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Stormy weather drinking, other downpour diversions

By by carolina astrain/
Nov. 14, 2012 at 5:14 a.m.

Rene Ybarbo, head bartender at 205, prepares a Hurricane.

Hurricane Preparedness Drinks

A list of inventive drinks from The Bald Heretic, a blog by Houston Chronicle Helpline columnist Jay Lee, you can follow him at @jaylee.

The Mandatory Evacuation

• 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Ruby Red vodka

• 1/2 oz. vermouth

• Clamato

• Prune juice

Combine vodka and vermouth in cocktail glass. Fill remainder of glass with equal parts Clamato and prune juice. Stir. Drink.

The Category 5

• 1/2 oz. vodka

• 1/2 oz. tequila

• 1/2 oz. rum

• 1/2 oz. bourbon

• 1/2 oz. gin

• Sweet-and-sour mix

• Splash of fruit juice

Combine vodka, tequila, rum, bourbon and gin in a tall glass. Fill remainder of glass with sweet-and-sour mix and splash of juice. Stir, then garnish with an inverted drink umbrella.

Flood Zone

• 2 oz. Kahlua

• 2 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream

• 4 oz. rum

Serve in a 6-ounce glass and laugh-cry deliriously as the mess spills all over the countertop.

Cone Of Probability

• 1 oz. Cinnamon Schnapps

• 1 sugar cone

Pour the schnapps into the sugar cone. Every time you hear a TV weatherman say, "cone of probability," bite off the end of the cone and down the shot.

FEMA Fizzle

• 1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort

• 2 oz. sloe gin

• Tonic water

One week after the storm has passed and your neighborhood is still in ruins with no sign of help on the way, combine Southern Comfort and gin in a cocktail glass. Fill remainder with tonic and add a dash of Angostura bitters. Serve with a nut brownie.



• WHAT: Reed Timmer, storm chaser

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday

• WHERE: Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

•  COST: Free, open to the public

• INFO: Call 361-573-3291 or visit

Weekend raindrops make some people groan.

Bike rides, picnics and swimming plans begin to dissolve into the dripping madness on the cement outside.

While we have a 60 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms Friday, let us not take our chances.

First step: pre-game with an evening amongst society.

Start your weekend early on Thursday night with an exhilarating presentation on chaotic weather by storm chaser Reed Timmer.

He'll be at the Victoria Fine Arts Center with his latest footage from "Frankenstorm."

Then, hit the bar and order a hurricane or a dark and stormy.

These rum-infused cocktails will set you on the right path.

Just because hurricane season is coming to a close, that doesn't mean you can't indulge in spiced rum and juice.

In an interview, Timmer confessed to not being an expert behind the counter, but that he does enjoy throwing back a beer or two at the bars.

"There is some apple cider in my fridge right now," said the storm chaser from his Oklahoma home. "I think it might be fermenting into alcohol from being gone so long."

Once your cup is filled and the Friday rains start to pour, cuddle up with the closest blanket and pop in Timmer's favorite storm flick.

"Obviously, I love the movie 'Twister,'" Timmer said. "There are several meteorological inaccuracies in it, but it's hard not to love."

The doctoral candidate also suggested "The Night of the Twisters," a hokey, made-for-TV movie from the mid-'90s.

"It's about tornados that keep coming over the same area all day and night," Timmer said. "I like bad movies."

Then take the time to do the things Timmer said he's bad at.

"I'm horrible at things like paying bills," Timmer confessed.

Next, call your sister. She misses you.

"It's pretty hard to have a relationship in this line of work," Timmer said. "I stay in touch with my sisters, but I've definitely had to make personal sacrifices along the way."

And finally, exercise. It keeps you young.

"I try to run whenever I can," Timmer said. "I got to work those blood clots that form from so much driving."

Jump on the elliptical and outrun the storm - of course, only after your hangover has subsided.



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