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.
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 right.«
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
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.
»Party, party, party, party«
The Swirling Madness by Burn Unit
Blue sweeteners including blueberry jam and blue raspberry cocktail sweetener
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.
It could be said that the real take Burn Unit had in mind was Design and produce afun occasion todrink.