Thursday, January 6, 2011

Day 4: Whiskey A Go Go

Scottish Guard Drink
So pretty!
Mrs. Bottle and I wanted to mix it up a bit today, so we decided to try a drink called the Scottish Guard.  It consists of Bourbon Whiskey, orange juice, lime juice, and grenadine.  Why is this mixing it up?  Because neither of us really like nor drink whiskey.  During this journey we are going to end up drinking a lot of it.  Therefore we will either acquire a taste for it or end up having a lot of drinks we hate. Let’s hope for the former.  I think the latter is a given considering some of the drink recipes we’ve seen in the book.

This drink is visually a lot more interesting than our prior ones.  It is one step ahead of the others already since it is served in a cocktail glass. It is hard to go wrong with a nice cocktail glass.  It also has a bit of grenadine for some color.  What is grenadine I’m glad I asked.  It is a sweet syrup generally made from pomegranates.  Since we didn’t have any in our bar  I went to the store and bought a bottle of Rose’s Grenadine ($3.85)  Looking at the ingredients, it is mostly corn sugar high fructose corn syrup. And water.  I don’t see pomegranate listed anywhere.  Maybe it is in the “natural flavors”.
Red 40 - Blue 1 was also the 2010 election result
For today’s bourbon, we chose Wild Turkey. Primarily because it was the only bourbon we had that was already open. I can’t say how it compares to others because I’ve never met a bourbon that I liked.  Oh well, maybe someday.

I thought it smelled good, pretty much like fruity bourbon.  Mrs. Bottle’s first reaction was "it tastes like bourbon with juice in it” so the smell wasn’t misleading.  She then proclaimed, "It's better than drinking straight bourbon."  I concurred.  Barely.  It might be a while before we acquire the taste for bourbon.

Scotchgard protects your carpet from stains.  A Scottish Guard could very well lead to fresh carpet stains.  Think of them as yin and yang.

Ratings on a 10-point scale:

Taste: 3
Ease of preparation: 7
Presentation: 8.5
Drinks until blackout: 5 – This one comes in at 22% alcohol but it tastes like it is 90%.  We doubt either of us could make it to 5 of these.

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