For the next time you plan the B in F&B, be warned: The especially strong alcoholic drinks that follow will leave attendees without any clue as to what they just attended.
1. The Depth Charge. Take one shot of whiskey and dump it into a pint of Guinness Stout. Gulp fast or components tend to curdle. As the name implies, this quaff takes you under, explodes and leaves your shards floating in a sea of jetsam.
2. Long Island Iced Tea. This East Coast favorite mixes one shot each of vodka, tequila, rum, gin and triple sec, along with some sweet-and-sour mix, all topped by a splash of cola. Down a few of these and you might think you’re doing well, but once you attempt to stand up you’ll find your face quickly sideswiped by a hard, sticky surface known as “the floor.”
3. Dirty Shirley. We don’t know who Shirley was or whether her reputed filth was the product of too little soap or too lively a vocabulary, but if this stiff vodka-Sprite concoction topped with a dash of grenadine syrup was named after her, she likely was someone even Charlie Sheen would avoid.
4. Caipirinha. Made from hyper-potent sugarcane alcohol and lime juice, this traditional Brazilian libation will quickly have you doing a traditional Brazilian samba, only not while standing up.
5. Zombie. As you might suspect, this drink didn’t get it’s name from an ability to acutely sharpen your senses. Take one shot each of white, dark and spiced rum, a half-shot of apricot brandy, a half-shot each of pineapple and lime juice, and top with a dash of sugar syrup. Then wake up in the drunk tank at Bellevue.
6. Mescal. When consumed straight-up, this native Mexican cousin of tequila (with an alcohol content of 40 percent) throws all subtlety, not to mention your last comida, right out the window.
7. French Fried. Fill a tall glass with ice, add one ounce absinthe, one ounce black raspberry liqueur (Chambord) and top off with sparkling water. Knock down a few of these and you’ll experience the sensation of being a virtual absentee.
Source: Meetings & Conventions
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