Dairy Barn

Pabu gazes patiently at The Dairy Barn cocktail on the counter.

More rotten hard-boiled eggs! I don’t know why that’s happened to us again, but it’s good news for Pabu!

One of the eggs and some milk went in the blender, which is one of Pabu’s favorite things now. He used to run outside because of the noise, but now he comes running toward the kitchen to see what I’m making him.

Happy Hour came early today, too, for this lucky guy. I don’t think it was even 9:00 am when I served this up.

He loved it, of course. I garnished with a pumpkin-shaped dog biscuit.

Ingredients

  • 1 hard-boiled egg, no longer fit for human consumption

  • A little milk

  • Pumpkin dog biscuit (garnish)

Directions

  • Blend the egg and milk in the blender until satisfied.
  • Garnish and beware of the odor of eggs…this is a treat that only a dog could love.
Thoroughly enjoyed on November 27, 2021

Manic Monday

Pabu the dog stares down the Manic Monday dog cocktail.

Indoor Dining!

Elizabeth and I went out to a restaurant for dinner. This is something we used to enjoy pre-pandemic, but we’ve cut out indoor dining for many months now. Although this wasn’t the very first time either of us had been inside a restaurant, it’s new enough that we still feel out of practice.

So out of practice, in fact, that I forgot how to order! As a vegetarian, there’s a small amount of extra attention that needs to be paid to menus. Sometimes that means asking an extra question about ingredients, or whether a dish can be made without meat. It’s not a big deal; it’s a matter of course. But it’s been so long that I forgot all that!

That’s how I ended up with large chunks of thick-cut bacon in my pasta. It wasn’t a problem, but it’s a habit I’ll have to relearn. In any case, with a small pile of bacon on a side plate, I asked for a box to bring it home to Pabu.

Pabu, meet Bacon.

It was a reaaaaal treat for him. Elizabeth said it was the first time that he’d had bacon in his life. He’s cautious as a rule when it comes to new food – which doesn’t seem very dog-like to me, but we all know that Pabu’s always been a gentleman. He approaches very slowly, sniffing lightly, then gently touches the proffered treat several times with his tongue. Then he’ll decide that it’s delicious and will devour it, usually running it over to his “treat rug” (that usually means the rug by the dining room table) so that no one will steal it from him.

I put the bacon in the blender and added hot water to make a little broth. In keeping with the meat theme, I garnished with a beef stick.

I don’t think he ever finished his cocktail this quickly.

Ingredients

  • Thick-cut bacon leftovers

  • Hot water

  • Favorite beef stick (garnish)

Directions

  • Add bacon and water to blender; watch your dog come running.
  • Garnish with favorite treat and watch them go nuts!
Loved on November 22, 2021

The Impostor

Pabu the dog eyes two Imposter drinks in malt glasses, garnished with ice cream, cookies and straws.

Remember the non-alcoholic version of the Candy Corn? I made a simple syrup out of boiling candy corn candy in water. It was a beautiful orange color, but I made a little too much. That was the theme of Halloween this year at Pandemic Pub; we made new cocktails with our novelty Halloween leftovers with the Lychee Martini (leftovers from the Killer Clown), Día de los Muertos (descended from the Candy Corn) from and here’s one more.

Since this was already non-alcoholic, I decided to keep it a mocktail, and serve to our favorite minors. I enjoyed glamming it up, and this is one fun-loving, soda fountain-style drink! A float, in fact.

Once again, you can see Pabu supervising the making of the cocktails. Who’s the impostor?

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Non-alcoholic candy corn simple syrup (see the Candy Corn)

  • 5 oz. Seltzer, with several drops of French Vanilla stevia added

  • Scoop of Monster Cookie ice cream

  • Garnished with TJ’s Halloween Joe-Joe’s

Directions

  • Pour orange simple syrup into tall glasses.
  • Add sweetened seltzer.
  • Add ice cream and watch it fizz up!
  • Garnish with cookie, and add a straw and spoon – soda fountain-style. Cheers!
Enjoyed on November 8, 2021

Killer Clown (October 31, 2021)

The Killer Clown mocktail features garnishes that look like bloody eyeballs.

This mocktail is back by popular demand! Last year’s Killer Clown may look a little different, but it’s essentially the same: cider steeped with Hot Tamales candy and garnished with bloody eyeballs.

The infusion process took a couple of days, but is very simple. I poured all the candy in a carafe and set it on the windowsill. I stirred every now and then. Once the red color had left the candies, I figured there was nothing left to infuse, so at that point, I drained the white candies and left the liquid, which now had absorbed the cinnamon flavor and spice.

