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08 September 2008

Monday night questions Ginger beer -- yum! Vodka -- yum! But not so great together. Why?

Foster daughter -- has eye infection (she's a crap-tastic contact lens wearer, despite many warnings) -- she wanted to go to the hospital tonight -- I refused and said I was tired -- will she die? (Internet seems to say no.)
(I mean, I promised to take her to the doctor tomorrow. I just don't want to hang around the ER for hours tonight.)
posted by Claudia_SF 08 September | 23:52
Ginger beer -- yum! Vodka -- yum! But not so great together. Why?

Hmmm. My guess is that because vodka tends to intensify fruit flavors, and also tastes a bit medicinal. Ginger, though I love it, can taste medicinal if it's too strong. So I'm thinking maybe the vodka intensifies the wrong flavors in the ginger, and you end up with a very antiseptic-tasting part that totally clashes with the sweeter parts of the ginger beer.

No thoughts on the eye infection. Maybe you could pour some vodka on it. :-)
posted by occhiblu 08 September | 23:54
Chamomile teabags soaked in warm water and used as a compress on the eyelids will help with the irritation.
posted by brujita 09 September | 00:10
Ginger beer is good with dark rum -- it's called a Dark and Stormy if you throw a shot in and I think it's delightful.

posted by heeeraldo 09 September | 00:15
Don't know what ginger beer you're using, but voddie and ginger beer (usually Bundaberg) is a staple at my yard.

Try adding a dash of bitters.
posted by pompomtom 09 September | 01:10
Pull out the contacts, rinse well with the saline, and take her, as planned, to the doc tomorrow.

On the other front, I hear Scotch and ginger is the way to go. Since I'm in the USA, I mostly just mix my various whiskeys with a splash of water and ice. With rum, I'd say a Dark and Stormy sounds great, with a dark rum.

posted by lilywing13 09 September | 02:02
Smirnoff are currently running an ad campaign here featuring the Moscow Mule - perhaps the lime is the magic ingredient that stops it being horrible?
posted by altolinguistic 09 September | 03:30
Heh, thanks, all. We (daughter and I) had a huge fight because I wouldn't take her last night -- her claiming that I don't care about her, "because I'm white," (??) slamming doors repeatedly. With the late-night door slamming (I have really, erm, sensitive neighbors with the landlord on speed dial) I exclaimed, "bitch!" (not helpful, I know) Then she started following me around with her cell phone trying to record me "calling her a bitch." So THAT was really funny so I started laughing.

She's 18 so I gave her cab money to take herself to the ER.
posted by Claudia_SF 09 September | 11:32
Late to the party, but heeeraldo nails it. If you're making it yourself, put the rum in last, and don't stir. It will resemble its name, and gets tastier and tastier as you drink.
posted by SpiffyRob 09 September | 14:16
Ain't kids great?

as said by a woman with an 18 and 17 year old stepkids, plus a 15 and 11 year old of her own.
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