Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Public Option

Cocktail of the Week: "A cure-all to bridge ALL sides of the health care debate.

Promising universal coverage for what ails us, the Public Option’s sweet syrup has to defend itself against the heady debate between tangy grapefruit juice and spicy ginger liquor. Just be careful not to add too much Swedish or (gasp!) Russian vodka to the oft-revived elixir that has engaged mixologists on both sides of the aisle—failure to appeal to conservative palates may keep this vital prescription unfilled. Fortunately, the soft distortion of absinthe is there to help us patiently await approval.

Absinthe Alibi

1 oz. Vodka

1 oz. Ginger Liqueur

.5 oz. Le Tourment Vert absinthe

2 oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice

.25 oz. Simple Syrup

5 mint leaves

Glass: Tall


- Place mint in the bottom of the serving glass (tall glass) and lightly bruise the mint with a muddler (do not smash like a mojito).

- Fill glass with shaved ice (ideal) or ice cubes.

- In a shaker, shake remaining ingredients and strain into the serving glass.

- Garnish with a grapefruit peel and mint sprig.

Reprinted from The Daily Beast


  1. I concur,

    Get the gang together for a heated debate on the heathcare issues. Just have an open bar and im sure they'll all show up. But one catch , only "public option" on tap. Im sure after few hours of elbow bending, the focus and inspiration of la fée verte will surely bring them to agreement.

    I on the other hand, would leave out six ingredints . Get some Russan jewel, and after about 20-30 frozen shots, have and all out cage match brawl on the floor of the senate. then after, let them decide what kind of heathcare they want.

    "Na Zdorovie"

  2. Right on, Mi Amigo. I seem to remember one or two afternoon shots that turned into late afternoon shots that turned into early evening shots, well you get the memory.
    You bring the vodka, I bring the french bread and cheese, or was it, you bring the vodka, I supply the canapes?
    To get serious for a moment, I am really starting to think the public option, cocktail or otherwise, and any kind of health care reform is dead. I read Matt Taibbi's column @Rolling Stone (highly recommended) and came away feeling dejected and disappointed.
    Alas I was reminded tonight of a conversation that the commenter, myself, and others had in Swampscott about Hillary vs Obama. The "others" are the ones who reminded me.
    When are you going to upload a post? Where's the vodka?

    Votre Sante.

  3. Or should I have said "Zakuski" instead of canapes?

    Skol (For those who prefer Absolut)