Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Days 10 and 11...Drifunkmas Nears the End

What an exciting couple of days it has been! Wayyyyy back in October I happened to check the Higher Ground calendar as I often do and saw that Matisyahu would be playing there on December 27th. The timing was perfect for an overnight in Burlington and to increase Ri's live music experience. I made a reservation at the DoubleTree right across the street (pretty much) from Higher Ground. How fortunate that the adventure coincided with the 10th day of Drifunkmas! It also coincided with the Festival of Lights, so Matt decided to buy himself a ticket and meet us over there.

The last time that I stopped in to visit Dale and Joe at Adirondack Mountain Spirits Dale convinced me that I should try a Wiki Waki Woo. Apparently Joe makes them and they do wonders for the soul. Dale has actually nicknamed them "Wackjobs" because that's what people turn into when they drink them. "Hey! Perhaps that should be the 10th drink," I thought. Dale quickly produced a pen and a piece of paper and I copied down the recipe.

Wiki Waki Woo

1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Rum
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Triple Sec
1/2 oz. Amaretto

Fill with equal parts cranberry juice, pineapple juice and orange juice.

In preparation for our trip, I mixed a quadruple batch and threw it in a Nalgene bottle.

By the time we made it to our hotel room after driving to Warrensburg to pick up Ri after his wrestling tournament and a trip across the new Crown Point Bridge I was ready for a cocktail. After Mike got back from finding the ice machine, I quickly gave the premixed drinks a shake and poured. Dale was NOT kidding when she said that they were so good that Joe couldn't make the drinks fast enough. These bad boys are fantastic! When Matt arrived, we didn't even let him take his coat off before he tried it.

Eventually Matt did get his coat off, but not before he gave a resounding, "Mmmmm, that is good!"

Ri, in the meantime, enjoyed the DoubleTree cookie while playing on the iPad.

This drink was definitely a huge success. Matt rated it a 9. He said that he would have given it a 10, but he came as close as possible to getting hit by a car while crossing Rt. 2 after drinking it. Mike also rated it a 9, but only because it isn't something that he would normally drink. I'm going all out and giving it a 10. It has a great fruity flavor, but it's not too sweet. It also packs a powerful punch. I join Dale in saying that this is something you should try.

That brings us to day 11....

Blue Passion

3/4 oz. spiced rum
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
5 oz. sweet and sour mix

Combine in a shaker and mix. Pour over ice.

Mike and I both agreed that it was a little too sour, so we added more spiced rum. That did the trick. It's an interesting tasting drink. At first we thought it had a little bit of a medicinal taste, but then it morphed into tasting like a SweetTart or Smarties. gave it a 9.8, but Mike rated it a 6.5 and I rated it a 7. It's drinkable, but that's about it.

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