Every day a different drink. Not just how to make them, but a detailed review of how they actually taste, photos of the drinks, and stories along the way. Starting from the beginning, The Bartender's Black Book will be our guide, taking us

(and our livers) on a journey from which we may never recover. Cheers!

March 22, 2011

#76: Appendectomy (aka Appendicitis)

1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Orange Liquer
1 oz Sour Mix
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice, shake, and strain into a chilled glass

Well, we're back. Spring Training in Peoria was awesome, especially since the Padres beat the Cubs 14-4. The highlights for me were the score, having a better seat than Dave Winfield (who we saw a few rows away), and downing the largest hot dog ever (seriously, it had to be 14" long, and built like a porn star). Sadly, I didn't think to get a picture of the Ruthian when I was there. Maybe next year. A few other photos:


But back to the drinks. Where did this drink get its name? The best I can come up with is that some people claim that the pain of appendicitis can be lessened by drinking ginger ale, usually flat ginger ale. It could be one of the things that they let you drink at the hospital after an appendectomy, and people seem to remember that episode in their lives. Weird, sort of like a lot of people (me included) who only drink ginger ale when on an airplane. It just feels right. Not sure why ginger ale would help such a serious condition as appendicitis, but it was the best I could find. If anyone has better info, let me know.

The flavor of the gin was nice and strong, and the sour mix added just the right amount of sweet and tartness. The orange liquer almost hid away, but poked its pleasant little head up the more I sipped.

It was not quite a martini, but the gin was reminiscent of one. This had a very pleasant taste, and was refreshing throughout. A winner of a drink, even with a scary name.

Tomorrow I will be back with the 3rd part of the Tetrapharmakos, or 4-part cure for happiness. Right now I am still recovering from vacation, where I was seriously happy.

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