The Open Championship: Testing golfers' nerves and spectators' livers
At the first twinkling of sunlight yesterday, I rose from bed, stumbled zombie-like toward the television, and sank again into the couch, ready for a long morning of Open Championship coverage.
After only an hour or two, I was jarred out of my links-induced reverie by a commercial that, as I recall, urged viewers to join their fellow golf fans across the Atlantic in a pint of ale…or two.
Of course, over there it was getting on to 3pm, while here a full workday still lay ahead.
My thoughts were immediately: Irresponsible! Delinquent! Reckless! … Wait a minute!
You see, I had received just a couple days earlier a bottle of Laphroaig 10-year-old single-malt Scotch whisky, along with a recipe for something called The Laphroaig Green Tee.
The recipe informed me that the Green Tee is a “refreshing summertime cocktail,” “concocted” in honor of The Open Championship. The ingredients are simple:
1 part Laphroaig 10-year-old
3 parts iced green tea
1 part pineapple juice
serve over ice in a Collins glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple
Well, I thought, I have all those ingredients. And pineapple juice and green tea are fine breakfast beverages.
When my wife eventually came downstairs, she asked me what I was drinking.
“Pineapple juice and green tea!” I answered, perhaps a bit too cheerily.
“Why?” she asked.
“Because they go with the Scotch!”
At this point, she turned around and went back upstairs.
As it turns out, the voluminous peat and smoke flavors of Laphroaig 10-year-old mix interestingly with the other two ingredients, lending a sort of grilled-pineapple taste to the drink, without being overly sweet.
Would I recommend the cocktail to true Scotch lovers? In the wee hours of the morning, when you need to justify your tippling, yes.
In the evenings, however, the fulsome smoke, peat, and seaweed flavors (along with some medicinal overtones) of this Islay malt are better enjoyed with only a few drops of spring water or a slowly-melting ice cube.
But who am I to leave my European chums to imbibe alone? That would be un-neighborly, right Dear? … Dear?
Where did she get to, anyway? And where are the kids?
Ah, well. Maybe they’ll bring me back some more pineapple juice….
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