Having that kind of a day?
Yeah, us too. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how bright the sun is shining, there’s still room enough in the sky for a shit storm to come falling down on you. It’s what makes us look forward to the weekends, the times when we can really cut loose and have a great time, to engage in reckless abandon and truly fly free from the responsibilities of daily life.
And then there are those days when you’ve already done that, and still there’s a price to pay.
Yep, those are the ones. Fortunately, sometimes all you need are a few friends to help you work it out.
Sometimes, even the worst calamity can be overcome when you just have the right support network in place: a group of stalwarts who might have their own unique characteristics, but when they come together it’s exactly what you need to pull you out of trouble. It’s simply a matter of having the right helpers around at the right time.
You can never place too much value on those who are willing to pull you out of the Trampoline. For example, take my good friends:
- 1 part Blue Curacao (which Tina absolutely hates, a likely reason why it’s the most-full bottle remaining in our liquor cupboard)
- 1 part Jägermeister
- 1 part Vodka (preferably middle-quality or higher)
- ice, 3 cubes or more
- Your preferred cocktail shaker
- 1 can of a generic energy drink, preferably not diet for full effect
To your shaker, add your ice cubes and let them cool the shaker for a few minutes. Then, in order, measure out your 1 oz. of Jägermeister (German words just cry out for italics, I can’t help myself), then your 1 oz. of Blue Curacao, and finally add on top your 1 oz. of Vodka. You can go in any order you like, but this particular sequence allows for a pretty neat-o effect down the line.
Close your shaker and vigorously agitate for a good 10-count or so, or until you can’t stand the anticipation any more. I don’t blame you, it’s pretty exciting.
Finally, open up the shaker and pour out your mixture into a large wine glass, or tumbler of similar capacity. Wine glasses work better for effect.
Your mix thus far should have a color of green that you simply did not expect to exist outside of comic books, or possibly the interior decorating trends of the late 1970s. But there it is, and now something must be done — so go ahead and crack open your energy drink and add it to the glass, pouring to fill. Since most energy drinks are that unique shade of otherwise God-forsaken yellow, you should see your drink brighten to a shade even more unnatural.
Even as it does, you should see your drink begin to separate and naturally layer itself. The energy drink and Curacao will mix readily in the top layer, while the Jägermeister will settle into the bottom of your glass, with the vodka binding them together.
Up high, the sweetness; in the middle, the whoosh; down below, the hit. Here’s a cocktail that starts out sweet and light, moves you into territory where you’ll be wondering where you put it down until you realize it’s still in your hand, and finally wondering where you put your hand anyway oh there it is.
If that doesn’t describe the kind of day that starts on a high note and ends with you remembering the exact moment when you predicted your own horrible, lingering demise, I don’t know what will.
And it never hurts to share.