If your Georgia Bulldogs are preparing to take on a top ten Auburn squad as a double digit underdog, you could probably use a drink. I can help you with that.
A lot of things are going to have to go right for Georgia to have a chance in this one. The Tigers are fourth in the SEC in both scoring offense and scoring defense. At 299.78 yards per game, Malzahn’s squad leads the league in rushing offense by a full 40 yards per game.
If there’s a chink in the armor of these Plainsmen, it’s their propensity for turnovers. Auburn sits eighth in the league in turnover margin (UGA is third). They’re a scant +2 in turnovers on the season.
That’s step one if you’re Kirby Smart’s team. You have to win the turnover battle. Step two is turning those turnovers into points. That’s been the tricky part for a Bulldog squad that’s actually produced a solid 18 turnovers on the season. Flip the field. Make the Tigers pay for their mistakes. That’s the plan. There is no other plan.
So what’s the drink for flipping the script, and making people pay for their mistakes?
I’m gonna go with the Brandy Old-Fashioned. You thought an Old-Fashioned was made with whiskey? You’re mostly right. But in fact when cocktails first worked their way into the American consciousness brandy rather than whiskey was the spirit of choice in many of the early standards. It still works nicely over a hundred years later.
Start by adding a teaspoon of sugar to a, you guessed it, Old Fashioned glass. Add three dashes of angostura bitters and a spritz of soda water or lemon-lime soda, your choice. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add an orange slice (about 1⁄4 inch thick) and a maraschino cherry, muddle quickly (do not grind them to a pulp, you really just want to release the fruit aromas and taste). Add ice and two ounces of your favorite brandy and top with soda. Give it a final stir and enjoy. Until later . . .