FCB: The cocktails and I – Random Eight.
In spite of the CTBT proclamation, Patrix tagged me with the random facts meme. Now, it is truly not quite possible to do this tag accurately since for the eight facts to be random, I should ideally make a list of all facts about me, number them and then use a random number generator to choose the eight. Pedantry aside, and considering that Sakshi decided to go her own way in modifying the tag, I am sure Pat won’t mind if I take liberties with the tag (and his moniker!). So here goes in the spirit of killing two birds with a stone, eight somewhat random facts about me – but related to alcohol.
(new cocktail recipe at the end)
1. I have been totally pissed out drunk on numerous occasions; but usually I remember all that happens and the embarrassing stuff I say and do in that phase. Only once (2005-2006 New Years Party) was I so drunk that I have little or no recollection of events. The person in the know tells me that I eventually went to sleep clutching to my bosom – a trash-can (with a paper bag inside) – for the fear of puking in the night. It was a weird feeling the next day, not being
able to remember. And yes, I have puked on several occasions after too much drinking – not particularly proud moments.
2. I respect people who are teetotalers, if it is simply a life-style choice; but it pisses me off when someone gets preachy and condescending about their choice or when they try to explain that they don’t drink because it is ‘addictive’. Alcohol is not addictive – learn your limits.
3. The Martini is my usual pre-dinner cocktail of choice, but lately I have fallen in love with the Negroni‘s bitter appetite-inducing taste. My other favorite alcohols can range from beer to margaritas to a fine wine or whiskey – depends totally on the mood or the food I am consuming.
4. I tend to be quite loquacious after my first cocktail, glass of wine or (three bottles of) beers; otherwise I am quite a reserved person, especially if in company of people I don’t know well enough. But get me to drink something, I’ll be the chummiest person in the room.
And yeah, I can’t do the macho thing of ‘holding my drink’ – I feel tipsy quite readily and actually think that is a good thing. Keeps me from consuming too much alcohol.
5. My first ever alcoholic drink was when I was only 9 ! It was a small sip of champagne from my dad’s glass – this was at a celebration party for India winning the Benson and Hedges Cup ’85 (we were abroad then). I felt proud of my achievement for many years and kept boasting to my friends till I realized how stupid it sounded.
6. I started drinking very late – perhaps three or four occasions during college. Regular drinking started only after arriving in the US and the fascination with cocktails only in the last two years or so. I had some sort of an idealistic notion of not spending my pocket money (ie my dad’s hard earned paise) on alcohol. The occasions in college were mostly off others and once on my scholarship award money !
7. Apart from sipping a well-made cocktail, what provides great satisfaction to me is serving up a good cocktail for others . The drinks I love to mix for others include my own versions of vodka-cointreau-lime-and-other-liqueur (e.g Cosmo) cocktails, margaritas and caipirinhas; I can also make a mean Sangria for parties.
8. What I am sipping right now: a mojito based concoction with vodka replacing the rum, and cointreau to add some sweetness. How about calling it the Comrade ?
What you need:
- Vodka 3 part (or more depending on how strong you want it)
- Cointreau 1 part
- Lime/Lemon juice (2tbp)
- Brown Sugar (1tsp)
- Mint leaves (fresher the better)
- Soda/Tonic Water
Take a few sprigs of mint leaves, the brown sugar and the lemon-lime juice and muddle them in a highball glass. More you can bruise the mint leaves, more flavorful your drink will be. Add ice cubes to the top, fill in with Vodka and Cointreau (the latter is to adjust the sweetness and should be about a third of the portion of Vodka). Stir a bit. Top off with soda or tonic water if you want. For garnish, take a sprig of mint on the palm of your hands, slap it with the other palm and drop into the drink. Place a straw, sip and enjoy – its highly refreshing! An interesting variation to this drink is to use either basil leaves in place of or in combination with mint.