Day 457

Not one but two class presentations today. First up was my one-on-one debate in Business Ethics where I tried to support the resolution that it is ethical for celebrities to endorse products that they neither like nor use. The gist of my argument was that celebrity endorsements are so 20th-century, and if no one cares about them, does it really matter? OK, not a strong argument, but you didn’t exactly send me a lot of ideas, did you? <I shake my fist at the uncaring public>

On to Sensory Evaluation, where it was time for us to unveil our beer cocktails. A lot of them were fairly complicated, so no surprise when we went into overtime, much to the discomfiture of the next class waiting to get into the tasting lab.

The cocktails were very creative, and yes, they all included beer as an ingredient, in addition to various liqueurs and spirits, and even mead or eggnog. Most turned out to be sweet winter-time comfort drinks, so our light, dry, thirst-quenching summer patio drink, Green Wit Envy, was a bit unusual. For those of you who have been waiting for the recipe:

Green Wit Envy

  • Pour 1.5 oz gin, 1 oz blue raspberry syrup and a splash of lemon juice into highball glass 1/4 filled with crushed ice. (We used Bombay Sapphire London Gin for its botanical aroma, but if you prefer another gin…)
  • Pour 4 oz Belgian wit into glass. (We used Hoegaarden, but Rickard’s White or any other wit would also work). If you pour gently, the wit will combine with some of the blue gin/raspberry mix, turning a light green, while leaving a blue layer below.
  • Garnish with raspberry (or, as someone suggested, a raspberry frozen inside an ice cube).

Suggested food pairings would be summer patio fare: grilled shrimp, grilled veggies, fresh melon and berries, even just potato chips and dip.

After tasting 2-oz samples of 12 different cocktails, I then went to the college library to doze on the big comfy couch for a couple of hours.

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