Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Of Staals and Shooters

We've gone an awful long time without Penguins hockey, haven't we? And the last game was marred by Matt Cooke's possibly season-ending hit to Marc Savard's head. Tomorrow night's game against the Carolina Hurricanes should be much better. I'm going to have to TiVo it because it's my birthday and I don't want to spend it in front of the TV, but I hope Bill Guerin gives me the gift of a hat trick and/or a really hot decisive fight.

What this game will almost definitely bring are a few (hundred) references to the fact that the guys named Staal on each team, the ones who look really similar, are, big shock, brothers. Last year, Kim and Zoe at Puck Huffers came up with the Staal Brothers Drinking Game. A drinking game requires a good shooter, and so I came up with this earlier in the season. It tastes good, and it's green, like the famous sod farm. (Some of you may therefore wish to try this next week.)

Staal Sod Farm Shooter

1 ounce vanilla-flavored vodka
1 ounce creme de menthe

Shake ingredients in cocktail shaker with a couple of ice cubes; pour into shot glass. Can be easily multiplied for multiple shots.

After I posted that, FrankD at Pensburgh suggested that I make a cocktail that is appropriately grassy, with chlorophyll or wheatgrass. Homer Simpson (okay, his writers) beat me to it. I'd have to drink a lot of something else in order to drink this, but I'll share it here anyway.


1 oz vodka
1 oz wheatgrass juice

Stir together in a shot glass, and serve.

Me, I'll probably be having a bourbon and "Come onnnnn, y'all, ya gotta have Diet Pepsi, not just Coke, right?" Hooks Orpik can help with morning-after recovery. To quote the great Sinead O'Connor, "If we can't be good, we'll be careful."


  1. Have fun on your birthday!

    Question: Would it be considered bad etiquette to sub the Creme de Menthe with Rumplemintz? Or Ouzo?

    You're such a good sport for plugging Frankie's recipe, but I'm gonna respectfully pass on the Lawnmower. Sorry, Frankie. Should be renamed the "Compost Goalpost", because wheatgrass tastes like cramps and farts. And gas.

  2. Thanks again! Drink what you want--the Rumple Minze sounds good, actually. I just have always loved the taste and color of creme de menthe (I know it's not always green, but that's not the same), and the combination of mint and vanilla.

    No need to blame Frank for the Lawnmower--he just tossed that idea out. I always look my combinations up before I post, 'cause I don't need some Flyers fan wandering in and telling me how "everyone knows" that the drink I named after Max Talbot is actually known as a Pierre McGuire Orgasm, which has been served in Philadelphia's finest bars for years. I was reminded of that Simpsons episode, so we'll give Homer the credit/blame. Personally, I have never been able to take advantage of the health benefits in wheatgrass juice, 'cause I can't choke down more than one sip.