Tactical Intoxication Program: S2E12 “White Nights”

Why is this a day late?

Because taxes. That’s why.

Also, I am currently fun-employed until production on season 3 begins (translation: I’m not infront of a computer nearly as much).

Furthermore, the last two episodes don’t have any special cocktails mentioned in them.

I’m sorry, I really am. It’s not my fault.

But, we will power through this, and improvise, and you will still be intoxicated and happy.

This week, we shall focus on:

VODKA

This weeks episode mostly takes place in Russia. Thus, vodka has a large presence. Vodka holds the crown as the worlds most popular liquor. Mostly produced in a region of the world known as “The Vodka Belt”. This belt of countries include: Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Greenland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Rusyn, Slovakia and Hungary.

Let’s all give these countries a some applause for contributing to our terrible habits. Tanks guys!

Now, if you someday find yourself in Moscow (and I soon will) and ask a bartender for a “vodka cranberry” (and I will not), I get the impression that they might break your face with handle of Grey Goose. In the Belt countries, vodka is traditionally drank neat, and done so in large quantities. I’ll soon have a 5 hour lay-over in Moscow during an up-coming vacation, so I’ll see if I can get some first hand verification of this. Now, since most of you aren’t in the vodka belt (I can only assume). Let’s go ahead and break several rules here.

1. I’m going to suggest that you put vodka into a mixed drink. gasp!

2. It is a mixed drink that is not actually featured in this episode, but, the name is appropriate and thus I think suitable for consumption.

THE WHITE RUSSIAN

Anyone with good taste knows that this is the drink of The Dude. You might not know that the term “White Russian” is borrowed from “White Russia” a name that has historically been applied to various regions in Eastern Europe, most often to that which roughly corresponds to the eastern part of present-day Belarus including the cities of Polatsk, Vitsyebsk, Mahiliou.

The invention of the drink however, has no ties to Russia at all. Legend has it that the “Black Russian” (like a white russian, but without the addition of cream) first appeared in 1949, at the Metropolitan Hotel in Bruxelles. Bartender Gustave Tops supposedly created the drink in honor of then US ambassador Pearl Mesta. Here is how you make the white version:

  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 ounce Coffee Liqueur
  • 3 ounces Light Cream

Fill an Old Fashioned Glass with ice. Pour in vodka and coffee liqueur. Gently pour cream over the top of this, “floating” the cream above the alcohol, like this.

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