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The Grown-up Mid-afternoon Milk Break Stays Home

Chocolate Mudshake and a thick chocolate crinkle

I don’t usually go for anything alcoholic unless it’s served at a party or an official function.  In my case, you see, alcohol is simply an occasional thing or – most of the time – an ingredient for pasta sauces (red wine) or cakes (rum and a whole plethora of sweet liqueurs indispensable for flavoring decadent treats).

However, given the stressful nature of recent events, sipping something with a bit of a buzz became somewhat necessary.  Between madness at work, troublesome and tightfisted clients, panicking over my [non-existent] social life, and my brother’s catching the measles (this making him miss out on the recently concluded 2nd National Congress of the Clergy), I needed something to calm me down.

It was fortunate that I still had about a third of a bottle of Vodka Mudshake in chocolate from a recent order for rum cakes.  This nifty little sipper is a product of Australia’s Independent Distillers.  It’s been on the market for quite some time now, but I only started using it recently when I noted that the creaminess and the gorgeously rich flavors made my rum cakes truly special.

So, how did I enjoy this?  I poured the remaining third of Mudshake over some ice in a small glass and filled up the remainder with low-fat milk.  (If you’re going to do this yourself, don’t stir!  Just let the liqueur lace the milk in a tantalizing manner.)

Now, serving it with a fat, undeniably rich chocolate crinkle may seem like overkill, but if your day – or week, for that matter – got shot to hell, you’re going to need all that unctuous yumminess to help you feel better.



Midge started her career in PR writing at seventeen when she began drafting documentaries for a government-run television station in the Philippines. Since then, she made a career in advertising and public relations which ended in June 2016 These days, she works full time at Philippine Tatler as a features writer under the nom de guerre Marga Manlapig. Aside from what she does for a living and her poetry, she has turned her home kitchen into a personal culinary lab and is currently working on another novel. Follow her on Instagram at @midgekmanlapig.

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