Kid Curry Cocktail or BlogHer Food Pity Party 2011 & Creating Drinks Based On Your Own Bitter Tears

The cool kids might be in Atlanta (every time a BlogHer Food attendee refers to it as Hawt-Lanta, God kills a kitten) this weekend for BlogHer Food but the fool kids (AKA The Most Awesome Sauce Drunks in the Universe) will be partying it up at home, with only our bitter tears and our loneliness to keep us company.

The BlogHer Food Pity Party is where those of us who can’t attend BlogHer Food commiserate with one another.  One of my favorite cooking couples is the host of this debauched party of loneliness and bitterness.  You’ll find us on Twitter tweeting with the hashtag #bhf11pp. And crying into our booze.

Last year, I discovered the BlogHer Food Pity Party community the day before the conference.  This year, I was more prepared.  Besides making a hairshirt, there are a few things that you can do to make your Pity Party experience even fuller.  Let me guide you.

First off, you really need to make sure you’re in the right mindset.  I suggest listening to this song repeatedly.

Since the world is going to end during BlogHer Food, get prepped by listening to this:

Follow this up by listening to Ke$he.  Because she sucks and so do you.

The only way to show those foodies at BlogHer Food that you don’t need them is to outdo them at their own game.  Make your most elegant dish and serve it with a very fine wine.  Let me make a pictorial menu suggestion:

You’re going to want to be comfortable, yet professional looking while BHFPP11 is going on.  You’ll never have a better chance to make a good impression so dress sharp.  As a guide, here’s what I wore last year:

Crafting is never amiss when it comes to BHFPP11.  I’ve been hard at work on my project.

Beverages are a very integral part of BHFPP11.  Sure, you could slum it with a boring margarita or martini but why not get fancy pants about it?  Show all those BlogHer Food attendees you don’t need them and the buckets of awesome sauce swag they’re about to get because you’ve got fancy-schmancy drinks.  Don’t you and your liver deserve it?

Enter the Kid Curry.  I first had one of these at Knox Public House.  This is my favorite bar in Knoxville.  Every Thursday they have an artisanal cocktail and Laura, the owner, created this drink for one of those Thursdays.  Lavender syrup, lemon juice and my favorite bourbon, Buffalo Trace, come together into a magical elixir that takes the pain away.

This is the kind of drink you start out BHFPP11 with.  This is a drink that says that you’re cool and sophisticated.  This is a drink that says “Hey – I could totally go to BlogHer Food if I wanted to.  I choose not to.”

After three or four of these drinks, you’ll be able to convince yourself that when the world ends on Saturday you’d much rather be at home, dressed in baggy sweats with Cheeto stains, finishing off leftover Chinese food than living it up at the after parties at BlogHer Food.

After five or six of these drinks, you’ll be convinced that your genius idea to put out a couple pairs of shoes and clothes in the yard on Saturday will totally fool your neighbors into believing that you got raptured up while they were left behind.  And that kind of brilliance took the act of missing BlogHer Food in order to come to fruition.

It’s later on when all your hopes and dreams have died that you start cracking into the Cardbordeaux and MadDog.  The only cocktail mixing you’ll need to do with these babies is letting your bitter, bitter tears fall into the glass.

 

The Kid Curry Cocktail
Adapted from Mockingbird Events

2.5 ox Buffalo Trace
1 oz lavender syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice

Shake all items together in a cocktail shaker with a little ice. Strain and serve.

Lavender Syrup:
1 cup water
1/4 cup lavender blossoms (I used fresh blossoms, use 2-3 tablespoons dried)
2 cups sugar

Bring water and lavender blossoms to a boil.  Stir in sugar and remove from heat once it’s fully dissolved. Let cool and refrigerate for three days.  Strain lavender out. You can use the syrup immediately but I like it best once it’s steeped a little.

31 Comments on Kid Curry Cocktail or BlogHer Food Pity Party 2011 & Creating Drinks Based On Your Own Bitter Tears

  1. Genie
    May 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm (4 years ago)

    OK, this cocktail sounds awesome…and your post just made me laugh out loud during a BlogHer Food session. (Apologies to the speakers. Ahem.)

    Damn. I SO wish you were here. With enough of that cocktail to share, of course. ;-)

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    • Kristina
      May 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm (4 years ago)

      Genie – I promise to drink some for you. Soon……very, very soon. We will booze it up and make multiple playlists together.

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  2. Kat
    May 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm (4 years ago)

    I love that cocktail! I just had my first one at the Public House last week, and had to come back for more this week. Now I’m seeking a lavender plant just so I can make lavender syrup, and then this cocktail.

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    • Kristina
      May 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm (4 years ago)

      Kat – you can make it with dried lavender. The Three Rivers Coop has it in the bulk spices.

