Special occasions call for special beverages, and honestly, what occasion is more special than the conclusion of Project Gastronome's Potables Week? I didn't even drink at my own wedding. For my silly little blog project, though? Hells yeah.
You may remember that at the very beginning of Project Gastronome, I mentioned drawing inspiration from the very funny "Steve, Don't Eat It!" series at The Sneeze. In what is perhaps his funniest entry, he homebrews his own prison wine. Click the link and see, but when I say he homebrewed it, I mean he took actual ingredients that a prison inmate may have (trash bags, moldy bread, fruit drink, etc.) and homebrewed his own prison wine. I seriously admire his dedication on this one. It would never work in my house. Jack would find those trashbags full of Chateau d'Alcatraz in about two minutes and rip them to shreds. Instead, I turned again to ThinkGeek (seriously, ThinkGeek HQ - I am open to sponsorship offers), and ordered a DIY Juice to Alcohol Kit.
The instruction book has a few handy recommendations for recipes you may wish to try, and different juices that work especially well. I'm a novice oenophile at best, but I've never cared all that much for white wines. I decided that you can't go wrong with the classics, so I chose a bottle of Welch's Red 100% Grape Juice and set a reminder on my calendar to start things in motion on Wednesday morning.
Here is where I have to pause for a moment to wonder what my mom's reaction is going to be when she reads this entry. Last night, she and my dad met us at Blake's PTA program, and she gave me a good scolding for energy drink day.
I'm stalling a little bit because I'm nervous about drinking this. If you ever see me in person, ask me to tell you my story about a guy who went blind after drinking his home stilled liquor. It's actually MUCH funnier than it sounds.
Alright - bottoms up.
It was delicious! I've got five more packets to use, and I think that there's a bottle of Ocean Spray CranApple out there calling my name.