Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Thermal Paradox

With the promise of warmer weather, I thought it would be good to share a drink idea.  This one, however, requires a bit of explanation. 

I have always liked sweet and savory combinations.  I like complex historical figures and fictional characters who evolve and I like books and movies to end differently than I expect.  Even so, you don't have to be strange like me to enjoy the conflicted deliciousness of the Thermal Paradox (but it helps).  

1 2L bottle of your favorite lemon-lime soda
1 lime, juiced
1 orange, juiced
1 small lemon, juiced
1/4 tsp. orange extract
1/4 tsp. cayenne
Crushed ice

The Method
Add cayenne, extract and citrus juices to a large pitcher then pour in soda. Stir with large spoon. Fill glasses 1/2 full with crushed ice and pour drink slowly over crushed ice.

Food for Thought
Adding the cayenne to a cold refreshing drink is analogous to the addition of a very small amount of salt to your chocolate chip cookie recipe. The effect is to complement and highlight the desired feature, which yields sweeter tasting cookies or, in this case, a more refreshing drink; a drink, which gradually stokes the fire you are drinking to quench. Do not substitute any other chili product. Cayenne is perfect for this because it lacks the earthy, bitter-yet-fruity notes of other chili products and supplies plenty of heat. Bottoms up!


  1. Having sipped this concoction on the last day of summer, 2009, I can vouch for it's deliciousness and refreshing air with a burn to boot. Magnificent - just like you!

  2. I haven't tasted the drink, but I certainly enjoy movies that end in an unexpected way. For example; after the textbook happy ending of "Pirates of the Caribbean", I much preferred the significantly more ambiguous ending to "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End".