Thursday, October 27, 2011

Booze, Charity, and Science. Did I Mention Booze?

As I've been known to say, "When life gives you lemons, you cut down the fucking lemon tree."  As that approach isn't always possible, the next best thing is booze.  That's why our class here at Cynicism 101 has an Official Mixology Consultant.  Dr. Becca has done it again -- she has created a magnificent cocktail deserving of our love and attention.  Further, this particular cocktail was created for the purpose of charity (Donors Choose; an organization that helps fund struggling K-12 classrooms by channeling donations straight to the project of your choice).  Giving to charity *AND* getting shitfaced??  That's full of win.


Hello, fancy Cynicism students! Are you ready for Halloween? I mean, really, really, ready? Thanks to my new gym, I am so ready. On Monday I learned the original zombie dance from "Thriller," and today in spin class we did the Time Warp. Yes, on stationary bikes. They freaking love Halloween there!. And since I've burned so many calories this week, I decided I deserved a cocktail, which I'm now going to share with you.

I put this baby together a few days ago, and there's a back story, but I don't want to bore you with things like charities and needy children and owl pellets and whatnot. If you'd like to know WTF I'm talking about, please see here, here, and here. If you'd just like to get to the BOOZE, just continue moving your eyes down the page.

I'm really into this cocktail, and I hope you're into it, too. It's really well balanced, has some nice spice, and is perfect for just about any time. Here are instructions, and below them is a quick video of me making it. 

The Court of A-Peels Cocktail

2 oz decent rum. If you use Bacardi, I will come find you and hurt you (a little).
1 oz Amaro Montenegro. This may be hard to find, but it is worth the search! Good on its own as a digestif, or delicious in many whiskey or rum cocktails.
1/2 tsp Maple Syrup
1/2 lime, modestly squeezed. What I mean is don't go crazy with a juicer, just give it a solid hand squeeze, OK?
3 dashes Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters. Angosturra will do just fine, but these are particularly nice and autumnal.

Put everything into a shaker with ice, and then shake the shit out of it. Citrus means shaking, people! A lot of shaking. Shake until the shaker is too cold to hold. Strain into a cocktail glass, and then garnish with an apple peel for that authentic fall touch. The drink itself is incredibly smooth, so smooth that you may even be able to get away with portioning it into Dixie cups and handing it out on Halloween! TO THE PARENTS, PEOPLE. You think I'd advocate serving minors? A little credit, please! 

Anyway, if you're more of a moving pictures-type, here it is in video form! Enjoy!


  1. Can't do the booze but it looks good and has a good story!
    Can't remember the source : When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. With the money from the lemonade, buy an assault rifle. See if life makes the same mistake again."

  2. That. Looks. Delicious.

  3. @ laughingmom: I like that saying too :-)

    @ Gia: Right?

    @ Jonah: I shall be too -- in about 2 hours!

  4. Cave Johnson Lemon speech. (Youtube it)

    Lemons will never be the same.

    You're welcome.

  5. @laughingmom And looking good is half the battle! (that's another saying I've picked up along the way)

    @gia Thanks! Tastes delicious too!

    @jonah Yes, do it! Let me know how it comes out.

    @AC HAHAHAHA! Next drink in the series--the combustible lemon!

  6. hahaha court of a peels... loves it! i love anything with bitters. or rum.

    or alcohol.

  7. Oh hell yes. I am DEFINITELY getting my drink on with this recipe!

  8. I'm kind of thinking I'm going to make myself a giant cocktail and then great trick or treaters while incredibly drunk and incoherent.

    That'll be scary.