Former Gourmet magazine editor in chief Ruth Reichl has a personal blog that usually just makes me question my life decisions. (Why haven’t I written a book? Why am I not traveling the world eating interesting ethnic foods? Couldn’t I, at the very least, go to the farmers’ market and buy some effing tatsoi on occasion?) But today, Reichl posted something I can totally access: A $16 drinking game! With accessories!
3. You shake up eight wooden dice marked with variables like alcohol, mixer, and garnish.
4. The options are:
Alcohols: vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey
Dry or Sweets: vermouth, triple sec, grenadine, bitters, orgeat syrup, simple syrup
Sodas: cola, tonic, club, lemon-lime, ginger ale
Fruit Juices: orange, cranberry, lemon, lime, grapefruit, pomegranate
Garnishes: lime slice, lemon twist, pearl onion, olive, cherry, orange twist
Herbs & Spices: basil sprig, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, mint sprig, sugar
Methods: shaken, stirred, poured, blended
Barware: double old fashioned, martini glass, highball, collins
5. When the dice/universe mandates your ingredients, mix it up.
(Or stir or blend, depending on the dice.)