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So what’s new? The semester is looking relatively up, thank God. Classes aren’t too bad (so far), work is only one day a week, and ballroom is ridiculous but fun. We’re about two weeks into it and I have yet to buy a book for Probability, which, to my great surprise, hasn’t turned out to be much of a problem. My roommate and I found a wardrobe lying around the other day, so we put in our room and effectively doubled our closet space. That was nice.

But once the thrill of jacking cheap, college owned furniture wears off, what’s a poor student to do in the in-between times, and more importantly on the weekends? The answer could be many things, but we all know what happens in practice. One gets drunk on cheap beer.

That is what I’d like to discuss for a few moments.

As a freshman, I did as all freshmen do and drank whatever kind of alcohol I could lay my trembling, overawed paws on. Around here, that means Natty Light or Milwaukee’s Best, fondly referred to as Beast. These are the beers of choice for the Greeks on campus because you can buy a case with the change you find in between your couch cushions. I’m sure your imagination or personal experience (you drunkard) can provide a more vivid description of their taste than any words of mine.

Of course, you never really enjoy Natty Light, but you drink it anyhow, because that’s pretty much the only thing you can get on a regular basis. Until you hit the big 21. That’s what happened to me a few months ago, and the results have been astounding. It turns out that when you can buy all your booze yourself, and if you’re willing to drop pretty much all your money on it, you can get some excellent stuff. And so, in the spirit (yuk yuk) of imbibing tasty drinks for a change, let me share with you the recipe for what has come to be my favorite cocktail.

2 oz. gin

1/2 oz. cointreau

1/2 oz. lime juice

Shake or stir it all up with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

It’s not going to be any good unless you use good gin and actual cointreau, not triple sec. But if you do spring for those ingredients, this thing is fantastic. It tastes tart and fruity, and if you’re like me and enjoy your sugar, you can use Rose’s lime juice to make it a bit sweet as well. This thing would be called a Blue Train, but the blue in that title comes from the food coloring you’re supposed to add but never do because it’s too much of a hassle. Instead, this variation is known as the Semi-Opaque Off-Green Train. It tastes better than it sounds.

I think I’m about done. In closing, partake, if you will, of a few interesting links:

This here is unbelievable. It’s a little thing about the size of cigarette lighter. You put it on a desk or whatever, and it projects an image of a computer keyboard on the flat surface in front of it. You then proceed to type using said projected image. Pish posh, you say? Such a thing could never work reliably, you say? One man begs to differ.

Have you heard of the Evil Overlord List? It’s been around for quite a while, I just happened to be thinking about it today. If you’ve seen at least one movie in the past decade, you’ll think it’s hilarious.

This blog is right up my alley.

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Written by Daniel Grady

January 31, 2005 at 15:05

Posted in Alcohol, Consumables

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