Then, one day, Eric and I attended a Shabbat service, in which wine was passed around. As I sipped from my cup, I turned to Eric and said, "This is delicious! What kind of wine is this? It is at least as good as the '86 Châteauneuf-du-Pape." Horrified, Eric said, "You're kidding, right?! It's Manischewitz!!"
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this type of wine, go pour yourself a glass of red wine, dump a cup of sugar in it, and consume. Alternatively, you could drink a glass of slightly fermented Welch's grape juice. Either way, you'll have the culinary equivalent of Manischewitz.
My appreciation for Manischewitz is all the proof I need to confirm that my conversion to Judaism was authentic.
So what does all of this have to do with sailing? Not much; however, during our recent trip, I decided to try out a new cocktail, which was featured in the New York Times. The ingredients? Wine and cola.
Obviously, I wasn't going to mix even a drop of Châteauneuf-du-Pape-quality wine with a Coke, so I went with the next best thing--Manischewitz.
|Wine and Cola|
After returning to land and connecting to the Internet, I consulted the recipe for this drink and realized it called for dry wine (as in the complete opposite of Manischewitz), which might explain the reason it was undrinkable (well, that and also that it was wine mixed with cola).
Will I try making this drink again? No, probably not. But, it was worth trying once, and on the bright side, I now have a nearly full bottle of Manischewitz in the fridge, which I can enjoy at any hour of the day or night (so long as it isn't mixed with cola).