Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 32: Broken Dreams

Tikki Dream Drink
If you squint you
can see some green
Today’s drink is the Tikki Dream, a mix of cranberry juice and melon liqueur. There is only ¾ of an ounce of melon liqueur in it, though, so we really don’t see the point.  It probably shouldn't even qualify for this blog. We have one close friend who doesn’t drink and even she thinks there isn’t enough alcohol in a Tikki Dream.  If you have a hankering for a Tikki Dream, just have a glass of cranberry juice and then drink a shot of Listerine.  You will get the health benefits of the juice, more alcohol, and your breath will be minty fresh.  That is a real win-win-win.

The recipe called for a wedge of watermelon as garnish.  We know that this is supposed to be because of the melon liquer and that the ingredients are red and green like a watermelon. How incredibly clever. We know that the real reason is to distract you from the fact that someone just served you a drink that contains only 0.2 oz. of alcohol.  You would get more alcohol in a vanilla Coke.  Well you would if you made it with vanilla extractIt is also hard to think of a garnish more detrimental to the ease of drinkability than a wedge of watermelon.  I suggest a cactus. 

This has more melon than a Tikki Dream
Once you get past the fact that you are essentially drinking a glass of cranberry juice, the Tikki Dream actually tasted quite good.  The melon liqueur added a nice amount of sweetness to the tart juice. The sugar-rimmed glass was also helpful in that regard.  As far as presentation, it pretty much looks like a glass of cranberry juice and there is nothing wrong with that.  Maybe this drink is okay after all.  Now that I think about it, perhaps our complaints about the Tikki Dream are out of proportion.  Just like the alcohol content of the drink.

Overall Rating for the Tikki Dream

Taste: 3
Presentation: 2  - Don't know if the watermelon would help or hurt
Ease of Preparation: 3 - Rimming is hard
Drinks Until Blackout: 27 - 4% alcohol


4.25 oz Cranberry Juice
.75 oz Melon Liqueur

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