Monday, February 18, 2008

The Cat's Pajamas

Is it your birthday today?
Cause I have a present for you.
Actually, I have two.
Two great friends of mine, Jamie and Lisa, inspired this week’s drink. Jamie told me about an amazing drink she had called a Dirty Girl Scout. I didn’t even need a recipe. The name alone was so phenomenal; it would just have to be the next Drink of the Week.

Dirty Girl Scout:
1 oz Crème dementhe
1oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Baileys

Even though I had the recipe, I still wanted to test this it out and take a photo of it, but I couldn’t find any Crème de Menthe, and I thought I had Kahlua, but it turns out I didn’t, so I tried to make my own version of this drink. In the process I realized, once again, it’s just not that easy to make a great drink. I used chocolate liqueur, baileys, cream, peppermint schnapps (the only minty thing I had: a leftover from that awesome hot cocoa I told you about) and vodka. I confidently poured all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, loaded it with ice and shook. I was absolutely certain this was going to blow the original Dirty Girl Scout out of the water. Well, it was good, not great and definitely not Drink of the Week material. In order for it to be Drink of the Week I have to take my first sip and go, “Yum. Oooh that’s good.” and then shout, “Drink of the Week, Drink of the Week” while marching around the house with it as Andrew looks at me like I have once again lost my mind. None of this happened. I took a sip and said, “Alcohol-y, Damn.” I gave it to Andrew to drink and didn’t mention the “Alcohol-y, Damn” part. He excitedly took a sip and said, “Hmmm. Alcohol-y.” Back to the drawing board.

I figured since I already had out some quality drink making ingredients, I would let them inspire my drink, although I did put the peppermint schnapps away as I was disgusted at the fact that it couldn’t live up to the crème de menthe. Plus schnapps always sounds like something a drunk old man would have, a drunk old man with one of those drunk old man noses, all red and bumpy. So I measured and poured and shook and stirred and took one sip and said, “Yum. Oooh that’s good.” and then shouted, “Drink of the Week, Drink of the Week” while marching around the house with it as Andrew looked at me like I had once again lost my mind. I gave this one to my brother, and he talk one long sip and said, “Delicious, Wow!” So I grabbed it out of his hands and ran it into Andrew, hoping to get some sort of approval. He took a sip and said, “ Alcohol-y, really good, but alcohol-y.” I said, “No you don’t,” huffed and puffed and angrily snatched the drink from his hands. No one was going to talk about my baby like that. As I left he said, “Honey, the are both really good. Come back.”
Next I had to name my creation, and while I struggled for a minute to come up with some play on the Girl Scout theme, a Filthy Brownie, just didn’t sound appetizing. Although, some of my male friends might disagree. Then it came to me. When Lisa and I were trying to perfect The Bee’s Knees, she said it would be fun if we made a drink called The Cat’s Pajamas. Isn’t that a great name for a drink? So I thought about it. I’m in my pajamas, this drink tastes great, and I have a cat. Perfect! So now, without further delay, let me introduce to you, The Cat’s Pajamas (Thanks, Lisa).

The Cat’s Pajamas:
2 oz Chocolate Liqueur
2 oz Baileys
1 oz Cream
1 oz Dulce de Leche Liqueur
A splash of Amaretto

Shake with Ice, pour over ice, put in freezer for a few minutes, and then drink it.


Cheilita said...

meow! sounds excellent

Tim said...

I was just recommended towards your blog, and I really do enjoy it and want to add it to my RSS reader, but I get an error when I try to do so, something about being redirected indefinitely. Any suggestions?

Janelle said...

I didn't think that it was possible to have a better drink name than The Bee's Knees. But then you prove me wrong with The Cat's Pajamas. Adorable!

Also, I hope you don't mind, I linked to you on my blog -- -- had to share your great blog with my friends!

Kate said...

ummm....yum! Thanks!

jen said...

they are sooo good. i promise. tim, i will look into that. something strange is going on. sorry about that. thanks for stopping by janelle, and of course i don't mind if you link me. the more the merrier. this way i don't feel like i am talking to myself (which i often do). thanks cheilita & kate for stopping by.

jinius said...

ooh that looks like a party in a glass. thanks for the recipe! i wish it were friday already!

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