August 11: Happy Mayan New Year!

Chichen_Itza_3Hey, remember last year when the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reached the end of the thirteenth baktun, and then Quetzalcoatl the feathered serpent descended from the heavens and destroyed the Earth? Yeah, I thought not.

So, you know the calendar’s alleged end date was December 21st, but do you know what the calendar’s start date was? Well, researchers have discovered that the calendar points to a mythical creation date that corresponds with the proleptic Gregorian calendar date of  August 11, 3114 BCE. So, if you believe that the Makers, Kukulkán and Tepeu, created humanity out of maize in order to preserve their legacy, then today is the day to celebrate 5127 years of existence!

So, today praise the Makers with a fiery Mayan Calendar cocktail. Now when I say fiery, I mean it is a drink that you literally set on fire!  The Mayan Calendar is a strong drink with a nice toasty quality brought about by the flames. Praise be to Itzamna, the Mayan deity who brought early humans the basic building blocks of culture including language and fire! Oh, and be careful when working with flames, of course.

The Mayan Calendar

  • 1 ounce Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1/2 ounce Tequila Blanco (White or Clear Tequila)
  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1/2 ounce 151 Proof Rum

Pour all ingredients in order into a rocks glass without ice. Ignite the drink and let it burn for no more than five seconds, or else the glass will be too hot to handle and the drink will be ruined. After blowing out the flame, let the drink sit for a moment and insert a long glass or silicone straw and drink the cocktail through it. You’ll want to slowly sip on this drink, as drinking it quickly could cause some serious damage to your throat.

Tomorrow: One actor, five films; all of them Best Picture nominees.

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