Monday, July 22, 2013

Booze Clues: Making Redfoo Proud

Do yourself a favor and hit play on this song right here.  It's all I can think about when I order a double shot.

  

I should probably make this an anonymous blog so people don't think all I do is drink.

That said, I occasionally like to drink Vodka-Red Bulls if I'm out on the town or after a tough day at work.  I'm not big into energy drinks though and I really am not that into a lot of Red Bull.  A little goes a long way to make the drink tasty.  So I started ordering Double Vodka-Red Bulls.

Later I realized that I pay for a whole can regardless of how much Red Bull I get.  So I began ordering them separately.  A double shot of vodka on ice and a can of Red Bull.  I mix them myself to my liking.  If I order two I have saved the price of of a can of Red Bull, which can be surprisingly expensive.

I did this at my favorite Buffalo Wild Wings a few weeks ago and thought they made a mistake.  This was my first one so my judgment was not (too) impaired.



Now as all my drunken readers surely know, trickery and illusion with glasses of alcohol is nothing new.  Sometimes they don't even try to hide it.  This glass actually angers me quite a bit because it doesn't even seem like they are trying that hard:


It's like COME ON.  At least TRY to disguise the fact that you are ripping us off.

Sorry for that digression.  Back to the shot glasses.  Surely that difference can't be due to the glass alone?  I investigated further.

I know that in the U.S. the typical shot is 1.5 ounces.  At least that's the minimum when I'm at home.  WolframAlpha defaults to a 1 ounce shot but gives you options to change the size.  Wikipedia notes that shot sizes are different everywhere and shots in the U.S. are typically between 1.25 and 1.5 ounces.  For the record, my shot glasses at home hold 2 ounces.

So I went and asked the bartender, who is a nice gal that helps us out all the time.  She showed me this:


Very interesting.  The top is a single shot.  Both the top and the bottom constitute a double.  A double is not truly a double.  Shots at BW3's are the alchie's version of the Oreo Cookie.  Numerically, the single shot is 1.25 ounces and the bottom is 0.75 ounces.  I suppose because that adds up to two they think calling it a double is okay.

As you've probably noticed, these are not full cones.  They are cut off cones, or what the geniuses call frustrums of cones.  A little more digging and I found out that these weird shot glasses are called jiggers.  You can buy one here if you're interested.  By the way, I was going to link "jigger" to urbandictionary.com but it turns out jigger is also a racial epithet and I don't think I want to go there.

I wonder how much more aluminum is on the top than the bottom?

I wonder if the angle the lateral surface makes with the base is the same for both parts?

I wonder if this is the most efficient jigger on the market or if it could be better?  A trickier question than you might think considering you could vary the radius of the small base.

And I wonder why I go to bdubs when they are so tight with their booze?

Oh yeah.  Because Steve O's smells like a Port-O-Potty.