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Lia Lowry
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Last Logged In: December 10th, 2010

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(Not) Energy Drink by Lia Lowry, Burn Unit, EchHeck, r0ck c4ndy, Shea Wolfe, JJason Recognition, star5, Ink Tea, Celina, Curiou Sir, Henry, space bug, S 4, Blue Tulip

March 7th, 2008 1:21 PM / Location: 45.012241,-93.30916

INSTRUCTIONS: Design and produce a ________ drink. The only adjective that you may not insert in the blank is "energy."

»I think we're due for a party.
Don't you?«

It was one of those nights, when the weather really digs in, and the family stress is running high. The kids were feeling sick. The grownups were feeling sick and tired. Jail visits, late papers, working overtime, money's tight, Winter is king and Angst, his well-heeled queen.

»I do.I do.«

I said to BlueTulip, "Baby we need a party. We need a coming together. We need something to get people movin again. We must overcome this winter funk." Thus the MNZero Tasktail Hour was born, an opportunity for us to get together with the old gang and the new, revive the spirits, and commit a little praxis.

»Don't you? Don't you?«

We set up an event, a date was chosen, and invites extended. Soon a crowd of well dressed dames and slick boys materialized and we were off to the races.

We elected to take "design and produce" a step further, by also making an effort to create production-ready packaging. Bottles were decorated to match concoctions (one concoction was built to attempt to match a bottle) and drinks both alcoholic and non flowed freely.

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We came up with a number of interpretations for the task. We also present some of the recipes below (not all libations that were made were preserved by documentation) and a good time was had by all. We produced a couple drinks attempting to reflect group values from SF0 (and there's a couple more to be completed, documented, and posted).

A Minnesotan Drink by JJason
A Bit of Coconut Juice - For Snow
A Bit of A New Soda Experience - For More Snow
A Tiny Dollop of Grenadine - For the Cherry
Vodka to Taste - For Norwegians
Add an unreasonable amount of ice. Served chilled. As you drink, revel as the ice slides down the glass to rest on your face, freezing the bridge of your nose.

Commentary on the Drink: Why yes, the winter is getting to me a little. Why do you ask?

» My God, you're

A SNIDE Drink by Doktor Harmon
In a collins glass, combine:
1/2 oz vodka
1 oz Irish cream
a splash of grenadine (optional, but the color really adds something)
Add enough soda water to fill the glass.

A BARTPA Drink by Doktor Harmon and Burn Unit
1.5 oz. sake
1.5 oz. rum
2 dashes orange bitters
Shake with plenty of ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Commentary: We made this to use the two ingredients from the furthest away from each other we possibly could - sake from Japan and rum from Nicaragua seemed to be the closest we had to antipodal ingredients. Burn Unit compared the taste to rainwater, with a vicious kick. The sake used was an unfiltered type, and the rum was cheap tasting. Next time, I'll try a better rum and a cleaner sake.

Commentary by Curiou Sir
My attempt at a drink was judged too sweet by those I had try it, so I did not record it. However, the ingredient I brought was used in, at least, one completed drink, by r0ck c4ndy, I believe. So, I consider going to this at least somewhat successful. [I brought the pomegranate molasses]

»Party, party, party, party«

A truly not energy drink by Shea Wolfe

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I was looking at this task, trying to decide what to do with it. So I asked myself "What is energy?" The answer I came up with, is energy is anything that can produce heat, as energy is always lost through heat when used. Therefore, to make a not energy drink one must first have a normal drink and then proceed to remove the energy. How to remove the energy though? This was the problem I faced. But then it hit me, I could use fire! fire is a release of energy almost directly to heat, wonderful for removing all that pesky energy.

