Come on – drink it – we all are – man up! Down it! This is the usual peer pressure situation that happens all the time when alcohol is involved. It usually involves very powerful shots or sometimes the volume of beer to be consumed. But in certain groups this is changing some.
Are you going to drink that? Ewww! Something is ordered for the entire table and pretty much everyone hates it except one person. A 12 angry men drinking moment. I call this Peerahol. Peerahol is when the peer group you are with is against the chosen drink, but there is at least one standout. For whatever reason someone in the group loves the ordered drink. This person might have had serious head injruy earlier in their life or maybe they actually do love the drink.
Last week – I took part in Peerahol. I was near the tail end of a night out with my co-workers.We were at Rickhouse in San Francisco. They have loads of traditional and non-traditional cocktails to try. We made pretty good work of two punch bowls. For the last drink of the night I chose a real geeky drink. It was The Laphroaig Project. Before I knew it I was ordering it for all the remaining drinkers.
A pretty interesting drink – it has Laphroaig Scotch in it – one of the most peaty scotches. Like sucking on charcoal type of scotch. That is mixed with two types of Chartreuse, Maraschino Liqueur, lemon juice, and bitters. Find the full recipe here. The drink was served and we all tasted. There was some laughter and some gasping. Really? Is this the drink? But for me – I pretty much loved it. I didn’t think I would – I had heard about this drink before and really with the ingredients in it – I thought I would force myself to finish it. But something really came together for me. The smoke was cut some by the mysterious blend of yellow and green Chartreuse. Usually Chartreuse taste like floor cleaner to me – and that same piney flavor was there but it blended much better with the smoke and acid.
The Peerahol was thick. My co-workers thought I was just liking it because it was interesting and challenging. That is possible – but I don’t think that is the case. In the end another tasting, by myself this time, will need to be done. Soon.