We challenged FoodTribers to try a new drink, and it got perfectly weird
From a samurai-topped whisky to a truly vile milkshake. Don't tell Doug F I said this.
It was the easiest thing anyone has ever been asked to do - go forth and try a drink you've never tried before, be it a spontaneous cocktail of maple syrup, nutmeg-sprinkled cream and bourbon...wait, that's not a bad idea.
Anyway, it wasn't an easy challenge, as it turns out - I sat for days wondering what new drink would make a suitably impressive entry and also perhaps change my life, and in the end just went to a speakeasy one evening and tried 5 new drinks.
My best photographed one was the entry. Done.
So while we might need to do this sort of challenge far more than once-off, this is what the rest of the FoodTribe community picked...
MT BLAKE SAYS:
"The years of Japanese whisky being the laughing stock of Kentucky and Ireland are over. This is a liquor of few equals. It’s been battle tested. It’s literally intoxicating in the best way - it works quick, efficiently, and mercy is shown with a lack of fire at the back of the throat. It had better be epic, as the samurai won’t take any wallets prisoner."
MARGARET JACKSON SAYS:
"I brought this home from Kangaroo Island three years ago so now was perfect age to open. It has beautiful mellow honey flavor unlike anything else but it could be described as sherry, white wine, or port. I tried it with cheese, curry, dessert and chocolate for a long Sunday lunch and it paired magnificently with everything. This was real honey mead not honey flavored wine so no grapes included. For something that is part of traditional knowledge, I’m glad I’ve finally tried it."
FILIPA SANTOS SAYS:
"I almost never try new drinks but the #drinkchallenge made me think about searching for new ones. This weekend I had this Raspberry Pepsi Max and I loved it! Very soft and a bit more sweet than the original one, which of course - having my sweet tooth - is something I enjoyed a lot!"
CHRISTY SANDERS-SARTI SAYS:
"So for Sir John’s latest challenge I tried Six and Twenty’s Carolina Cream. It has run with cream and bourbon whisky. Six and Twenty is a local distillery. The Carolina Cream is well.... a specialty that you can only get here in the Carolinas. My step dad had some and I thought this would be perfect to try for the challenge. I have to say it is very tasty. A tad strong but I wouldn’t mind getting again."
RACHAEL HOGG SAYS:
"We've made our Bee's Knees using small-batch Cotton Gin from the Otterbeck distillery in Yorkshire. It's made using Yorkshire watercress, coriander, local spruce, rowan berries, nettle leaves and mint botanicals, which all give a lovely herbaceous and floral note to the gin, which works really well in a Bee's Knees."
MAX RUSE SAYS:
"Well, John said to try something new, so I put my own unique twist on this challenge. Instead of trying something completely new, I took away additional ingredients to something I actually didn’t know if I actually liked plain. That’s right, I tried a Corona WITHOUT a lime. Despite the slight skunkiness, it wasn’t bad! I definitely prefer it with a lime, but Corona is pretty good on its own as well. I hope you enjoy this rave review."
JENN WRIGHT SAYS:
"Adventures in mail order cocktail kits: the aviation spritz!"
JANE FYFE SAYS:
"John posted a challenge for us to drink something new and I have never bothered to try one of these before. Now the problem is I really liked it. This was melon flavored. The flavor itself was very nice and this was not overly sweet which I was scared it was going to be. So always remember to try something new, you might enjoy it."
ROBIN HO SAYS:
"What is Spezi? Well... it is cola with orange. And it just tastes good. It also reminds me of my childhood somewhat, even though we were pretty much never allowed any. That makes it easily mixed at home as well.
This Spezi combines the best of both Flavours. It is unique, yet so ubitiqious that it does not even have another name in most cases."
DOUG F SAYS:
"The great thing about these kind of challenges is sometimes you find something that is absolutely fantastic and that is exactly what happened for this one. During my Burger wars 5 Guys post Elliot Marshall recommended I get a bacon milkshake, well, I got a salted caramel & bacon milkshake."
LEILA LOPEZ MARKS SAYS:
"Mango smoothie from a place I've never had it from before. Bloody delicious."
VERONICA BERENSTEN SAYS:
"The horny goat weed tea tasted just as awful as I feared 😳🤣"
DENISE PERRY SAYS:
"I tried this for the 1st time a few days ago. It’s a classic cocktail with a new spin on it. It’s a Gimlet. Gimlets have been around for ages but this one is a Gin Gimlet made with Mayer Lemon. We’d bought some Meyer lemons that day but had no clue what to do with them... enter the Gin Gimlet with Meyer Lemon."
ANGEL L SAYS:
"My first Brut!"
AND ME, MYSELF:
"Here's a new drink I tried at a charming local speakeasy, called 'Bastille Day'. It's a cocktail of Pear Mistelle, Calvados, Coffee, and Honey. It was light & refreshing. Also quite pretty.
It's said to be 'floral and lively', like a James May shirt."