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Drink of the Week: Pickled Cowboy

Yeehaw! The Calgary Stampede has arrived, and with it a 10-day pass to do a lot of drinking. Some yokels might drink beer out of a sweaty cowboy boot, or sidle up to the bar for shooters with raunchy names like “Cowboy Cocksucker,” but not you, right? You’re classy. I get it. So I have just the drink for you: a Pickled Cowboy.

The Pickled Cowboy is my new favourite tequila cocktail, and perfect for sipping during the Calgary Stampede. Drink a couple and you, too, will be pickled. Yeehaw!

The Pickled Cowboy is my new fave tequila cocktail, and perfect for sipping during the Stampede. Drink a couple and you, too, will be pickled. Yeehaw!

I was introduced to this sublime drink last summer in San Antonio, Tex. when I mentioned I like tequila. There are lots of tequila-swilling cowboys down yonder in Texas, and judging from this recipe, they like them some pickling, too. Hot pickled okra juice is the preferred ingredient to pull off this cocktail properly (you can buy jars of delicious pickled okra in most Walmarts in southern U.S. states). Failing that, use the juice of hot pickled beans, or similar.

As for the taste of my new fave tequila bevvy? Not unlike a spicy, somewhat pickled margarita, with a dash of sweet, fresh-squeezed O.J. that makes all the difference. And remember, “Pickled Cowboy” is a play on words — you will become what you drink after a couple of these bad (cow)boys during the Calgary Stampede. Giddy up!

Giddy up and go Stampeding after downing a couple Pickled Cowboys.

Giddy up and go Stampeding after downing a couple Pickled Cowboys.

Pickled Cowboy

  • 2 oz reposado tequila
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz hot pickled okra juice*
  • 1/2 oz agave syrup
  • 1/4 oz fresh orange juice
  • Salt for rimming glass
  • Pickled okra* and orange wedge garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, lime juice, hot pickled okra juice, agave syrup and orange juice and top with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass filled with fresh crushed ice. Garnish with an orange wedge and a pickled okra*.

*Pickled okra is not available in Canada. Instead, use the juice from a jar of hot pickled beans (or similar), and sub in a pickled bean or asparagus garnish.

— Recipe courtesy San Antonio, Tex. resident Annice Hill

Get “Sledgehammered” with this wine for men

With a motto of “No Sipping. No Swirling.” a new Canadian red wine by Treasury Wine Estates called Sledgehammer is hoping to win over the scores of Canadian men out there who like wine but worry about its reputation as a “woman’s drink.” Earnest about cementing its reputation as a manly wine, the wine label even had Leger Marketing conduct a survey to find out about perceptions surrounding men and wine.

First, it helps if the wine label is manly. No pictures of chatueax or cute Aussie animals, please.

The bottle means business. Courtesy, Sledgehammer.

 But the real meat of the survey revealed that 76 per cent of Canadian men like drinking wine, as compared with 73 per cent of women.  Also, nearly four in 10 men agree there is a stereotype that wine is a woman’s drink. What’s more, 76 per cent of men believe that “some men fake their wine knowledge” (you know who you are), and nearly 60 per cent of men admit to feeling pressure to drink a “manly” drink when they “come of age.”

The arrival of Sledgehammer on the Canadian wine scene is also welcome news for fledling bromances as the survey found men would be more likely to give a “fella” a bottle of wine if they knew it was “made for guys” (no more awkward moments when your pal removes the bottle from the gift bag because — finally! — something other than pink Zinfandel).

As interesting as all this may be, I have some alternate solutions. First, you could just show up with a six-pack of Guinness. Most people agree that’s a beer for dudes. Second, try ordering an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, two very masculine classic cocktails (the Don Draper character from Mad Men prefers an Old Fashioned, if that helps). Finally, if it must be wine, check out Sinister Hand, a red blend from the Owen Roe Winery in Oregon. No one would dispute its label is “manly.”

Sweet, a bloody severed hand! How masculine is that? Courtesy, Owen Roe.