The NC Double Shot: The E-lit Eight
5 Cape Cod vs. 6 Bellini. I'm not excited by this matchup and I don't order either of them on a regular basis. I mean, if I see Bellini on a brunch menu, I'm more likely to choose it over the other brunch-tails, but still…for me, the only thing that keeps Bellini from being completely "meh" is the Champagne factor. Champagne has effect of dressing up even the most prosaic ingredients and making them festive and exciting. (One day, Bunting and I should tell you about how we tried to mix maple syrup and Champagne to make a Maple-tini.) (It was very ill-advised.) (And gross. ["What a disappointment that was, too. We thought we were such geniuses with that idea." — Bunting]) I'm going to flip a coin on this one. Wait, first I need to find a coin. Ever since we left the city and don't use coin laundry, coins have become rare creatures. Aaaaaand…Cape Cod gets it! Cape Cod will stomp Bellini into the bog.
5 Cape Cod vs. 6 Bellini
- Cape Cod (55%, 352 Votes)
- Bellini (45%, 292 Votes)
Total Voters: 644
9 Mimosa vs. 10 Margarita. Battle of the Ms! The Mims and the Margs! The -osas and the -ritas! The something and the something to fill in the word count since I have nothing left to say! …Mimosas are fine. As brunch-tails go, Bloodys and Bellinis are better, but Mimosas are fine. In fact, they're so fine that it's their fine-ness that will make them lose to the razzamatazzy Margarita who announces her presence in a thick, wide-mouthed glass encrusted with a sparkly ring of salt. Mimosas make you think of polite brunches where you quietly debate if you should have the fruit and yogurt plate or splurge on the Eggs Benedict with a side of Applewood-smoked bacon. Margaritas make you think of a loud ululating party in a restaurant that delivers bottomless baskets of hot chips and onion-rich salsa. And now I'm hungry. Margaritas deliver the defeat-as.
9 Mimosa vs. 10 Margarita
- Margarita (80%, 541 Votes)
- Mimosa (20%, 132 Votes)
Total Voters: 673
1 Gin and Tonic vs. 3 Cuba Libre / Rum and Coke. Both are easy-to-make, classic standbys with plenty of fans. I throw my lot in with gin, but the voters might feel otherwise. In fact, this one might very well come down to a drink-off. By the by, gin and Coke is not a good idea. Trust me. [Urp.]
1 Gin and Tonic vs. 3 Cuba Libre / Rum and Coke
- Gin and Tonic (54%, 354 Votes)
- Cuba Libre / Rum and Coke (46%, 303 Votes)
Total Voters: 657
8 Planter's Punch vs. 2 Sangria. I never expected Planter's Punch to get this far, but the E-Lit Eight is where this rum runner gets a shin splint. (Get it? Because of the running and how they hobble the runner unless proper stretching occurs? Okay, I'll stop now.) I'm so confident that Sangria will take this that I'm handing out the special Sangria recipe I got directly from the chef at Dali, the awesomest tapas bar in Cambridge, MA.
1 gallon red wine
1/2 gallon orange juice
2 cups brandy
2 cups Triple Sec
1 cup sugar
ice and chopped fruit
Mix everything together.
8 Planter's Punch vs. 2 Sangria
- Sangria (88%, 571 Votes)
- Planter's Punch (12%, 81 Votes)
Total Voters: 652
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