However, I followed with lively interest the recent discussions on the NYT WordPlay blog about concocting a cocktail beverage to be dubbed 'The Mr. Happy Pencil.' Contributors were quite inventive in speculating about the potential ingredients (not only the correct colors for the eraser, pencil shaft, and graphite point, but details about specific gravity and even olfactory and gustatory compatibility.) One of our number, Suzy M., works as a bartender and accepted the challenging assignment......and without further ado, she presents:
Suzy M. is generously sharing her cocktail recipe along with some pix of satisfied taste-testers and the chef who provided expert assistance:
The Eraser: Allow a scoop of raspberry sorbet to melt so it can be poured neatly into a Collins glass. Place glass in freezer long enough to refreeze the sorbet. (Suzy M. used Ciao Bella Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet mixed with a little cream to achieve the desired color.)
The Pencil Art: Retrieve glass and pipe a few stripes of melted chocolate down the inner sides. (Chocolate syrup did not work as well; the chef used a parchment cone to do the piping. Your bakery aisle may have tools or products that will serve.) Pipe funny smile and eyes. Replace in freezer and allow chocolate to set.
The Shaft: In a blender, combine orange juice with whipped cream-flavored vodka (about equal amounts) and plenty of ice; blend to “smoothie” consistency. Add to glass.
The Point: Top with caramel-flavored (alcohol infused) whipped cream and a Hershey’s Kiss.
The Presentation: Position glass in proximity to the current Times puzzles in whatever setting you prefer for solving and take a picture to serve as your desktop background. Because you may never go to all this trouble again!
|Mr. Happy Pencil stands ready to assist with your solving experience!|
|Mr. Happy Chef with Mr. Happy Pencil|
|Oh, the anticipation!|
|Many happy imbibers with MHPs!|