Saturday, July 21, 2012

Who Needs a Cocktail?

Here's where things start to get crazy at the Retro Mimi Potluck Party. My Blogger pal Brian is here, and he brought the drinks! NOW WE CAN PARTY LIKE IT'S 1972!  These cocktails are totally Retro WW "Legal" and totally out of this world.

Who's thirsty? Let's get tipsy...

Hello from Canada! And thank you for the invitation to the party. Mother was thrilled when I told her. It’s been a lifelong dream of hers that someone invites me to something.

Many of you might assume that Canada is mostly about canoes and seal blubber and Celine Dion museums – and you’re right. But we’re also about bad food. My blog, Caker Cooking, features some of the most nutritionless, fiberless and vegetableless cooking in all of Canada. Casseroles, Cool Whip, Cream of Whatever soup. You name it, cakers eat it.

Cakers also love alcohol, so when Mimi asked me to try out the WW-sanctioned “Legal Manhattan” and the “Legal Martini,” I was thrilled.

Then I read the recipes.

Look, I’m all for moderation, but each of these drinks called for a measly ½ teaspoon of alcohol. Divided between two drinks! Who are these drinks “legal” for? Kids?

Anyway, the “Legal Manhattan” wasn’t half-bad, so long as you’re one of the few people who can muster up a buzz from a ¼ teaspoon of booze. As for the “Legal Martini,” well, that was another story. Does a cold chicken broth martini sound appetizing to you? If it does, you’ve got more problems than watching your weight, my friend. Bottom line: there was nothing lawful about it.

"Legal" Manhattan (1974 WW Recipe Cards Snacks & Beverages #3)

3/4 cup chilled diet black cherry soda
1 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp bitters

Combine all ingredients. Stir. Divide evenly into 2 cocktail glasses. Makes 2 servings

Zero calories but zero buzz.

"Legal" Martini (1974 WW Recipe Cards Snacks & Beverages #3)

1 cup hot water
1 packet instant chicken broth & seasoning mix
1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp bitters
2 canned button mushrooms

Combine water & broth mix; stir to dissolve. Chill at least 1 hour. Add lemon juice and bitters. Divide evenly into 2 cocktail glasses. Garnish each with a button mushroom. Makes 2 servings.
The buck-buck-buck stops here with this sad excuse for a drink.

If you ever come to visit me in Canada, I promise I won’t make these drinks. 

Points or no points, these drinks just didn’t cut it for me. In fact, as soon as I was done, I did the only sensible thing I could think of – made a 2-heavenly-ounces-of-rum Mojito. Now that’s what I call a party!

Come to Mama!
  Cheers from your neighbour (yes, we spell it with a “u”) to the north!


Margo Porras said...

Wow. Mushrooms, huh? I downed 3 Skinnygirl cosmos just to get through this post! Brian and Mimi, you are truly doing Jean Nidetch proud. But if either of you ever try to serve me a "Legal Martini" I can't promise I won't throw it at you. Bravo and a standing ovation to you both from Sunny San Diego.

fifilaru said...

Mojitos are mana. I love them. But who in god's nigthgown would make a martini with chicken broth? This is why so many people fail at WW. The food is so awful :P

A caker from Hawaii, where we consider Spam meat, rice a vegetable, and orange slice candy a fruit.

Roz @ weightingfor50 said...

Hi Mimi, I'm LOVING the potluck. I'll be making my recipe over the weekend and will send the post/link down to you. I'm excited...