The method employed was to place vodka in a pan on the stove, then get it evaporating, then light the vapors on fire. It worked (eventually) and the vapors burned away, leaving a de-alcoholized liquid which was consumed.
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»Party, party,
party, party«

The Swirling Madness by Burn Unit
Blue sweeteners including blueberry jam and blue raspberry cocktail sweetener
Boiling water
Let this purple stuff set up a little in a bag. Snip off the corner of the bag and pipe the gelatin mixture into the Milkis liquid (just like piping frosting onto a cake). Put the container into the fridge for a while to accumulate more magical essence (i.e., set up even more). Consume.
Or don't.
Probably don't.


It could be said that the real take Burn Unit had in mind was
Design and produce a fun occasion to drink.

+ larger

aw. yeah.
bottle decorating
princess fairy of cocktailia
early stages...
Fresh out of the lab
happy days are here again
a better look at our fabricating facility.
bottle selection
The Minnesotan
The Minnesotan
The Minnesotan
The Minnesotan
The Minnesotan
The Minnesotan
The Minnesotan
Lia Lowry and Henry
stepping up production
dressed for a taste test
down the hatch
Pop Pom
Henry contributes
proof of concept 1
proof of concept 2
it swirled better
give it some time
the bar survived
the dining room did not
well, okay it survived

36 vote(s)



35 comment(s)

Does my vote subsidizes your drinky time?
posted by Jellybean of Thark on March 7th, 2008 1:37 PM

Neat, so the Doktor goes everywhere in that labcoat then?

posted by Tøm on March 7th, 2008 1:50 PM

How drunk was everyone?

Who was the most drunk?!

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posted by Burn Unit on March 7th, 2008 1:54 PM

I'm not sure, but I don't think anyone was drunk. Hard to believe, I know.

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posted by Tøm on March 7th, 2008 1:58 PM

Noone at all?!

Not even Henry?

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posted by Minch on March 7th, 2008 2:35 PM

vote for the fairy child overseeing the chaos.

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posted by Burn Unit on March 7th, 2008 2:38 PM

Overseeing? More like "half the cause of!"

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posted by .thatskarobot on March 7th, 2008 3:02 PM

party tasking is always a good time!

posted by Ink Tea on March 7th, 2008 3:02 PM

Did the links I posted get offed?

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posted by Burn Unit on March 7th, 2008 3:03 PM

Damn! Can you message me with em again?

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posted by Ink Tea on March 7th, 2008 3:05 PM

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posted by Burn Unit on March 7th, 2008 3:07 PM

I beg your pardon, no one intentionally deleted them!

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posted by GYØ Ben on March 7th, 2008 3:39 PM

I fucking hate you guys.

You stole the Shplank! Oh well, back to square one for me, I guess - nice to see some names in there that I haven't seen for a while :)

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posted by teucer on March 7th, 2008 6:45 PM

Having left early, I'm curious: did any of the other groups end up getting drinks made for them?

(I knew when I suggested it that it would be a tall order...)

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posted by teucer on March 7th, 2008 6:46 PM

Also, voted and favorited.

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posted by Blue Tulip on March 7th, 2008 6:47 PM

I am disappointed, though, that the requested pineapple still sits on our kitchen counter.

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posted by teucer on March 7th, 2008 7:30 PM

Damn. I took BU aside and gave directions for what we ought (in my opinion and as the basis of the request) to have done with it, but then we got sidetracked on the BARTPA drink.

And then I had to go.

Sorry about that. My bad.

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posted by Iaman on March 8th, 2008 12:28 AM

Very nice job, guys, very nice.

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posted by Burn Unit on March 8th, 2008 4:46 AM

And i messaged about the pineapple one. just send me the recipe and this will all go away

Also, she's just disappointed because it means I've caused the kitchen to be messy. Still.

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posted by Kyle Westwood on March 8th, 2008 4:02 PM

I enjoyed the "we are removing energy from the drink with science". Looked like a fun night.

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posted by GYØ Ben on March 9th, 2008 4:11 AM


Re: The Pineapple
posted by Blue Tulip on March 9th, 2008 10:15 AM

AND we are so totally lame for not just EATING it. What's WRONG with us?!

