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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

AIR FORCE ONE: The Drink and Catalyst for OTEC

Our 15 Craigside Monday Night Table this week features a drink now said to be President Barack Obama's favorite cocktail on Air Force One.  Created by Bridget Albert for Obama's historic inauguration, here are the ingredients (note the color of Air Force One):

  • 2 ounces Hpnotiq Liqueur
  • 1 ounce citrus vodka
  • Juice from a lemon wedge
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Lemon spiral for garnish

  • Hpnotiq is a bluish liqueur native to New York, but bottled in France, and is a blend of fruit juices, vodka and cognac.  At 17%, the liquor has as much ethanol as the most alcoholic wines.  Hpnotiq was only created in 2001 by Raphael Yakoby, a college dropout living with his parents on Long Island.  He sold the brand to Heaven Hill Distilleries for $50 million.  It is already the fourth best-selling imported liqueur in the USA.  There is now Hpnotiq Harmonie, violet colored with the essence of berries, violets, lavender and spirits.

    Our master mixologist, Dexter, at work:

    Note that I'm wearing an Air Force One jacket and cap.  I once had to do some research related to that plane for SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth.  I visited the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley close to Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles.

    There is an interesting story related to President Reagan, Air Force One and OTEC (Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion), so I just had to experience that plane, which is a customized Boeing 707 (above), and the featured exhibit of the museum.  As long as this ocean energy option has taken to develop, it would have disappeared had U.S. Senator Spark Matsunaga not met with President Reagan on Air Force One just about 30 years ago.  Any OTEC enthusiast wondering why OTEC remains possible must click on that link.

    Next week, the Monday Night Table will feature Old Fashioneds, and, maybe Manhattans, except we'll probably substitute red wine for red vermouth.


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