The garnish is the fun part! I usually like to use fresh fruit if I can, but this time of year, canned lychees are in season. Use a small spoon to coax some red jam into the empty lychee (the pit is gone). Don’t be fussy because any spillage suits the occasion! Use enough to fill the pit area about halfway, then place a blueberry in after the jam. It will all squish around delightfully. I like to face the bottom of the blueberry outward because it carries the suggestion of a pupil, and the fat part of the blueberry will create some friction inside the lychee and hold itself in place.

Ingredients

  • Spiced apple cider

  • 1 container Hot Tamales candy

  • Lychees, pitted

  • Red fruit jam

  • Blueberries

Directions

  • Fill a carafe or other container with the cider and a full package of the candies. Let it sit and steep for as long as desired. To get the full flavor, I waited a couple of days, until the candies had no more color.
  • Strain out the candies when done infusing/steeping. They will look disgusting, but don’t think about that…
  • Assemble the eyeball garnishes by stuffing the lychees with red jam (about half-full), then gently pushing a blueberry in on top.
  • Garnish and enjoy!
Enjoyed on October 31, 2021

The White Hen Pantry (October 31, 2021)

Pabu the dog licks his lips in front of his garnished cocktail.

This dog cocktail was such a winner with Pabu that we served it up two days in a row!

Folks, I cannot tell a lie…while that is certainly true, it’s also true that this dog cocktail stunk to high heaven and I needed to get it out of the fridge. Pronto.

It didn’t matter to Pabu; he loves Happy Hour and doesn’t mind the same cocktail twice.

Ingredients

  • Chicken broth and fat, which have all inexplicably started to go bad

  • Hardboiled eggs, ditto

Directions

  • I only had to take the blended mixture out of the fridge, since we’d served Pabs half yesterday. But easy enough to make again: put all in the blender!
  • Garnish with a beef stick and enjoy!
Gobbled up on October 31, 2021

The White Hen Pantry

If there were a category for “Something Only a Dog Could Love” – this would be it, folks.

We keep chicken broth for Pabu’s food, and it was starting to turn a little bit. Not enough that a dog’s stomach couldn’t handle it, but enough to let us know to hurry it out of the fridge. The same was true for some hard-boiled that I’d just made. No idea why they’d be turning too, but this is just the kind of opportunity that Pabu waits for.

The lucky guy got a pretty stinky cocktail which he really liked. There were so many puns available, based on the chicken and egg theme, but we ultimately went with White Hen Pantry as a nod to our Chicago-area roots.

Ingredients

  • Stinky chicken broth

  • Suspiciously stinky hard-boiled eggs

Directions

  • Throw everything in the blender.
  • Garnish with a dog treat and watch your pup enjoy!
Gobbled up on October 30, 2021

Pooch Punch on the Porch

Bruno and Whiskey separately drink their dog cocktails!

This road trip has allowed the Pandemic Pub to bring cocktails to more dogs! We love it!

Here are Bruno and Whiskey, who have been friends of the Pandemic Pub from way back. I’m delighted to finally make them an original Pandemic Pub cocktail.

Mark, their dad, advised about their palate and preferences, and together we constructed this cocktail. I was never one who enjoyed salami, but this cocktail smelled pretty good, all things considered. It was a huge hit!

Even though Bruno and Whiskey are best friends, Mark suggested that we separate them, so a dog fight didn’t ruin Happy Hour. He was right because you can see Bruno’s intense stare over at Whiskey’s cocktail. Bruno was quick to finish his, while Whiskey took his time. Whiskey’s a gentleman.

My friend Whiskey. He ran out of a wildfire and leapt into a fireman’s arms. He was named after the quadrant of the fire where Gary rescued him.
My friend Bruno, Whiskey’s brother. He’s a big, unapologetic baby, and I love him.

Bruno was so eager – and noisy! Check him out, eying Whiskey’s remaining cocktail.

In case anyone is wondering, I played the videos after everyone went to bed, for my own enjoyment. This woke Bruno out of a deep sleep, and he whirled around to see where the sound of a dog slurping up a cocktail was coming from!

Ingredients

  • Salami slices, about 7 oz.

  • Chicken buillon, about 2 Tbsp.

