What was your progression to the world of adult alcohol consumption? Since I was a mother to a 3yr old by the time I turned 21, I really didn’t experience a lot of the “drinking milestones” that most people, namely college students, did. You know – the silly things you take for granted, like when you were 20 and got invited to a Frat Party where there will be *gasp* BEER *gasp*. I never did a Keg Stand (I still don’t understand what that is). I’ve not “shotgunned” a beer.
Now that I am a working member of society (as opposed to the college student I was for 7 years) I am a tad scared of the world of alcohol. People my age know what a martini is. (I’ve not ever had one). Most people I know actually HAVE a grown-up drink of choice. “Martini. Dirty” or “White Zin” or “Scotch. On the Rocks”. I don’t even know what a lot of drinks even ARE. The most grown-up drinks I have ever ordered on a regular basis were coffee drinks. “Kahlua and Coffee, please” or “Bailey’s and Coffee”.
Well, like any woman of the legal drinking age, I HAD to try a cosmopolitan after watching the show “Sex in the City”. I loved it. I am pretty sure it is now my “grown up” drink of choice. But – I didnt even know what one had in it – until yesterday. I bought IrishChic a drink making kit for her birthday. So, I looked at the recipe for a Cosmopolitan, and went to the liquor store on the way to Irish Chic’s to buy the ingredients. OOH. It was ugly.
1. Vodka? There are a MILLION kinds. Did you know that? The hell? I settled for Smirnoff with a Raspberry Twist. It seemed like a good choice. It was priced somewhere in the middle of the rest of the stuff, so I thought it was safe. CHECK.
2. Triple Sec? What IS that? The hell? I thought it might be that red stuff they put in Shirley Temples (shut up. I know thats wrong. NOW). So I wandered around aimlessly for ten minutes. MrZ was no help. He drinks Beer. Thats it. Now he knows his beer – but liquors? No Help. Although it was his idea to finally breakdown and ask the people behind the counter. (If they WEREN’T going to card us already, they sure were going to after that). Well, Triple Sec? Behind. The. Counter. OOOOH. I don’t know what that means? But it definitely told me it was NOT one of the ingredients in a Shirley Temple. CHECK.
3. Lime Juice? Okay. This liquor store didn’t have any. Limes? yes. Juices? yes. Lime Juice? no. Oh well. No Check.
4. Cranberry Juice? Ooh. Ooh. Ooh. I know that one! I know what that is! CHECK.
So, ingredients in hand. Gifts in hand. (Groovy martini glasses to go with the groovy drink mixing kit). We head to IrishChics house. And I? Made my FIRST Cosmopolitan. I substituted Cranberry Juice for the Lime Juice, at the recommendation of Irish Chic, and BAM. There it was, in all its alcoholic glory. But, my inexperience is VERY evident in the pictures as I hold my glass with TWO Hands. Jeez. Good thing I’m married because I have a feeling if I were trying to pick up guys in a bar holding my glass like that? I’d be out of luck. But – I made it myself. Yeah Me. oh. and Yummy too. It was good.
I still don’t know what the hell Triple Sec is though.