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11 September 2006 @ 08:53 am
Boozahology 103: History of the Russian Beverolution  
Okay, on the theory that two wrongs don't make a right but three lefts do, I have this to say:

1) Minute Maid OJ = yuck. I can choke down an 8 oz. serving only because it's good for me.
2) Stolichnaya vodka = medical sterilization solution. Odorless, but not tasteless. Good gods, this is not a sipping vodka.
3) Minute Maid + Stoli = a very drinkable Screwdriver. Actually, I mixed what was either a fairly weak Screwdriver or the secret recipe for Tropicana OJ, which is exactly what that drink tasted like.

So yeah. Don't poke fun; at least I've achieved a third alcoholic beverage which I can stand to drink.
Current Mood: blessedly absent of headache
Mz. Tom Foolerytheamaranth on September 11th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
bottled juices are NOT good for you.

they have to pasteurize the juice to take away all the bacteria, so it basically kills all the good living enzymes.

the parts of the fruit that is good for you is the fiber and the vitamins. juicing removes the fiber (some is added back in if you’re a ’some pulp’ fan), and pasteurizing boils out most of the nutrients. You’re left with sugar water. pasteurization is actually the worst thing ever - have you ever wondered why fresh squeezed orange juice is so much better than store bought orange juice? it’s because pasteurizing boils the juice so that old people won’t die if they drink it. If you’re not old and dying, drink unpasteurized orange juice or apple cider.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on September 11th, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
They're better for me than no juice at all. Still, there are bottled juices available that don't involve pasteurization. I'll try one of those next time I go to the store. Anything in there that might hurt me won't likely survive mixture with Stoli, anyway. ;)
Ace Lightning: drinkacelightning on September 11th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Stoli is a college-kid brand of vodka. i'm not much of a vodka drinker myself, but Grey Goose is much smoother-tasting (and therefore more expensive). shall i ask the resident bartending expert for other recommendations? ;-)

another combination that you might find tolerable is Bacardi white rum in lemonade - either "real" lemonade made with lemons and sugar, or any of the better powdered mixes. basically, the flavor of the rum disappears. be careful drinking this, because the alcohol will sneak up on you.

Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on September 11th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
The flavor would have to disappear. I've tried rum and disliked it intensely.

(shrug) Stoli is a good mixing vodka. Anything more expensive than Grey Goose, you waste as a mixing vodka. No recommendations needed; I actually listened when Ali was researching what she wanted to buy.
Ace Lightning: drinkacelightning on September 11th, 2006 09:42 pm (UTC)
as you know, rum-and-cola (or, more properly, a Cuba Libre, which also contains a wedge of lime) is my default drink. however, there are several different types of rum. "white" or "silver" rum (water-clear) has a very subtle taste, and that's what you want to put in lemonade - all i can taste of it that way is a slight bitter edge on top of the lemon flavor. "gold" rum (a bright amber color) has a more pronounced flavor, and that's good with cola (although a rum&Coke made with white rum is okay too). then there are various "dark" rums (deep amber to brownish in color), which have even more assertive flavors - i recently got a chance to try a "Dark And Stormy", dark rum and ginger beer, and the rum was Pusser's Navy Grog, which is so dark it tastes noticeably of molasses.

i know i've mentioned the type of Brazilian restaurant known as a rodizio - you sit down, and they bring you meat, and they keep bringing you meat until you tell them to stop. it's all roasted on spits over an open grill, and they usually have at least three or four kinds of beef, several types of sausages, roast pork, chicken, turkey, and usually some "exotic" meats as well (like buffalo, alligator, venison). there's a really good one just a block or two from where Judy lives. well, Alex and Ascenza's new home is only a couple of miles away. so we went there for dinner. being that it's a Brazilian place, they know how to make a proper caipirinha, which i really love. it's made with Brazilian cane liquor, which is not the same as rum. both kinds of liquor start with the juice from sugar cane. to make rum, they first separate the cane juice into white sugar and molasses; then they ferment and distill the molasses. for the lighter kinds of rum, they just filter the hell out of it. cane spirit, or cachaça, is made by fermenting and distilling the sugar-cane juice itself. it's the national drink of Brazil. by itself, cachaça tastes like something you'd clean old paintbrushes with... but mixed with sugar and half a lime to make a caipirinha, it becomes something else entirely. i had three of 'em ;-)

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Ace Lightning: drinkacelightning on September 12th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
for a while, Bacardi was selling something they called "Select", which was a little darker than their "dark" rum, but about the same price. i bought it by the liter, because it made a very tasty Cuba Libre. but it seems to have vanished off the face of the earth. i'll take a look at the Appleton's the next time i'm in the liquor store. (although i've been buying limes and cachaça, and making caipirinhas myself, lately. cachaça is dirt-cheap; it's what poor people drink in Brazil.)