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March 1, 2011

#60: Amsterdam Blackout

3/4 oz Absinthe
3/4 oz over proofed Rum
3/4 oz Jagermeister

Great Odin's Left Nut! Or Odin's Great Left Nut, I'm not sure which is more appropriate. The name of the drink says it all here.

To start, I didn't have a shot glass tall enough for all of the ingredients, but I realized that the recipe is basically equal amounts of all three, so I used 1/2 oz increments.

The look was nice, but gave indication of the seriousness that lay within. Damn, I seriously could not finish this drink, even when made in a smaller amount. One sip and I had to sit down, it was so strong.

It burned from the absinthe (70% alcohol), the Jagermeister made it sweet, and the over-proofed 151-proof rum (75% alcohol), provided a seriously strong platform for destruction. Eye watering, wanton destruction.

I have had shots of 100-proof vodka in my day, and even 180-proof grain alcohol, and this took top honors. They have nothing on this. An Amsterdam Blackout can take them all down, and not even break a sweat.

The flavors weren't bad, but they will kick you in the gonads, prompting a stint to the couch to lay down for a few minutes. I could barely read my notes for this when I typed it up. My eyes were still watering, my mouth was burning, and I am sure I looked like a character from a Tex Avery cartoon. In the end, I decided that mere mortal words can not do this drink justice. You have to try it for yourself.

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