Shot glass bags

Little shot glass holders….

Bottle bag gold 5

Gold…for a bottle of champagne maybe?

Shotglass bags and beer bag

Bring that beer with you….

Aren`t these nice?


It`s all about our beers…

It´s soon time for the “The Kindness of Strangers Beer Event” at the Avenue Pub in New Orleans. When i came back from Nola in august there was a Nola festival here at Akkurat Bar and Restaurant with Abita and Nola Brewing beers, Louisiana inspired menu and the yearly crawfish boils turned Louisiana style too, heck they even threw a belated Mardi Gras party! that´s not exactly what i expected to happen here coming back after almost a month in Nola. It´s actually the first time it happens and i hope it will be a tradition.

Now it´s time to send back those empty beer barrels this time filled with 18 different Swedish beers to Nola to be served at the Avenue Pub on the Swedish Beer Festival on january 21 – the first ever held in America. Also there´s gonna be a Swedsih Beer Dinner at Boucherie.

I think it´s a really cool idea to switch beers like that!

Among the beers to be served is one called the Stormaktsporter which is one of the most coveted imperial stouts in the world. It’s only available in a few places in Sweden and made in tiny batches. I have never yet tried it.

If you wanna read more about this and also see a list of the beers that are going to be served continue reading here.

Those of you my dear readers who are curious about some craft Swedish beers and living in Nola or going there in january, head over to the Avenue Pub on jan 21!

And if you go to Avenue Pub you`ll find one of my friend´s art there.

1732 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans
(Between stops #11 and #12 on the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line)


This months Mixology Monday is themed Beer Cocktails and is hosted by Cocktail Virgin Slut- thank you for hosting such a nice theme!

Yes i like the Beer Cocktail theme and since the world´s best beer (in my opinion) is in Nola where i am now what would suit me better than doing something with it for this MxMo?

It`s not very often i drink beer cocktails and if i do it´s most likely in the summer since they really are very refreshing.

This is what Fred says:

Beer has played a historical role in mixed drinks for centuries.  […] Bartenders are drawn to beer for a variety of reasons including the glorious malt and roast notes from the grain, the bitter and sometimes floral elements from the hops, the interesting sour or fruity notes from the yeast, and the crispness and bubbles from the carbonation. Beer is not just for pint glasses, so let us honor beer of all styles as a drink ingredient.

The instructions are simple: make a drink that includes beer as an ingredient (on its own, or manipulated as you see fit. Then, sit back with your beer/booze hybrid, and read the results as they come in. Sounds very good to me!

My beer cocktail of choice is the famous Michelada which i will do Nola style.

I had my first Michelada with Kaiserpenguin in New York and at first sip i thought it tasted a bit odd but then i really liked it, especially with the yummy Mexican food we had. It´s very refreshing on a hot day believe it or not with all these spices.


Ice cold abita beer of your choice
coarse salt and creole spice (for the rim)
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
1-2 dashes Louisiana or Crystal hotsauce
1-2 dashes shrimp and oyster sauce
1-2 dashes worchestshire sauce
1-3 dashes peychauds bitters on top
Chilled large beer glass or goblet
For garnish, lime and lemon peels or spent lime shell

Salt the rim of the glass by wetting the edge with some of the lime juice then dipping it into a plate with salt and creole spice.

Fill half the glass with ice and pour in the lime juice, Louisiana hotsauce, shrimp and oyster sauce and worchestshire sauce. Mix with a spoon then slowly pour in the beer. Add the lime and lemon into the glass and add a dash or two of peychauds bitters on top and serve immediately.

Like i said…this is refreshing on a hot day!

Happy Monday!



There is a beer in New Orleans – its called Abita beer…and it tastes like heaven!

Nobody who knows me good can have missed that i REALLY love me some Abita beer!

Unfortunately for me i can´t get it where i live … So when i come down to New Orleans i drink Abita (and some others like Dixie) but mostly Abita and LOTS of them! Nowhere have beer tasted better to me than in the hot humid summer heat in Nola  – Abita is THE beer.

Apparently i`m not the only one.

Abita was founded in 1986 and the Abita Brewing Company can be found 30 miles north of New Orleans on the other side of lake Pontchartrain in Abita Springs. Starting out as a microbrewery, they added a brew pub & restaurant in 1994 and is one of the oldest craft breweries in the United States.

Abita’s beer is brewed with the pure water of an artesian well in Abita Springs which was originally a Choctaw indian village taking its name from nearby medicinal springs.

Its interesting with the water, its coming from a deep well in the Southern Hills aquifer system and which in some areas is over 3,000 feet deep. The underground structures are more than five million years old!



In those structures the water is as clean as can be and is through tests also proven to be free of man-made pollutants. Surely that affects the flavor plus the fact that only natural ingredients goes into the beer which are only four main ingredients – water, barley, yeast, and hops.