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posted by rongo rongo on March 11th, 2008 7:18 AM

Looks like a great time, and that's saying something when you're talking about Minnesota in the late winter.

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posted by teucer on March 11th, 2008 9:50 PM

Huh, I somehow missed the message asking me to message you the pineapple recipe. In penance, I will post it in public for any other pineapple fans who may want to do stuff with pineapples of their own:

Cut the pineapple as you would to eat it. In fact, eat it if you like, pineapple is tasty. However, instead of throwing away the skin (and little bit of outside fruit that comes off with it), toss it into a sterilized one-gallon container along with two pounds of dark brown sugar and a little bit of fresh ginger. Add enough water to top it off, and cover it, ideally with an airlock and an otherwise-airtight seal to avoid contamination.

When the gas coming off it smells like something you might actually want to consume, as opposed to kinda funky in a way that vaguely resembles old books, it's ready to be bottled; this will take a bit over a week usually. You can put it in glass bottles, or just siphon it into a few one-liter soda bottles or something. Whatever you do, do *not* add priming sugar.

Leave the bottles out overnight, then transfer them to a cold refrigerator.

The above is known as guarapo de piña and is, I am told, a traditional drink in Valencia. I have substituted orange blossom honey for the brown sugar and made an exceptionally popular small mead; other substitutions are also possible. The result will always be sweet and fizzy. If you let it ferment to dryness it will get a bit sour; I suspect lactobacilli are to blame but I don't really know.

You can probably also get away with leaving bottles out overnight with a piece of pineapple skin in them, then removing said skin, to make something fizzy but not significantly alcoholic; I haven't tried this version myself so I don't know for sure.

In any event, I submit that if a somewhat different version of this happens to the tasktail hour pineapple, the specifics should be added to this praxis, as nothing tops tropical fruit and wild yeast for those wishing to make a Biome drink.

I do so love "kind of funky in a way that vaguely resembles old books"
posted by susy derkins on March 11th, 2008 10:38 PM

Substitute the ginger for cinnamon and cloves (or leave the spices out altogether) and you´ll get tepache, fermented for 2-4 days in clay pots: fizzy and non-alcoholic. Some people add beer midway through the fermentation process. Some others add tequila afterwards.

posted by Burn Unit on March 30th, 2008 6:10 AM

oh THAT's interesting
I looked at this on my praxis page and... five flags? double you tee eff? same with make someone's day. Hm.

Somebody have a problem here? Since I'm pretty sure I'm the only thread in common on both of those tasks, some secret unadmirer have a problem with me? Because there's nothing wrong with my collaborators on these. Back off, man!

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posted by Adam on March 30th, 2008 6:29 AM

See the discussions on shenanigans going on everywhere.

All tasks with more than 26 votes have 5 flags, the podcast task has 6.

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posted by Tøm on March 30th, 2008 8:28 AM


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posted by JJason Recognition on March 30th, 2008 1:37 PM

You know, I feel kinda left out cause there's all these Shenanigans and they seem to have all been fixed before I log in.

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posted by Delirium's Fishes on April 21st, 2008 8:28 AM

I relate to the Minnesota drink...screw the winter *shakesfist* but anyway, nice job, guys

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posted by Burn Unit on May 27th, 2008 3:01 PM

hey dammit, I always want more votes but not a flood of bots!

I suppose someone's leaving clues? today's guess: DNA!

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posted by JJason Recognition on May 27th, 2008 3:09 PM

'm srry.

But I did notice the DNA thing too. TCACGCG, eh? Which would correspond to AGTGCGC. Or AGUGCGC, if we're transcribing to RNA.

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posted by susy derkins on May 27th, 2008 3:39 PM

uh? I see CGGCTAC. Did the vote order change?

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posted by JJason Recognition on May 27th, 2008 3:51 PM

I was going off join order.

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posted by star5 on June 5th, 2008 9:40 AM

look! someone did it on a large scale!

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posted by teucer on June 5th, 2008 9:43 AM

Pssh, they totally ripped off SF0 on that one.