I have to thank Chris this week putting me back on track and giving me the inspiration for the Tequila Mockingbird.
Friday evening, as is usual, Chris came to the bar to discuss the G.D.I.T.W.T.W. I noticed as he sat at the bar that he had a very serious look on his face.
This is the dialogue that followed:
Chris: "Joe, I feel that we are moving too far away from the original idea of this blog."
Joe: "What do you mean?"
C: "Well, your stories, although I accept they may be mildly entertaining to a couple of our readers, they are not what you were brought on-board for."
J: "O.K., Chris, but I do feel that with any new concept, a reason needs to be attached to the principal"
C; " What?"
J: "I like ."
C: "Listen, this week I would like you to make an original drink, I have come up with the name Tequila Mockingbird as a starting point for you."
J: "Great name! Obviously tequila, but where should we go from there?"
C: "That, my friend, is up to you."
J: "Your right, Chris, in fact this reminds me of the time.."
C: "Stop it. Your doing it again. You are like the demented old relative at Thanksgiving that starts every story with 'When I was a boy.' Please try to stay in the plot."
Feeling somewhat dejected and realizing I was never going to be awarded the Nobel prize for literature, I cast my eyes over the vast array of bottles waiting for me on the shelves. Grabbing the tequila, I started to mix.
A mixologist is like a chef, you start with a quality ingredient and experiment by attaching additional flavors. The thing you never want to happen is that the additions you make mask the original ingredient. You may enhance the flavor or make your customer experience the original ingredient in a new and unexpected way. But, just as you would never garnish farm raised salmon with pig's liver, also never mix tequila with something like strawberry-flavored whipped cream from an aerosol can. Use quality and fresh ingredients and you can't go wrong.
I did have a story about a bottle of tequila and a Vegas show girl, but as my story telling days have been put on hold it will have to wait.
I, like Igor, am ever subservient to my master.