What do you get when you combine light rum, lime juice, and maple syrup? The Van Vleet, which just happens to be today’s TBIAW libation. I think it is named after “Hungry” Jack Van Vleet, the inventor of syrup. We already knew that maple syrup improved waffles, the Cowboy Cocktail, ice cream, spaghetti and sexy time so it was a no-brainer to assume the Van Vleet would be vlantastic.
Pour Some Syrup In Me
Mrs. Bottle thought drinking the Van Vleet was like drinking a waffle. At first I didn’t realize she meant that as an insult. I know I would probably buy liquid waffles if they existed, but as far as I can tell, they don’t. It does turn out that you can smoke waffles, though, if you have electronic cigarettes. I had no idea there was such a large variety of flavors available for electronic cigarettes. They even make cotton candy flavor. If you are an adult and you choose to smoke cotton candy flavored electronic cigarettes, you may have a problem. If you are a kid it is perfectly okay.
I liked the Van Vleet a little more than Mrs. Bottle did. The maple syrup’s sweetness balanced the lime juice’s acidity nicely. It also complemented the rum, which seems to mix well with sweetness, probably because rum is distilled from sugarcane. The Van Vleet did have a fairly strong maple flavor that seemed a little out of place in a drink. It could find a maple-lovers niche, though, just like the McGriddles. It also had a bit of a syrupy mouth feel which became stronger as you approached the bottom of the glass. One solution to that problem is to add more rum.
That can solve a lot of problems.
Overall Rating for the Van Vleet
Taste: 3 – Would be a four if you were smoking a waffle cigarette
Ease of Preparation: 4
Drinks until blackout: 5 – 24% but we recommend light syrup if you are watching your waist
3 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Maple Syrup