Five to nine

Have a drink.

August 20, 2004

Cheers to middle school english, grammar and composition teachers,

because honestly; as they stood there teaching us spelling, verbs, nouns, adjectives, gerunds, tenses, 8-3, year after year, with nothing but our blank stares for gratitude, with nothing but the end of the year to look forward to, when could they have possibly imagined that sitting around writing essays would be the hip new pastime of the 21st century?

well, now you don't have to wait until happy hour to toast each other, because I am including 2 recipes which can be sneaked past the eyes and noses of impressionable young school-kids and discerning principals alike. One is for summer, one is for winter and each recipe can be multiplied to make a pitcher or a kettle full. Because, after all, who wants a disgruntled colleague?

Bloody Mary

  • 3 oz vodka
  • big pinch of salt
  • dash of pepper
  • dash of horseradish
  • juice of half of a big juicy lime
  • dash of hot sauce (tapatio works best)
  • splash of worcestershire sauce
  • generous sprinkling of celery salt.

Stir together with ice in a big glass, top with 5-6 oz of tomato juice and stir again.
Chill in teachers lounge between classes.
That goes for the drink too ; )


  • 6.5 oz water
  • 3 Tablespoons of sugar
  • half an un-ground cinnamon stick.

Over medium heat, dissolve the sugar into the water. Break the cinnamon stick a LITTLE (Important: if you break it into pieces that are too small, it will be bitter) and stir it in the sugar-water 3-5 minutes. Let cool a minute, and pour into a mug with 2 oz. white Tequila. I can recommend Sauza as a tasty, affordable brand.

-Cheers, Ms. Snyder, Mrs. Novack, Mr. Vail and all the rest of you.


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