"Drinking in LA" Cocktail
So, as I mentioned in an earlier entry, I ended up creating a cocktail while out in LA, "competing" on MasterChef. Well, more accurately, I created it while being holed up in my hotel room!
Anyway, a few days after arriving, we were allowed to go to a nearby mall... it was like getting sprung from jail! We were allowed to roam free for a couple hours, no babysitters, no need to ask permission to go to the washroom. It was kind of awesome, even if I hate malls. FREEDOM!
You know what else is awesome? The fact that you can buy booze at Target in LA.
Now, I've seen booze for sale in grocery stores before - in Chicago. Wish it could be that way here in MN, but apparently buying booze on a Sunday means you're going to hell, soo... yeah. Anyway, seeing booze on a random endcap in a Target was just so novel, I had to giggle. Then, I HAD to buy something, just to say I did.
I settled on a bottle of Malibu. It seemed appropriate, between all the palm trees everywhere, and the general atmosphere of the whole experience. I imagine that this is what college feels like (I wouldn't know!), and to me, Malibu = young drinking, haha!
I'd already had some UV Pink Lemonade Vodka in the hotel room from an earlier grocery store run, along with various mixers and everyday drinks. Sure, there was a hotel bar, but I am cheap.. AND a poor tornado victim, so was not going to be paying hotel cocktail prices. Best to plan ahead! Let's be clear - there was a LOT of drinking happening out there. I'll never look at a hotel room disposable coffee mug - or boxes of wine - the same way again.
As you already know, I like my drinks to basically be "diabetes in a glass". Sweet, fruity, and fairly girly... and the Drinking in LA certainly fits the bill. It'll also sneak up on you, so be careful. Very easy to get thoroughly trashed on this, without even realizing it. Just the other day, my LA roomie asked me if I had slipped MDMA into our drinks, LOL!
Anyway, in honor of my MasterChef experience, I am eschewing our typical professionally styled drink photography setup - and proper glasses - to show the cocktail in its original form. Sure, there were the small rocks glasses available in our hotel rooms... but the disposable coffee mugs afforded us portability. Not only were we able to bring our paper cups out to the pool area (no glass allowed, naturally)... but we could put the plastic lids on and proceed to drink our asses off in the main hotel lobby - even in the bar area - undetected!
A neat trick, and something to keep in mind for conventions, haha! I have no idea why this never occurred to me before.
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Ok, hubby won't let me get away with NOT posting a proper drink photo...