Today we celebrate National Cocktail Day!

But first...what constitutes a "cocktail"?  Well, I'm glad you asked.  A cocktail is simply a mixed drink.  According to Wikipedia:

cocktail is a mixed drink typically made with a distilled liquor (such as arrack, brandy, cachaça, gin, rum, tequila, vodka, or whiskey) as its base ingredient that is then mixed with other ingredients or garnishments. Sweetened liqueurs, wine, or beer may also serve as the base or be added.

Which include but are not limited to the following drinks:

  • Jack & Coke
  • Captain & Coke
  • Screwdrivers
  • Vodka & lemonade
  • Mimosa

It's at this point that I'm realizing how limited my "cocktail" intake actually is.  So if you want to get fancy...you could include things like:

  • Whiskey Sour
  • Martini
  • Harvey Wallbanger
  • Mint Julep
  • Mojito
  • Piña Colada

But don't forget you can also create your own cocktails to celebrate.  One in particular comes to mind that was invented by my buddy Jeremy "Jorge" Folk (who doubles as my drummer in Folk n' Stages).  Back in high sch....I mean college we were at a party and we were running out of mixers.

We had only a few ingredients to choose from and he used them all to create the notorious Jorge Slammer.  He used equal parts:

  • Mountain Dew
  • Beer
  • Orange Juice
  • Southern Comfort

So, yeah.  Equal parts of everything an we somehow didn't realize why it made everyone throw up.

The key to drinking a "Jorge Slammer" is to not smell it first.  You don't need to go as far as to hold your nose...but don't even waft it before you drink it.

Actually...maybe don't even drink it.

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