38. Cocktail of the Week: “I just can’t”

The theme for these next posts has been, “don’t suck” and so this next cocktail will not be dedicated to a veteran smoker, but more to those people who do not like white rum.

Why white rum?
My roommate does not like white rum much, dark rum is acceptable, but there is something about white rum that really throws him off. I will admit, the flavor of white rum is very specific and is not as versatile as the flavor of dark rum; you can only use white rum in very specific recipes, and if you get one ingredient off it ruins the whole entire drink.
While talking over dinner, my roommate and I discussed this dilemma and he seemed very distraught by how useless white rum could be.
“I mean, I don’t know, you can only make a limited amount of drinks with it and then afterwards you get bored. I don’t know, I mean, I just can’t…”
After pondering how he was going to finish his sentence he looked at me and shrugged his shoulders while announcing “white rum just sucks.”

It “just sucks”…
well how can I make it not suck?
So this lead me to come up with a recipe that was not very fruity, but definitely you want to drink while having a relaxing evening as you look up at the stars.

How to make the “Starlift”
you will need…
– Bicardi rum
– Wild Blue Premium Blueberry lager
– Cointreau
– Champagne of your choice
– lime
First few steps
First take a basic tumbler glass and fill it with ice, no cocktail shaker will be needed for this simple recipe. Then take 1.5 Oz of Bicardi Rum and pour it into the glass, follow that with approximately 3 ounces of Wild Blue (add more or less if you feel it is necessary). Then take half of a lime, juice it, and pour it into the drink. This will leave the drink tasting super tangy…if you prefer your drinks this tart, then leave it this way and do not add more.
If not…
Add a little bit of Champagne (brand of your choice) and then half a shot of Cointreau.
Final step
Then take a stir, the one here has a flamingo on it, if not you can use an umbrella (the little ones you put on drinks, not full sized ones of course) or any other one that you have, and mix all the flavors together. This drink is very simple and actually has a pretty neutral flavor. A decorated stir really takes it from basic to funky. Be careful though…this drink will sneak up on you…it consists entirely of alcohol except for the juiced lime.

The Starlift is a drink that has a radiant color reminiscent of the sky when it goes from sunset to full night; you will be able to star gaze and enjoy a Marlboro Sky cigarette comfortably on the beach.


37. Too literal…

In this post I will be taking the term “don’t suck” too literal.

I stopped by the coffee shop that my roommate works at the other day and I heard an arguing couple make a connection that I had never thought of before…
As the couple tried to find a place to sit the girl insisted on sitting outside because she needed to be able to smoke her cigarette if she felt like it. Her boyfriend, clearly annoyed, turned to her and said,
“Jesus, aren’t you supposed to be quitting? You’re like a vampire except instead of feigning for blood you have to suck in cigarette smoke.”
The girlfriend was not pleased with her boyfriends response, but I totally was.
Vampires consume blood to live and without it they die. Smokers need to consume their cigarette smoke; once you are hooked, you feel like without it you will die. I am sure the girl in this story, like most smokers, is heavily addicted to the nicotine and feels like she can’t survive unless she smokes enough cigarettes…just like vampires cannot survive unless they suck in the right amount of blood.
If she had a Marlboro Sky cigarette she would have been able to avoid this nasty little tiff with her boyfriend & enjoy her daily dose of nicotine while sitting inside.

Too bad we have not found a way for vampires to get blood without actually sucking it out of people.
In conclusion, people who smoke Marlboro Sky don’t suck.

36. The Wall – Step One

While trying to come up with ideas I put my iPod on shuffle and “Young Lust” by Pink Floyd came on, the song comes from one of their most famous albums…The Wall.
I actually decided to re-watch all the music videos; the music videos lumped together make Pink Floyd’s THE WALL Movie. Unlike Tommy, the rock opera written by The Who, The Wall was not created as a big theatrical event. The Wall was created as a story, in which you can listen to the album but no images are necessary, but in Tommy each song needs visuals and if you were to listen to the album without the images you would be left confused, the visuals go hand in hand with the music. A lot of songs from The Wall can stand alone as hit singles, but when the album and music videos are pieced together it tells the story of a boy trying to break out of the norm and get over “the wall” that keeps him trapped.

The most famous song would be “Another Brick in the Wall, part 2” where all the people who live behind the wall are not encouraged to be individuals, and people are stacked upon each other to create a sense of cohesive normality. This made me think of the Marlboro Sky brand, and how Marlboro Sky is not like the other Marlboro cigarettes, he is trapped behind this wall of “normal” cigarettes and feels the need to escape.
One of the most iconic and yet terrifying images from The Wall Movie would be the face breaking through all of the bricks.
So for my next endeavor I decided to recreate this image, but make it 3-dimensional instead, and also make it so that one can hang it up in the wall (irony, anyone?).

The first step involved creating a face out of paper & gluing it on to a regular canvas. I had to sculpt chunks of tissue paper and then create paper mache (a glue mixture used to create sculptural pieces with paper) to hold the face down.
The Wall - pt 1
I am doing these in different posts because it takes a fair amount of time and waiting, you have to do this sort of task in over a matter of days.
So far, for day one, we are finished and I have to let the sculpted wet paper sit until dry.
Check in on the next few posts and you shall see the next steps.