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March 10, 2011
#69: Anna's Banana
2 oz Vodka
1/2 fresh Banana
1 tsp Honey
Dash of Lime Juice
Blend until smooth, and garnish with banana.
Who was Anna? A very happy woman if she liked bananas. There was not really much alcohol in this, just the 2 oz of Vodka, so allof the flavor came from the banana, honey, and a tiny bit from the dash of lime juice. I did garnish this with a slice of banana as indicated in the Good Book, but it really wasn't that appealing. Hah! Leaving the banana peel on per the instructions for garnishing made for a funky looking slice, but I realized that if I peeled the garnish slice, it wouldn't hold up well to hanging on the lip of the glass.
This was quite tasty if you like bananas, with just a hint of the vodka lingering in the very back. It was nice and thick, like an alcoholic banana shake. But I bet you can't get this at Jamba Juice.
Cliff Clavin once explained it like this:
A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Now, as we know, excessive intake of alcohol kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. And that, Norm, is why you always feel smarter after a few beers.
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