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Monday, January 08, 2007

Buckeye Battle Cry

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If you'll indulge my inner football fangirl for just a moment, there's a great drink recipe in it for you.

It seems like months since that glorious game against Michigan, but the Buckeyes are back, it's arrived, it's here. The day all Ohio football fans have been looking forward to... the BCS National Championship Game against Florida!

The game is of such national import that, according to the New York Times, even the new Congress has delayed their "First 100 Hours" in order to allow some members to attend the championship. Membership has its privileges, indeed.

It hasn't been the best year to be an Ohio football fan... but even when the Bengals imploded in the last several weeks of the regular season, I clicked my heels together and kept telling myself, "We've still got the Buckeyes... We've still got the Buckeyes... We've still got the Buckeyes!"

In honor of tonight's game, I offer the recipe for a Long Island Iced Tea variation called The Scarlet and Gray, which I first posted almost a year ago. It's really quite delicious, and quite potent, so by halftime, you might not even care who's leading.

The Scarlet and Gray

Build on ice, in a pint glass:
1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Rum
1/2 oz Sloe Gin
1/2 oz Southern Comfort
1/2 oz Triple Sec

Re-ice after liquor melt, then add

Splash of sour/bar lemon
Splash of cranberry juice

Shake generously with bar tin until foamy
Top with 7-Up

I'll admit to making myself just a little bit sick with anticipation over this game; that's what happens when they make you wait weeks to see the Bucs in action again. Whereever you are, lift your pint glasses of Scarlet and Gray, and root them on!

Update, 1:12 am 1-09-07:


Well, that sucked.

Drive, drive on down the field
Men of the scarlet and grey
Don't let them through that line
We've got to win this game today
Smash through to victory
We cheer you as we go!
Our honor to defend, we will fight to the end for OHIO!

- Buckeye Battle Cry

Nothing I can say
A total eclipse of the heart

- Bonnie Tyler, "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

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