Tequila and coffee?
It just got a whole lot easier to drink first thing in the morning.
Remember that tequila set Eric gave me for Christmas? We broke into it on New Year’s Eve at the Houston Hilton, where, thanks to Groupon, we were spending the night in a fabulous suite and having dinner and breakfast at Rio Ranch.
My friend Jacki and I had declared 2010 the Year of the Sex Tape back in January. It just seemed like something that might happen to many, if not all, of our friends (if they had decided they were ready, of course). I mean, personally, I love my Flip cam, and I was dating guys who were attractive, good in bed, and not malicious enough to want to try to steal the tape. (And if they did, so what? Then my little blog could turn into a Kardashian-eque empire? Well, that’s turning lemons to lemonade now isn’t it? Sleeping your way to the top is so 90s. Modern girls sleep their way to the top on film.) Anyway, I never did fulfill the prophecy and I thought it would be a great idea to bring some tequila along to the hotel room, what with its good lighting and humongous bed, just in case I decided to meet that requirement with just a few hours left in the YOTST.
I mean, seriously, where better to do this than a Hilton?
Once we were all checked in and had investigated the shower (way too small in comparison to the rest of the suite!) I decided to taste test this new elixir of the gods while I was doing my hair and make-up.
(Former sorostitutes — does anything remind you more of sorority life than taking shots while blow drying in your bra? For me, nope…nothing does.)
Now I love tequila, but I definitely like some salt and a lime with it. Can I take it straight up? Yes. But do I? Only in dire circumstances. Perhaps omeone forgot to get limes for tailgate..or, more likely, I’m toting a pint of tequila in my purse to a social gathering. I’m OK with this but something about bringing limes along too makes my ensuing behavior feel premeditated. The idea of bringing limes makes me feel a little bit like that chick on MTV’s “True Life” — I think the episode was “I want to be a model” or “I’m on a diet” or “I want to be fat” but who the hell can remember? — who toted around a bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch in her purse. Just in case a restaurant didn’t have it. I don’t want to be That Girl.
The XO Cafe, however, ensures that you will not need to worry about toting a chaser. It is smooth. It still gives you that warm feeling when it goes down, and it makes you do that little shudder sometimes, but on the whole, it doesn’t taste too much like tequila. But it also doesn’t taste like Kahlua or a coffee liqueur. It’s pretty dry.
Once I taken a few sips (OK shots, if you want to be picky) and had determined that it was, in fact, safe to drink, I asked Eric if he wanted to mix some cocktails. We were dressed up and in a hotel room…I was thinking it was going to feel like “Mad Men.” The reality was, he brought the blender into the bathroom. Despite this lack of glamour, we poured in the tequila and some Starbucks peppermint mocha ice cream I had picked up just for the occasion.
We didn’t have a shot glass or even a spoon — why does a king suite not have such items?? what are we paying for here??! — but we made do, MacGuyver-style. I wish I could say exactly how much we blended of each but I really have no idea. If you do try this at home (and I highly recommend you do), just add as much tequila and as little ice cream as you can handle.
That’s what I did — and then I blended with one hand and blow dried with the other. It was trial and error. I didn’t want to spoil my appetite by adding too much ice cream before dinner, so mine turned out very strong.
But perhaps not strong enough. Turns out, 2010 was not, in fact, the YOTST, at least not for me.
Anyway, if you’re a tequila lover (or even not, actually, I don’t think that’s a requirement to like this stuff), I highly recommend giving this a try. I definitely want to experiment with it in hot coffee or in other cocktails. It’s different, fun, sexy, and delicious, and I’ve found myself craving the taste at inappropriate times — like while spinning yesterday, I thought I might like to cool off afterward with a Mocha Peppermint Drunkaccino. Honestly, if it weren’t add odds with all the Core Fusion I’m doing because it’s the first week of January, that bottle would probably be gone by now.