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This week's installment of the Digital Viking: The EDSBS Guide to Spicy Living salutes a real American hero, Edwin Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin. Aldrin's badass resume needs no full recap, as he was the second man to walk on the moon, which is clearly the best position ever since you're not stupid enough to take the first step and therefore tramp right into the mouth of a waiting lunar sandworm. No, heroes go second, and suckers go first.

Aldrin also flew 66 missions over Korea, got a Ph.D. in Astronautics from MIT, took communion on the moon, appeared both and the Simpsons and on Punky Brewster, and has sick, sick flow on the mike. He also knows how to punch a bitch if he has to:

As the Prince of Astronauts, we salute you, Buzz Aldrin, and gulp floating orbs of martini in your honor. Cheers.

Our guest this week: Matt "Ufflepuff" Ufford of Warming Glow. Bon appetit.


Holly: As previously honored on other, lesser websites, a nod to being on vacation for the next two weeks in 95 degree heat and 99% humidity -- The Bull Gator:

Fill a pint glass with ice. Add vodka, and just enough Hypnotiq to turn the drink blue. Wedge a full can of Red Bull upside down in the ice, and serve with a straw and copious admonitions not to dislodge the can. As you grip & sip, the Red Bull will flow down, turning your drink a pleasant swampy green. The effects of consuming a full glass of vodka chased with a full can of Red Bull are most readily compared to Super Mario in the throes of an invincibility star. Those sparkles on your skin? Totally real. Go right ahead and run through that door, gentle reader, whether it's open or not. Trust me, you won't feel a thing.

Matt: The Transcontinental. Never heard of a Transcontinental, eh? Probably because it didn’t exist until I requested it from the unrivaled J.R. at Sidecar. And I’m going to share it with you, and you will make it for people, and they will be impressed, and you won’t give me credit, because who gets drink recipes off the Internet?

  • 1.5 oz rye (or bourbon – something with more of an edge like Knob Creek works well)
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice (NOTE: REAL grapefruit juice. Pink grapefruit juice is too sweet, unless you’re making it for a girl or a Tennessee fan)
  • ½ oz St. Germaine elderflower liqueur
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • Fresh sage

Muddle three sprigs of sage in a shaker, add ice and ingredients, shake, serve neat. HOLY LIVING FUCK this drink is good. It’s a bunch of aggressive, powerful flavors residing together warily in a delicious détente. It’s like drinking a meadow made of whiskey.