The Witzelsucht Memorandum
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official Wit Memo cocktail!
6-8 ounces ice-cold GIN from the freezer. Any gin will do,
as long as it's dry and clear, and from the freezer. Wit
Memo likes Beefeater, Tanqueray, Bombay ... you know,
the usual stuff. They're all
pretty good, but that guy on the Beefeater bottle is much cooler
than that sourpuss Queen Victoria
on the Bombay bottle.
Plus, we love eating beef, so it's a natural for whetting the appetite
before a crusty, blood-rare standing rib roast. Don't listen to snobs
who insist that only one brand of gin will do and turn their noses
up at everything else, especially if you're using someone else's booze.
1 PICKLED BRUSSEL SPROUT. Brussel sprouts are great; they're
like little cabbages! But they taste so much better! To find
pickled brussel sprouts, look in the condiments aisle, the relish aisle,
or the party mix aisle where they keep the cocktail onions, the bloody
mary mix, and the olives stuffed with almonds. When that fails, ask
the produce manager. If he doesn't have pickled brussel sprouts,
and there's no way he will, then make them yourself. Boil or steam
briefly, and then marinate at least overnight in a vinegar/olive oil/garlic
dressing, or stuff into a jar of Ba-Tampte half sour pickles or pickled
tomatoes. We're confident that that one of those ideas has just got
to work. If all else fails, substitute 6 or 7 cocktail onions.
Metal cocktail shaker
Ice. Ice should be ice-cold.
Fill shaker 1/2 full with ice, pour in gin, and shake vigourously.
Of course you don't really need to shake the gin over ice since it's already
cold and you're not mixing it with anything, but shaking a cocktail is
incredibly fun. Keep at it until your fingertips hurt from the cold
(this is why the shaker should be metal). If you're using a shaker
with a lid (as opposed to a bar shaker and pint glass), hold the lid firmly
in place during the shaking process (we speak from experience). Strain
into the waterglass, drop in the pickled brussel sprout, and enjoy.
As with another favorite thing, once is not enough, twice is fine, and
three isn't out of the question. What
was that other thing?
Oh, that's right: half liters of beer.
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