Cocoa & Caramel Concoction Conquers Cohen Cocktail
After viewing the post, Leonard Cohen’s Appearance On 1992 Danish Talk Show, which includes a segment in which Mr Cohen demonstrates how to make his Red Needles cocktail, Coco Éclair, a Leonard Cohen fan,1 determined to ply her friends with a round of Red Needles.2
On discovering her intentions, DrHGuy, acutely aware of his moral responsibility to readers, responded:
For what it’s worth, I have prepared and consumed a Red Needle and found it – ah, let’s say less tasty than my usual cocktail of choice, a vodka & tonic, or my own preferred special occasion drink – Chocolodka.3 Of course that’s a matter of taste; your mileage may vary. In any case, it might be wise to try this potion yourself before offering it to friends.
The Red Needle-Chocolodka Qualitative Comparison And Trans-Canadian Mixed Drink Championship
Ms E, it turns out, is an earnest sort of individual, one who cannot, say, abide a casual sipping of rival drinks to determine a favorite. She, indeed, eschewed such cavalier methodology, opting instead for a full blown scientific survey. DrHGuy next received this email:
In the United Kingdom, a bar similar in premise (caramel-filled chocolate) but differing considerably in taste, shape, ingredients and packaging is sold as Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel.
DrHGuy: Re the Bain-Marie,
DrHGuy, a purist in matters Chocolodka has shunned fancy-schmancy cooking utensils, especially those with fancy=schmancy names like “Bain-Marie,” steadfastly insisting on usig a dishwasher to produce his personal supply of Chocolodka. It is, he notes, efficient, easy, and fun – plus, it impresses the girls.
The group was a motley crew of writers, professors, photographers, artists , and computer nerds. Interestingly, and perhaps of relevance to the experiment, the 8 people who preferred the Chocolodka , other than feeling a little worse for wear the following morning, reported having a somewhat normal sleep ; however, the man with the ‘opposing thumb’, as he has come to be called, reported having grappled with a dark night of the soul , ultimately finding his inner elegy.
(‘Opposing thumb’ as opposed to ‘opposable thumb’ as all nine participants were in possession of the latter).
We suspect he was predisposed to prefer Leonard’s concoction, or perhaps tequila simply effects the brain differently than does vodka! 😉
DrHGuy explains the results:
The Red Needle had a lot going for it – namely, its inventor’s status as the quintessential singer-songwriter-icon. Chocolodka, on the other hand, had this:
Originally posted May 12, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of AllanShowalter.com
Note: I am republishing selected posts from Cohencentric (my former Leonard Cohen site), especially those offering information not available elsewhere, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at).
- In a nice case of product crossover, Ms Éclair, a Leonard Cohen fan, discovered the this site through a link found while she was visiting the Allison Crowe site [↩]
- The Red Needle is a drink made from tequila, cranberry juice, ice, lemon and/or exotic fruits, which was invented by Leonard Cohen. [↩]
- Chocolodka is the official drink of the Heck Of A Guy/AllanShowalter.com site. More information, including details about its ingredients, vodka and Cadbury Dairy Milk with Caramel Bars, construction, and history, can be found at The Quintessential Chocolate Vodka – Chocolodka [↩]