My current drink
5 ice cubes, about an ounce of grand marnier, about 1/2 ounce of grain alchohol, strong orange juice, and san pellagrino. It feels really good after an afternoon of doing physical work. It's nothing compared to some of the extreme homeowners on here, but I loaded 2 van fulls of junk and garbage and took 'em to the dump, about 1000 pounds in all, so a cold drink is reallllllllly relaxing.
July 4th, 2007 12:32am
I am into, now :
Tanqueray and tonic with ice. Expensive though.
July 4th, 2007 12:36am
Homemade whiskey here. I don't trust that commercial crap. You never know who made it.
I like the grain alcohol - 98% pure. Of course, there can be some nasty things in that other 2% if the company that made it isn't good...
July 4th, 2007 2:42am
Ward: you are making me thirsty. Unfortunately I noticed recently that the Socialist Republic of California have banned grain alcohol as a public health hazard. Boo sucks. (BTW, the purest product for human consumption is going to be 95% alcohol, 5% water, e.g. Everclear)
Impractical: Tanqueray actually is gin. A vodka tonic is a gin and tonic with half the flavour removed.
Bot: expensive isn't the point, the taste is worth it. I find the brand of tonic makes a difference too -- I much prefer Schweppes over, say, Canada Dry.
What the hell? Why is California banning alcohol? That's just stupid.
This whole prohibition mentality is so fucking stupid. I really resent the whole police state/carding for booze crap that goes on, training the sheeple to think presenting government identity papers is a normal part of making routine sundrie purchases. Well it's not.
Wake up America! Build stills and be free!
>>> California have banned grain alcohol as a public health hazard. Boo sucks.
I get mine at the duty-free in WA coming back to Canada.
>>> (BTW, the purest product for human consumption is going to be 95% alcohol, 5% water, e.g. Everclear)
Sangamon's principle: the best drugs (or any chemical, for that matter) are the simplest. So Nitrous Oxide is better than alcohol, but everything else is worse than alcohol. It's not sci-fi, but I urge everyone to read Neal Stephenson's "Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller." First book of his that I read, and probably still the best. (It's where Sangamon's principle comes from.)
July 4th, 2007 3:44am
I don't know if I believe in Sangamon's principle, but it's an interesting idea. The number of poisons with very small molecules (e.g. cyanide, methanol, carbon monoxide) makes for a rather dramatic counterpoint.
The alcohol is going to be 95% though because when you distil it, 95% is where it stops. You can't get to 100% without expensive and complicated chemical processes, and the remaining 5% of water is no practical disadvantage for human uses.
I read a few hints that it might be possible to get the 95% stuff on reservations. I might just look into that.
If I remember rightly the way to get past the 95.4% barrier is to add benzene. You really, really do not want to ingest benzene which fucks your bone marrow. You do not "..have to swim in it to get cancer" as a mate of mine once said.
Grey Goose and cranberry juice.
July 4th, 2007 6:21am
And if you DID drink 100% alcohol, it would dehydrate you so fast your tongue would swell. Don't do that.
"Everclear is also gaining popularity as fuel for the alcohol stoves and Beverage-can stoves often used by ultralight backpackers. It is expensive compared to denatured alcohol, but many backpackers greatly value it because, unlike most other fuels, it is non-toxic (accidental introduction will not ruin the food being prepared) and can be used as a hand cleanser, disinfectant, panic suppressant, painkiller, or as a beverage mixer."
Yeah, and when you burn single malt whiskey in the camp stove, it gives the camp that lovely smokey burned whiskey smell.
Probably keeps away mosquitos, too.