  • 1 c. water

  • 5 carrots

  • 1 egg

  • Garnish – dog biscuits and beef jerky

Directions

  • Put all ingredients (except garnishes) in blender. Add more water if needed, to thin out mixture.
  • Garnish with biscuits and jerky.
  • This recipe makes two – separate the pups if you need to, and watch them enjoy!
Gobbled up on September 27, 2021

Who’s a Good Boy?

Pabu is trying so hard to be a good boy!!
Yes, you are a good boy!!

Over here at the Pandemic Pub, it was about time to spoil our dog again!

We had some leftover pumpkin purée from Pabu’s birthday, which I combined with the grease left in the pan from when we made Beyond Burgers. And if you think a dog might not like grease from vegetarian burgers – well, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong.

I was hoping this would have a nice sweet-savory contrast between the pumpkin and the salty grease. We garnished with his preferred beef medallion (a new brand; he still loves it) and that’s how we kept our dog happy this week at the Pandemic Pub!

You can see him enjoying his cocktail below. He loves to take the garnish and run away with it. We always laugh about this…as if we would take it back!

Ingredients

  • Pumpkin purée, approx 1 c.

  • Pan grease (ours was from vegetarian burgers), approx 3 Tbsp

  • Broth, enough to thin the mixture

  • Beef medallion, to garnish

Directions

  • Put all ingredients except for garnish into a blender. Blend; thin as needed.
  • Garnish with Pabu’s favorite treat.
  • Watch in adoration as he gets excited about his cocktail.
Lapped up on September 12, 2021

Dr. Juice

Dr. Juice is a super-fun mocktail that's slightly pink and garnished with a straw and a Swedish fish.

It was Pabu’s birthday! Aside from Pabu’s Birthday Boy cocktail, the humans in the crowd were also thirsty for some festive, fun drinks.

Enter Dr. Juice, the mocktail I made for Max and his friend Finn, who baked Pabu’s birthday cake together.

I wanted their mocktail to look and taste fun. My idea was to go more or less for a creamsicle flavor. It’s a bit hard to tell from this photo, because the sun was going down and kitchen lights were casting a yellowish glow on everything, but this drink is slightly pink. Add the fun straws, and a garnish of Swedish fish, and we had a hit.

The boys kept trying to guess what was in the drink. Everything from coconut (no) to raspberry (no). Stevia (no). Fruit (yes). Sugar (probably, but none that I added).

Max called it one of my very best.

Ingredients

  • Vanilla protein shake (16 oz, or 1 1/2 cartons)

  • Juice from 2 large navel oranges

  • 3 Tbsp grenadine

  • Garnish: Swedish fish gummy candy

Directions

  • Shake protein shake and orange juice together; add grenadine and shake again until satisfied.
  • Pour and garnish with straw and candy.
  • Say Happy Birthday to Pabu and enjoy as a pack!
Enjoyed on August 28, 2021

Birthday Boy

A dog licks his lips while surveying his birthday cocktail.

Over here at the Pandemic Pub, we love dogs. We especially adore our dog, Pabu, and the little guy just had a birthday!

Of course, our pack planned a little something. It involved a cake that Max and his friend Finn baked and frosted. Nice job, guys! In case anyone has their own furry friend with something to celebrate, you can find the Spoiled Dog Cake Recipe (possibly the most descriptive name in the world!) here.

Pabu also had to look the part! Dapper as ever.

And, of course, we made him a cocktail. It took a bit of thinking to come up with a new flavor. Though as Elizabeth has pointed out, he’d be perfectly happy with the tried-and-true. I thought this one would be extra-special because of the meat and peanut butter combination. In case you’re wondering if that’s something only a dog could love, have you ever had a peanut butter and bacon sandwich?

Go try that right now. I’ll wait.

We’d made Beyond Burgers the night before, and I saved the pan grease for this guy. In the past, sometimes we’ve put a little bit over his food, but this time it was reserved for his special cocktail. A little peanut butter to go with that, and some milk to thin it out.

Officially, it was a vegetarian cocktail, and I guess I could’ve had one with him!

Anyway, you can see what a good boy Pabu was, being very patient while salivating over the prospect of his cocktail. Happy Birthday, Pabu!

Ingredients

  • approx 1 1/2 Tbsp pan grease from cooking Beyond Burgers

  • approx 2 Tbsp peanut butter

  • 1 c. milk

  • Beef dog treat – garnish

Directions

  • Blend ingredients together; add more liquid if needed to thin it out.
  • Garnish with your pup’s favorite treat and stand back!
  • Happy Birthday, Birthday Boy!
Devoured on August 28, 2021