That’s the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen
This hot cocktail will lessen the chill of a cold Fereldan night. Rich, decadent, and sophisticated, it combines chocolate, raspberries, and espresso for a drink that’s both strong and sweet.
(I had to tweak this recipe a few times, and by the time I got it right, my camera battery had died. So instead of a real photo, you get this little collage for now. I’ll replace it with a photo of the actual cocktail next time I make one).
Ingredients: (Note: This makes a 6oz drink, so if you really want to fill a good-sized coffee mug, double the amounts below.)
1oz Simple Syrup (I just make my own by mixing equal parts sugar and water and microwaving/stirring it until the sugar dissolves)
10-12 fresh raspberries
3oz milk (you can also use half & half if you want a richer drink)
Combine simple syrup and raspberries in a glass. Muddle until raspberries are well-blended (basically pureed). Set aside.
Combine milk (or half & half) and chocolate syrup in a microwave-safe container, stir well until combined, and microwave until hot.
Combine raspberry mix, hot chocolate, and espresso liquor and stir well. Pour through strainer into a mug. This drink has to be strained in order to filter out the bits of raspberry. I just combined and stirred mine in my cocktail shaker, since it has a snap-on strainer lid.
Optional: If it’s not quite hot enough, you can zap it a few more seconds in the microwave. I do not recommend using Inferno magic skills unless absolutely necessary. Explaining to the fire department why you used Immolate on your hot chocolate is very embarrassing.
Garnish with whipped cream and fresh raspberries, if desired.
Flanery, STL officer, had cocaine as well as alcohol in system when he left scene of accident
Jason Flanery – the St. Louis city police officer who killed
VonDerrit Myers Jr. – was high on cocaine as well as drunk when he smashed his
police vehicle into a parked car at 6:17 a.m. on December 19, according to
Missouri State Highway lab results released on January 27.
Two days earlier, on January 25, Circuit Attorney Jennifer
Joyce charged Flanery with two misdemeanors – Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
and leaving the scene of an accident – after receiving a lab report on
Flanery’s Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). Though his blood was sampled hours
after the accident, he had a BAC reading of .117, according to the statement.
The legal limit is 0.08.
St. Louis Police Chief Samuel Dotson told The American that
he then asked the lab to test Flanery’s blood for narcotics, acting on
intelligence that he had received that Flanery used cocaine. The positive test
results for cocaine came back on January 27.
Now Joyce will charge Flanery with driving under influence
of alcohol and drugs, which is still only a misdemeanor.
Joyce told The American that Flanery’s toxicology results
from December 19 have no legal bearing on his actions on October 8, 2014, when
he fatally shot Myers. However, she said, this does point to the need to test
officers for drugs and alcohol after an officer-involved shooting.
Flanery was working as an off-duty security officer in the
Shaw neighborhood when he shot and killed Myers on October 8, 2014, but was not
charged with any crime by Joyce. Several witnesses told police that Myers and
Flanery were involved in a gunfight, and police claimed to retrieve a firearm
from Myers’ corpse, along with several bullets and casings that matched the
Flanery, who graduated from the police academy in 2008, was
31 at the time he killed Myers, according to Joyce’s report. He had a previous
misdemeanor conviction for unlawful use of a weapon in 2001.
Flanery has impressive credentials: he killed a man, he used weapon unlawfully,
he drove the car being under the influence of coke and finally he left the
scene of the accident. Still on the loose. And I’m sure that he’s able to
continue his cop career – not necessary in St. Louis Police. That’s what I call
the land of the free! Never thought these words were mainly addressed to police