Saturday, May 8
Baby's been after me to do something about my hair. So I've got it narrowed down to two. Any advice?
Friday, May 7
I was recently reminded of the best thing I've ever seen on the road:
I was having a drink at the hotel bar one evening when this older guy came in and ordered a double vodka & tonic. The bartender asked if he would like it in a plastic cup, so he could take it to his room. He replied, no, I'm just going to have it while I'm checking in.
There's a man who has his priorities straight.
Wednesday, May 5
Junipero vs. Bombay Sapphire, Round 1
I procured a liter bottle of Junipero gin last weekend. I didn't see any 1.75L bottles, which could be a disadvantage for the seasoned veteran right off the bat. Also, since I usually lay the bottle on its side in the freezer, Junipero's round, non-extruded shape poses an additional storage challenge. Finally, Sapphire is a few bucks cheaper per liter. No showstoppers here, though.
Through a supreme effort of will, I still had a couple ounces of Sapphire left, so with the help of my lovely and vivacious assistant, I proceeded to the blind taste test. This consisted of me pouring half a shot or so of each, straight & ice-cold, into shot glasses, then leaving the room. Baby either switched or didn't switch the glasses, being sure to clink them most convincingly, then called me back in.
Shot A tasted like gin. Mmmmmm...lovely. On the other hand, I was a little worried that this was going to be tougher than I anticipated. I munched my palate-cleansing cracker in a spirit of trepidation.
The instant I got shot B in my mouth I knew it was the Junipero. It's only a little stronger alcohol-wise (98.6-proof vs. Sapphire's already quite strong 94-proof), but it has a much more intense juniper take-your-breath-away effect. OK, I coughed a bit. A second blind taste test produced identical results, right down to the involuntary coughing on the Junipero. (Baby lost track of whether she had switched glasses or not, but it didn't matter in the least.)
The Junipero is really excellent, if the reason you like gin is the juniper flavor, and not the other herbal components. The coughing I experienced was due to the intensity of the flavor, not to anything like harshness - it's every bit as smooth as the Sapphire. But I have to give this round to Sapphire, because if I were going to drink straight gin all night, I would probably want something a little more subdued. I am very curious how Junipero's intensity will affect a cocktail recipe. I can't wait for Round 2!