Prague, Belarusians, and a drink to avoid

Well, I'm off to Prague in 12 hours or so for some in-depth discussions with the NetBeans group. I can't say I'm looking forward in the least to the 14-hour ride in coach. The last time I went to Prague (exactly one year ago this week), I was lucky enough to sit next to a couple of friendly Belarusian's with a 2-liter bottle of duty-free vodka. The bottle didn't survive the trip, but it was a great way to enjoy a long trip compared to shelling out for business class. I don't expect to get that lucky this time, but at least I'm looking forward to some cheap liters of pilsen and some medovnik once I get there.

This time around, though, I will definitely not be ordering what the bartender at the Diplomat told me was a fave among Prague youth: shots of Red Bull and absinthe. <shudder> Contrary to someone's assumption, combining two horrible-tasting drinks doesn't make them taste better--quite the contrary, in fact.

Don't actually try this, but here is a guess at a recipe to approximate the taste of this horrible concoction, since absinthe is largely unavailable in the US (though actually it's not illegal, as most people think):

  • 1 can of Red Bull
  • 3 aspirin tablets (for the bitterness)
  • Handful of grass clippings (for the sickening plant flavor)
  • Everclear (for the kick)
Mix the Red Bull with the Everclear in a 2:1 proportion. Dissolve the aspirin in the mix, throw in the grass clippings, and steep for about a week. Enjoy.
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