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      • Kat
        May 20, 2011 at 3:17 pm (4 years ago)

        Of course! But I’m sure it won’t be quite the same…

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  3. Grace
    May 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm (4 years ago)

    Hilarious! I live in, ahem, Hawt-Lanta (Sorry kitty!) and I’m taking my self off to SC for the weekend to slave away in my garden and drink in solitary loserdom since I’m not one of the cool girls. I’ll toast you at some point before passing out in a pool of vomit while wearing my oldest and most stained nightie, a tiara, and my Winnie the Pooh garden clogs. I’ll be too far out in the sticks for my neighbors to see my Rapture clothing tableau, though. Maybe I could just make one in their yard? To assure my loser status is iron-clad and irredeemable, I will then indulge in that one activity that is most unbecoming to middle-aged women. Yep. I’m talking about drunken solitary cow-tipping. Hey Y’all! Watch this! Start collecting bail money now, please.

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m sorry Grace but God just had to kill another kitten. Think of the kittens Grace. But don’t worry about the cows. Cows are assholes. Tip away.

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  4. erik.ellestad
    May 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm (4 years ago)

    As someone who is usually excluded from the parties surrounding my particular area of blogspertise due to pesky things like a family, a job, and a perennial lack of vacation days, I applaud your bitterness and humor. The drink sounds good too. Carry on!

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm (4 years ago)

      I always get excluded by this pesky thing called lack of funds. Probably because I spend it all on cocktails.

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  5. Dana
    May 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh the craft project. That sent me over the edge. This is brilliant! I wish I could cry bitter tears along with you!

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm (4 years ago)

      Dana – I’m working on an automated moonshine cherry feeder for my next project! Miss you!

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  6. Cooks_Books
    May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm (4 years ago)

    So funny! This drink looks delicious. And I even have fresh lavender in my garden. Still, I think this is way too fancy for me this weekend with #BHF11PP. Light beer may be as good as it gets. Next weekend, on the other hand…

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:33 pm (4 years ago)

      See, you start with the fancy drinks and devolve into Wild Irish Rose as your self-respect empties away with your booze.

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  7. Barbara | Creative Culinary
    May 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm (4 years ago)

    I made a lavender lemon martini last year but it was too wonderful to drink during a Pity Party…and what’s really pitiful is that I don’t know what Buffalo Trace is but now want some. There is a reason I grow lavender and it’s not for sachets.

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Barb – I love it. I’ve never been a bourbon fan. Love this stuff so much. Total vanilla overtones to it.

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  8. Amy K.
    May 20, 2011 at 6:26 pm (4 years ago)

    awesome awesome AWESOME! glad i’m not in hawtlanta (not a cat person). great visuals!

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm (4 years ago)

      Amy – why won’t you think about the kittens? Why?!!

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  9. Amy
    May 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

    Glad to see your words again. xo

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks babe. Glad to be putting them back on screen.

      Reply
  10. Darlynne
    May 21, 2011 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)

    I don’t even know what’s going on in Atlanta with BlogHer, but THIS party is clearly the place to be. Love the logo, the drinks, the clothes, and the rapture tableau is genius. Thank you for making my (possibly last )Saturday so much fun.

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:44 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m pretty sure that we have almost as much fun as the people at the real conference. And we can drink more. Looks like we have until 2012 now!

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  11. Paula
    May 21, 2011 at 11:04 am (4 years ago)

    Oh shit. It’s eight o’clock on Saturday morning and now I want Taco Hell.

    Not exactly what I had in mind for my last meal.

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

      You still have time! Unless you got raptured and if so, I hear heaven has a Taco Bell on every corner.

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  12. Treva
    May 23, 2011 at 9:18 am (4 years ago)

    I could not stop laughing while I read this post! Love the wine craft!

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    • Kristina
      May 23, 2011 at 5:45 pm (4 years ago)

      I’m hoping Martha invites me on her show to show how easy these are to make!

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  13. Amy Deal
    May 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm (4 years ago)

    I am laughing MAO. The Bota box with the ginormous straw is the best thing I’ve seen all week. I used to blog @ http://www.frombottle2box.com , but got bored (and entered Betty Ford JK) – I’m now ID10T Mom – My hubby and I ALWAYS have a big box of wine in our fridge. I’m gonna pop a straw in one and watch his reaction.

    BTW, I went to BlogHerFood – It was great, but I would have loved attending your virtual pity party! You’re blog is great fun. Can’t wait to read more!

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    • Kristina
      May 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Amy – my extensive testing led me to the solution of using a empty Pixie Stix for the straw. You just can’t get enough suckage from a normal straw.

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  14. The Modern Gal
    May 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm (4 years ago)

    This is awesome. I’ll be sure to whip up a few when I host my own BlogHer Pity Party in August.

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    • Kristina
      May 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm (4 years ago)

      I think we should do that together. We can drunk tweet while drinking sweet, sweet cocktails.

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  15. The Modern Gal
    May 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm (4 years ago)

    Drunk tweeting is my favorite, and I haven’t done it much lately. Needs to be remedied

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