It’s Friday and Time to Wet Your Whistle!

Yes, this was really stuck in my grill….

This is what greeted me when I arrived at my Mom’s house the other day.

I traveled about 25 minutes, first on surface streets and then on a State Route and finally an Interstate.  To say I was traveling a large part of my distance at high rates of speeds would be accurate.  Please note though, at no time was I found exceeding the posted speed limit of 65mph…..Other drivers however, were zooming by me.  If by chance, I attempted to match their speed, well that’s something I cannot confirm or deny.

It would have been more interesting if this was stuck in there….

So  it’s Friday and I now have $5 in my pocket….what a great way to jump-start the weekend!  Yeah it doesn’t get you much, but at Happy Hour that could buy your first drink.  Which brings me to the term “Wet Your Whistle”.  Every wonder of the origins?  I did, so I set my fingers a tapping and hit up Google and Bing and here is what I found……

Some sources say a whistle was baked into the rim or handle of mugs used to serve liquid refreshment. When a refill was needed, patrons would blow the whistle to get service.  From what I can tell, this is Urban Legend.  More than likely the mouth and throat were referred to as your whistle and to “Wet Your Whistle” would mean to have a drink.  I came by this info from a really cool website called Graham’s Random Ramblings.  I found the site to be quite interesting as it is devoted to the origins and meanings of expressions and words.  Yeah, it’s a bit geeky but I’m into that stuff.

Another site I came across is Wet Your Whistles.  This couple is dedicated to discovering food and beverage along the San Francisco Bay Area Caltrain railway, which is in Northern California (the place where my heart lives).  From San Jose you can hop on and travel to SF – no DD needed!  Now that’s my kind of fun!  The next time you’re in the area, check them out – they also rate the food and booze!

Should you choose to stay in this Friday, here is a cocktail recipe from Purity Vodka to get weekend started.  You can also check out one of my earlier post on St. Germain elderflower liqueur….

Ellinge Flower

3 oz Purity Vodka
3/8 oz elderflower liqueur
3/8 oz lemon juice
1 bar spoon apricot preserves

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake until ice-cold.
Double strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with small, white flowers.

Not to be forgotten is the music…..enjoy Whistle by Flo Rida as you are sipping your Ellinge Flower martini.

So let’s get the weekend started and wet that whistle!  What are some of your favorite weekend cocktails?

Cheers to you!

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9 thoughts on “It’s Friday and Time to Wet Your Whistle!

  1. Pingback: Calling All Wine Ninjas « The Food and Wine Hedonist

  2. Once I bought a pair of jeans at Buffalo Exchange and there was $20 in the pocket. The jeans only cost me $10. I hope you spend that $5 on a glass of wine at Postinos… cheers! 🙂

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