Mixology Monday: Limit One

by Matt Robold on March 18, 2008

Well, I’m not sure I’ll have this in on time, but them’s the breaks, as they say.  Rick, over at Kaiser Penguin is hosting this month’s MXMO event, and has picked the theme of “Limit One”.

Rick describes this theme as

“Consume and write about your favorite, strongest drink. You know, the one that that is delightful, complex, and will leave you wanting to stay home from work the next day. It should contain at least 3oz of 80-proof spirit or have less than 1/2oz of non-spiritness.”

Sounds simple enough.  I mean, we all have our favorite drink of which we should never have more than one – a limit we probably all blow right by on the way to Hangover Country, Population You.

Well, I had high hopes for this week, but the ladder turned out to be a bit too short for my goal, and my hopes are vertically challenged apparently.  I find myself tonight in a bit of a bind as I’m in the middle of moving.  My life is currently strewn about my new apartment in boxes and bags…except for my current 47 rums.  Those are already on the new shelf.  I mean, you have to have priorities, and getting a couch or microwave can wait.

My post kind of got away from me, and I figured I’d just have to miss…but my friend Ashley believed in me and insisted that I make myself a Zombie for the evening.  GREAT!  I love Zombies!  Well, the kind you drink – not the kind that drinks your brains.  I quickly ran to the shelf and kitchen to put together the necessary ingredients.

Zombie

1/2 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1/2 oz apricot brandy
1 tsp sugar
2 oz light rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz lime juice

Blend all ingredients with ice except Bacardi 151 proof rum. Pour into a collins glass. Float Bacardi 151 proof rum on top. Garnish with a fruit slice, sprig of mint and a cherry.

I was in the kitchen when suddenly, disaster struck.  I realized that I was in an apartment with my life in boxes and no freezer…only a mini-fridge with my collection of bitters, beer, and some ginger beer.  This means that I had no juice, and NO ICE.  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Well, in the interest of living up to the expectations that my friends have for me, I had to do SOMETHING.  So I implemented a little field medicine to brew up something with what I had.  I don’t know what to call it, so I consulted with Ashley once again, and based on the many lovely events currently filling my life, we came up with a name:

The Joe Cooper

2 oz dark rum (used Appleton Extra)
1 oz light rum (used Matusalem Platino)
1 oz overproof rum (used Wray & Nephew Overproof)
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 oz Blood Orange Bitters
1 tsp Demerera Sugar

Mix into a shaker, shake, pour into a glass.

I had originally intended to add some ginger beer if only because it was cold and – as previously mentioned – I lack ice.  Expecting to want to throw myself from my porch upon tasting it before adding the ginger beer, I tasted my concoction…and LIKED IT.  I don’t know, maybe my palate isn’t as sophisticated as I like to pretend to have…but this actually wasn’t horrid.  And if, like me in real life, or Joe Cooper in Baseketball, it seems like shit is raining upon you non-stop, just one of these babies will probably make you forget all about it…or at least not care for the next few hours.

{ 3 comments }

Veela March 18, 2008 at 6:52 am

See? All it takes is a can-do attitude, along with a severe urge to drink unholy amounts of alcohol.

I knew you could do it!

keith waldbauer March 18, 2008 at 10:01 pm

indeed, the joe cooper uses all the elements of classic mixology…. ginger beer would have been an interesting element, i’d think….did you end up trying that?

Matt Robold March 19, 2008 at 5:50 am

Actually, I did add the ginger beer after getting about half-way through the drink…largely because the ginger beer was cold. The drink is still good…a good combo of sweet and biting at the same time.

Well, I like it anyway…in fact, I made another tonight!

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