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Geektress Mardi Gras: Full of Liquor

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Picture via Jambot; more on Flickr.

On Sunday afternoon, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus made its debut on the streets of New Orleans. They are an official krewe, and describe themselves as "Bacchanalian Revelry + Sci Fi = BacchanALIENS". They even received special permission to march uptown on St. Charles Avenue, which is backwards from the way every other Mardi Gras parade travels. They're fellow "Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, and Mad Scientists", of course they gotta do things different.

After the jump, celebrate Fat Tuesday with a list of our favorite mixed drinks.

Cherry Cream Pie

We used this drink as the "featured drink" at our party at Burgers & Cupcakes in October.

Mix and serve over ice. For the "Whipped Cherry" option, you top with a dollop of whipped cream, but that's only if you want to get fain-cee.

Beergaritas

This was a great way to trick Laura in to drinking beer. It's also a good way to get rid of any miscellaneous beers you may have laying around, or (in my case) the beer you may have bought a sixer of to try out and discovered you hate.

  • 1 (6 oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 8 oz. vodka
  • 3 (12 oz.) cans or bottles beer

Stir ingredients together in a pitcher (do not add water to the lemonade!) Serve over ice. If you only have a giant bottle of cherry vodka left over from a party -- maybe a party with burgers and cupcakes, say -- you can certainly use that in the recipe. The result is like drinking liquid Jujubes.

Bourbon & Coke

  • 2 oz. (or more, or less, depends on you) Bourbon
  • Coca-Cola

This is Dania's jam. The traditional way to make it is to fill a short tumbler with ice, pour the bourbon on top, and then fill the glass to about a half inch below the rim with cola. According to Dane, she enjoys:

A good Kentucky bourbon - Maker's, Russell's Reserve, Knob Creek, etc., I'm not picky - and Diet Coke. In spring and summer, I have also been known to take blackberry brandy with my Diet Sprite.

Gin & Tonic

As soon as Rania gives birth and gets the okay to get her drink on again, she is definitely going to go for a G&T.

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 5 oz. tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge

Combine the gin and tonic over ice. Stir. Add lime if it suits you.

Now, this may look like an easy drink to make, but according to Dale DeGroff, one of the nation’s "leading mixology consultants", 90% of the bars in America will get a good old fashioned G&T wrong because they use soda water right out of the soda gun. A real Gin & Tonic uses tonic water with quinine. (Schweppes is mentioned often as the best.) The interesting thing about this drink is that it was invented by the British to get people to drink their quinine, in order to help combat the spread of malaria.

Makes sense. I mean if you're British and you're traveling to the magnetic North Pole, you may need extra help repelling mosquitos.

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If you're out celebrating tonight, have fun, but be safe. If you're staying in, let us know your poison of choice in the comments. Cheers!

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Comments (3)

Bren:

I should probably mention that in order to get enough quinine in you to deter mosquitoes, you have to drink like seven bottles of tonic water, but what are you, my mother? I can drink three gallons of gin, shaddup, I'll do it.

michael:

You know, I've also heard that the Gin & Tonic was invented by, specifically, British sailors to combat rickets and stuff, as old-timey sailors did not apparently get enough vitamin C in their diets. I don't know if this information is true in any way but it's what I've been told.

Dane:

I am now intrigued by beergaritas.