March 7, 2010 (Day 36) — Alexander the Great
Hey! Who’s in the mood for a history! Lesson? No? Too bad!
The following comes from the “History of Western Civilization” course by E.L. Skip Knox at Boise State University:
Alexander was a bundle of contradictions and extremes. He was both mystical and practical, a dreamer and a pragmatist. He was capable of planning grand strategies, yet paid attention to the details of supply and logistics while on the march. He paid careful attention to his image and it is very difficult for us to separate fact from propaganda.
His soldiers adored him, as did most who met him. He was handsome, courageous, intelligent. He was tireless in the field, able to out-work most everyone around him. Yet, he was also a dreamer, given to fits and moods. He had visions. His mother told him that he was not the son of Philip but the son of Zeus. In short, he was everything a legend should be.
So, why not making a drink named after the fellow? You would think someone as badass as Alexander the Great, it would be a drink that would put some hair on your chest and make you want to go out and conquer Asia.
But not. It’s basically a White Russian (which we’ll make later on down the line). But, like you would expect from something named after one of the biggest ass-kickers of all time, it is pretty damn good.
- 2 oz vodka
- .5 oz coffee liqueur
- .5 oz white creme de cacao
- .5 oz heavy cream
Mix together in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, then pour into a rocks glass filled with.. well… rocks.