“He drinks you know.”
I’m sure that’s what the neighbors say behind my back. Oh well. It’s not defamatory if it’s true. I confess I do enjoy a cocktail from time to time. I only drink for medicinal purposes, mind you, and only on special occasions; weddings, the anniversary of Stonewall, success in the World Cup, ……days ending in ‘y’.
I wouldn’t say I have a particular drink. It varies with my mood. I dislike most variations of whiskey; scotch, bourbon, etc. My tastes run more toward what Madame Arcati referred to as “concoctions”. Rum. vodka, gin,
NyQuil, sterno; are all good. They can be mixed with things to create interesting tastes. Then all I need to do is pour it in a cocoanut shell, add a fruit garnish, an umbrella, and possibly a sparkler, and I am ready to face enjoy the afternoon.
One cocktail that I do enjoy, from time to time, is the Cosmopolitan. I am a little fussy about my Cosmos however. I like them with just enough cranberry to make them the palest of pinks. If I order one in a bar or restaurant and it arrives bright red, looking like Kool-Aid, I am unhappy. Oh sure, I’ll choke it down rather than making a scene. That’s only polite. I might order a second one just to give the bartender another chance to get it right. That’s fair. I think it’s what Jesus would do. But if the second one arrives the same color I’m disappointed. I might be so disappointed I need to drown my sorrows with a third.
Harper’s Other Dad recently bought some of the Scottish soft-drink Irn-Bru. I had the inspiration to see what a Cosmo would be like made with Irn-Bru instead of cranberry. I found a recipe for a classic Cosmo in the Mixology app:
1.25 oz. Vodka
.25 oz. Triple Sec
.25 oz. Lime juice
.25 oz. cranberry
I replaced the cranberry with an equal amount of Irn-Bru and reduced the amount of lime juice.
It wasn’t awful. But, on the whole, I would call it a failed experiment. It is not something I am likely to make again. On the other hand, Harper’s Other Dad liked it quite a lot. My theory is he will drink anything with Irn-Bru in it but I could be wrong. Who knows? It may make another appearance sometime before the Irn-Bru runs out.