Experiments with alcohol and condiments
Midnight Sun guest poster ryan97ou has the summers most ... appetizing ... new drink:
When you find yourself sitting at Club Charles (1724 N. Charles St.) late on a Thursday night with a couple friends and the bartender plops down a jar of capers, a large jug of maple syrup, and mustard and proclaims, "Bet you can't make a shot out of one of these," you take that bet.
When life gives you maple syrup you make ... syrup-ade? Well that's what I found myself trying to do last night.
And ya know what? Maybe it was the half bottle of wine or shots of tequila I had prior in the evening, but the resulting concoction wasn't half bad ...
It all started when I walked into the bar and ordered a shot my friends introduced to me many years ago: a TNT. This stands for Tequila-N-Tomato juice, which sounds disgusting, I know. But if you are like me and can no longer take shots of tequila without a serious gag reflex, the TNT is perfect.
You pour a shot of tequila and next to it a shot of tomato juice. Right after you shoot the tequila, drink the tomato juice and voila ... zero tequila taste. It's a dangerous thing.
The (lovely) bartenders had never heard of it and seemed impressed with the disgusting concoction, which was probably why the "condiment challenge" ensued. I decided on maple syrup since it seemed the easiest to deal with (caper juice? even I'm not that dumb), and added it to some espresso vodka and a dash of club soda.
It actually turned into a drink more than a shot. The bartender mixed them up and served them to me and my two friends and the result wasn't half bad: like a sweet espresso. Next time, I would mix up the syrup more because it tended to float down to the bottom, which resulted in an overly espresso-tasting drink. But when you mixed it up, it tasted like a sweet alcoholic espresso.
Lesson learned? Next time you're sitting at home with a bottle of vodka sans mixers, just open your fridge. You might be surprised how good a ketchup-ini tastes.