My first drink in the challenge! I figured it would be easiest to work my way through the alphabet as much as possible. Unfortunately I will have to skip some drinks, such as Alaska, for now. I can’t find any place that has smoked salmon vodka in stock.
I went to my favorite dive bar (APL) with the recipe in hand. I’m on a first name basis with most of the bartenders there, so I had no problem giving Cindy the recipe from Buzzfeed.
Recipe: Orange juice and 1/2 oz each of sloe gin, Southern Comfort, amaretto, and vodka, pour over ice
Cindy had heard of the Alabama Slammer before, but her version had Sprite and was a shot that was “slammed” on the counter before being dropped into the mixers. Sounds more exciting, but I wanted to stay true to the article.
I typically only drink vodka and flavored vodkas, so I was pleasantly surprised by the drink. I could barely taste the gin, and it was sweet, but not too sweet. It wasn’t as fruity as I would have expected giving the ingredients.
All drinks will be rated on a scale of 1-10 in the following categories; taste, difficulty, lushiness. For Taste, 1 is awful, 10 is delicious. For Difficulty, 1 is super hard, 10 is a breeze. Lushiness is how I will describe how drunk you will get from the drink. Us lushes tend to enjoy the buzz, and don’t want to drink 8 drinks before feeling it. So the higher the score, the better the buzz.
Taste: 8 I really enjoyed this one, and ordered a second. I could see myself ordering it in the future. My amazing sister was with me and also liked the drink and ordered one of her own.
Difficulty: 8 My bartender had no trouble making this with ingredients on hand
Lushiness: 4 After two drinks in 20 minutes I felt a light buzz. One would think with 2oz of liquor in each I would have more than a light buzz, but no such luck for this lush.
Overall Score : 6.67
All in all, a good first experience of the challenge! 1 down, 49 to go!