Our last drink tasting party was Olympic themed. You might be wondering how a drink called Panty Ripper has anything to do with the Olympics. Well, did you know that at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, 100,000 condoms were distributed to the athletes in Olympic Village, which breaks down to 14 per athlete? Did you know they ran out (Waoh Naija)? The 2012 Summer Olympics are slightly higher. There were over 150,000 condoms distributed to Olympic Village, averaging about 15 per athlete (Housing Works). That means that athletes were getting it on about 30 times in a two-week time period (of course, that’s assuming they are only hooking up with each other – and let’s be honest, if you had a body like Ryan Lochte, wouldn’t you only hook up with someone as equally hot as you?).
Well, that is not at all why we made the Panty Ripper for the Olympic themed drink tasting, you sicko. The rules were to bring a drink that was at least one color of the Olympic Rings. Did I tell you this was a last-minute tasting? Anyway, the Panty Ripper is yellow, one of the allowed colors. The first time I had one was in Belize, the country’s unofficial national drink. In Belize, you’ll find it on menus and hear it pronounced as “panty rippa”. It’s a simple concoction of coconut rum and pineapple juice with a maraschino cherry. Sounds so easy, and it is, and it’s also very refreshing. My mother, who is not generally a drinker, would put down 4-5 of these before and during dinner. She absolutely loved them! And they were making them “light” by any means Everyone else on the trip seemed to like them too; I think we each had a few per day while we were there.
We brought home the gold with this drink, although I must admit that we tied with Leah and Dan. They made Olympic Dreams, Russian Style. This drink was a mix of fruit punch flavored vodka (I didn’t even know they made that), 7Up, grenadine, and a splash of lime juice, garnished with a cherry. It was tastey, but slightly on the sweet side for me. It tasted like a strawberry soda! Dave and Shane didn’t bring their “A” game and came with watermelon pucker. But, lucky for them, they took home the bronze. We had a ceremony and everything – Leah and I represented the top stair of the “podium” for our gold medals (although no actual medals were distributed).
coconut rum (I like Parrot Bay)
1. In a tall glass filled with ice, add 1 part rum and 2 parts pineapple juice. Garnish with a cherry, mix as desired, and serve.