They are brewing their lagers and ales in small batches and have gone from 1,500 barrels of beer a year to over 90,000 barrels of beer and 5,000 barrels of root beer. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered.

Next time i go down i wanna make a brewery tour.

They make many great varieties of this beer and wonderful seasonal brews which are harder for me to come by – but i`v e tried the Strawberry and Satsuma, both amazing beers and now they have the Pecan Harvest which i haven´t tried yet. Strawbita has just enough hints of fresh strawberries  and Satsuma is of course satsumas and both comes with a very natural and not overpowering flavor.

The regular Abita amber is also one of my favorites – it has a full aroma and a very round flavor and then there`s the Andygator, lovely raspberry flavored Purple Haze, the dark Turbodog, the SOS (Save Our Shores) Jockamo and there are more Abita beers..

Not sure how i shall be able to not drink these for a long time… when i think about Abita its like my throat all of a sudden is full of sand and very dry…i might have to try to import them.

If you go to New Orleans (or to other places in the US) do yourself a favor and try out every single Abita beer you can find and bring home as many as you can of your favorites.

You can read more about Abita on their website where the brewing process is described and there´s also a section about how to pour two beers of different densities together to layer one beer on top of the other and thus create interesting mixes in the glass and you can learn how to speed-chill beers.




When it comes to beer i`ve had a few that has been in the cathegory of those i will really remember, like the locally made Abita strawberry in New Orleans that Chuck over at Gumbopages treated us to on our walk in the heat, or the oh so lovely peach beer i had in PA. I also very much like Singha from Thailand which is in the light cathegory – perfect for hot thai food, but i also like the dark and other words – i like beer.

But there´s another one that is very special and which is a favorite and fortunately just like Singha also is available to me all the time – not an unimportant factor – and that´s the Jamaican Red Stripe. This beer is also nostalgia to me, it has been there for so many years at first introduced to me here by Caribbean friends and this really is a  good beer – one of the best.

Red Stripe is good for all occasions and is one of those things that are really useful. I was even introduced to a drink containing the unlikely combo of Redstripe and Jwray (!) courtesy Rick “Kaiserpenguin” and Robert “Drinkdogma” in the Mixoloseum House during Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans…(where else would you get to taste such a combo?) did it taste any good? Honestly i think it did actually…as much as i can recall  -  i was mostly surprised.

Both Jwray and Redstripe are from Jamaica as is Appleton, Ting, good music and some very tasty food – yes that little island produces much good things. Now…Redstripe is a great beer to drink with grilled food, like chicken jerk for example. Its amazing how well things that comes from the same place pairs together – something to think about when one is experimenting with creating cocktails with new flavors or cocktail and food pairing.


The first Red Stripe was brewed in the year 1928 in the Surrey Brewery on Pechon Street in the heart of downtown Kingston by Thomas Hargreaves Geddes and Eugene Desnoes who formed Desnoes & Geddes Company Limited. The company was originally a soft drink manufacturer that was incorporated in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1918. The first brewed Redstripe in 1928 was an ale-like beer, dark and thick and Red Stripe didn´t gain any real popularity until the recipe was changed and Red Stripe became a lager style beer.The original Surrey Brewery on Pechon Street was eventually taken down and replaced in 1958 by the modern plant at Hunt’s Bay.

Red Stripe is considered a milestone in the history of Jamaica, because in 1962 when Jamaica gained independence from Britain ”The Daily Gleaner” wrote “the real date of independence should have been 1928, when we established our self respect and self confidence through the production of a beer far beyond the capacity of mere colonial dependants.”

Red Stripe as we know it today is not the same as it was -  today it’s a light golden lager first brewed in 1934 by Paul Geddes and Bill Martindale. Desnoes & Geddes became part of the Guinness Brewing Worldwide (now DIAGEO) to distribute the yummy Red Stripe beer darling all over the world. Red Stripe beer is 4.7 percent alcohol.

Since 1976 Red Stripe has been brewed under license in the UK by the Bedford based brewers, Charles Wells. In the UK its packaged in cans. Those i buy here are sold in the original round little brown bottle with its painted label but maybe they have those too in the UK. I think this little distinctive bottle is important and the first efforts to sell this beer in the US in 1985 failed just because they tried to sell it in another type of bottle which was a green standard type of bottle That didn´t change until they started to sell it in its original bottle and with a little help of the increasing popularity of reggae.

Red Stripe is a big sponsor of reggae and ska concerts, as well as the annual Reggae Sunfest in Montego Bay. Red Stripe has also sponsored the Jamaican bobsled team and served as Caribbean regional sponsor for the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

So to refresh my memory and put some awesomeness to my day i decided to make that drink again – Redstripe and Jwray -  it cannot possibly be simpler – just add equal parts of them in a glass, make sure the beer is well chilled and then cheers!