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Cocktail Thursday: Nicholls State Edition

If your Georgia Bulldogs are 1-0, ranked in the top 10, and you’re still worried about what’s up around the bend, then congratulations. You’re close to earning your Munson merit badge. But you could probably also use a drink. I can help with that.

I’d like to isolate some critical matchup that will make the difference in this game. Some player who could make or break the Georgia Bulldogs during this weekend’s home opener against the Nicholls State Colonels.

But I got nothing. There is no good reason for this one to be close after the first quarter. The Colonels finsihed 2015 with a 3-8 record. You remember the Louisiana-Monroe team with which Georgia opened 2015, posting a 51-14 victory? Nicholls State lost to that ULM team the very next week 47-0. Six of their eight defeats were by double digits, including a 20-10 loss to University of the Incarnate Word. Can you find UoIW without Google? No you cannot.

The Colonels did end on a high note with a close victory over [checks wikipedia] Central Arkansas. But there’s nothing to indicate that Nicholls State improved enough in the past nine months for this one to be competitive. If it is, Kirby Smart and 90,000 or so Bulldog fans will all be pretty upset.

So, in the spirit of Southern hospitality, as good hosts, this week’s drink pays homage to Nicholls State’s home state of Louisiana and their mascot, Colonel Tillou*. This week’s selection: the Louisiana Colonel.

It’s a riff on the classic Kentucky Colonel, a bourbon cocktail of some repute. But I thought adding a little spicey flare in honor of our guests from Thibodaux. Start by mixing 3 ounces of bourbon, 12 ounce of Benedictine, and 12 ounce of Fireball over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of lemon peel. Enjoy. Maybe share one with a visitng Colonels fan. Until later . . .

Go ‘Dawgs!!!

Colonel Tillou actually looks like he should be guarding the Kremlin or perhaps ferreting out capitalist infiltrators, but we digress, comrade.