Friday, March 9, 2007

Don't try these at home

We've got three new cocktails for you, based on our previous vodka infusions. Unfortunately, none of them are among our best (in fact, all three got record-breaking low ratings), but some are at least good for a laugh, we hope.

The first was created when we realized we still hadn't tested the recent lime vodka in a drink yet.

Harry Nilsson

Shake with ice and strain:
2 oz. Mad Scientician™ lime vodka
1 oz. Coconut rum
1 oz. Triple Sec
Splash of grenadine

Alas, even at half-strength, the lime vodka is still quite sour. It may work better if reduced to one ounce; we may try that in the future. Wayland did a serious wince-take when he tasted this drink; it seems he has a low sour tolerance, dashing any hopes I might have had to create Warheads-infused vodka.

Brendan's score: 2 flasks out of 5
Wayland's score: 2 flasks out of 5
Overall score: 2


Shake with ice and strain:
1-1/3 oz. Mad Scientician™ caramel vodka
1-1/3 oz. Mad Scientician™ vanilla vodka
1-1/3 oz. Amaretto liqueur

I don't know how the hell Wayland did it with these ingredients, but this tastes just like cherry cough syrup.

Brendan's score: 1 flask out of 5
Wayland's score: 2.5 flasks out of 5
Overall score: 1.75

Red Dye #3

2 oz. Mad Scientician™ Pop Rocks vodka
4 oz. Red Bull

The ratio of the drinks we made may be slightly different from the above; we made doubles, using a full 8.3 ounce can of Red Bull each.

This drink, of course, was created as somewhat of a joke; we set out to create the most artificially-flavored cocktail in existence. I found the result to be an astonishingly anti-harmonious drink. Both flavors of the Red Bull and Pop Rocks were distinctive, but somehow they coexisted without interacting at all. Each sip's flavor seemed to alternate between one and the other.

Wayland did not experience the same effect, but he did find it lacking in other ways. It was enough to inspire him to write about it himself. Here's what he had to say:

"It started off well; it was a nice blend. However, when I got further into the drink, it actually decreased in quality. Unfortunately, my methodology was flawed. Rather than adding the vodka first and allowing the force of the Red Bull to mix it, I attempted to fill the glass as full as possible, by adding the vodka after the Red Bull. I think a quality blend can be made; however, the right ratio needs to be found out and the drink mixed fully before testing the quality of the drink."

Brendan's score: 1.5 flasks out of 5
Wayland's score: 2.5 flasks out of 5
Overall score: 2

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