Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Day 79: How About a Nice Game of Chess?

Remember the movie WarGames? At first David Lightman (Matthew Broderick) is excited to break into the WOPR and play Global Thermonuclear War.  After he realizes that he almost causes World War III he throws everything away and hopes no one finds out it was him.  Then the WOPR calls him back.  At that point David realizes he is in big trouble.  No matter what he does he can’t get away. That is kind of like our relationship with vermouth.  I don’t want vermouth to call me back, but it keeps showing up.  That connection might be a stretch, but man I love WarGames and it was on TV last night.

Poor quality assurance
Anyway, today’s drink is the Bronx Cocktail, a mixture of gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, and orange juice.  It is called the Bronx Cocktail because A-Rod has about four of these before every Yankees game. Actually that isn’t true.  As far as I know David Wells is the only Yankee to play while drunk. And A-Rod only admitted to using PEDs while with the Rangers.  There are no PEDs in the Bronx Cocktail so he is in the clear.
Bronx Cocktail
That orange is sucking in its gut for the photo
I am really distracted today and keep forgetting that the point of this thing is that vermouth tastes funny.  And not funny ha-ha, but funny weird. Unfortunately vermouth is a common ingredient in cocktails, so we will be having a lot of it.  Since the Bronx Cocktail has two kinds of vermouth, I was a little worried.  At first the weird vermouth flavor was a little off-putting in this drink.  After a few sips, though, it seemed okay.  We think we may be developing a taste for vermouth and that eventually we will appreciate it.  It actually went well with the orange juice and the gin making the Bronx Cocktail reasonably palatable.  It wasn’t great, but it was certainly more palatable than the Yankees. 

Overall Rating for the Bronx Cocktail

Taste: 3
Presentation: 4
Ease of Preparation: 3
Drinks Until Blackout: 5 – 25% alcohol


1 oz Gin
.5 oz Dry Vermouth
.5 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Orange Juice

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