August 6: Curious and Curiouser

CuriosityIt only took eight and a half months but at 05:17 SCET on August 6, 2012 the Curiosity rover ended its 350-million mile journey and arrived on Mars. Since then, the rover has begun its mission to study Mars’ climate and geology to better understand the red planet, and see if it could eventually support human life during a long term mission to Mars.

So far, Curiosity, which is about the size of a smaller SUV, has explored its landing sight, the Gale Crater, discovered an ancient stream bed and taken many soil and rock samples. It’s even found evidence that the planet once supported microbial life…millions or billions of years ago. Although Curiosity has only traveled about half a mile in its first year, NASA hopes that the rover will be able to make the four mile trek from its current position to the three mile tall Mount Sharp to investigate its soil content.

So, let’s raise a glass to the Curiosity with a drink called The Curious. I came across this drink while going through one of my father’s old cocktail recipe books. In between two pages of the book was a handwritten note on which the recipe for The Curious was written. I asked my dad about it and he had no ideawhat the origin of the recipe was, and the internet had no information on the drink either. How curious…

The Curious

  • 1 ounce Gin
  • 1/4 ounce Dry Vermouth
  • Splash Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 Splash Triple Sec
  • 2 Splash Grenadine

Stir with ice in a cocktail shaker and then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Tomorrow: One of the all time great bartenders.



2 responses

  1. what does it taste like?

    1. Michael Darling | Reply

      It’s kind of like a sweetened Martini.

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