Drink of the Week: Miami Vice Grip
I was hesitant to try anything with a punny reference to "vise grip" in the name, but when I asked the waiter at Bryant Lake Bowl to recommend something obnoxiously bright, yet not overwhelmingly sweet, this was the item she pointed to on the menu.
What arrived was an electric blue concoction bright enough to stun the drunken ghost of 80s past (Don Johnson, is that you?). Served up in a martini glass, this beverage belongs more on the faux-tini side of things, but that doesn't make it any less tasty. It features Bacardi O (rum infused with oranges and tangerines), Blue Curacao, Red Bull, and a splash of pineapple juice. The waiter was right; it was sweet, but somehow not too sweet. Would I drink this every day? Probably not. But it does work strangely as a Sunday brunch drink. Yes, mimosas and Bloody Marys are will always be the alcoholic breakfast staples of choice, but Miami Vice Grip, with its fruit juice flavor, caffeine kick, and hyper-manic color, captures the essence of Saturdays spent watching cartoons and consuming sugar-loaded cereals. Which, despite what you mother may have said, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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