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February 22, 2007 at 2:24 am #456HunterReavesMember
Hi all —
Hunter Slaton here. Dunno if any of y’all remember me; I was a DA a couple of years ago at McMurdo.
Anyway, I’m writing a brief piece on Southern Exposure for Men’s Journal magazine and they want a Southern- or Ice-specific drink/cocktail.
Do any of y’all recall anything like this being drunk? Any special cocktails or mixes at Southern? All I drank was Johnnie Walker and Ice beer.
If any of y’all can think of anything, hit me back here or at hunterslaton at gmail dot com.
Hunter SlatonFebruary 23, 2007 at 10:45 am #3454
Sure we remember you. Sorry about the drink though. As a person who has been into southern at least 4 times in the last 7 years, and never bought a drink, I’m not the best person to answer the question. My guess is that there is not one or else everyone and their mothers uncle would know it. In fact I think I’ll recommend that the bars get a signature drink when I return next year.
How are things going for you hunter? I take it you won’t be back anytime soon? I got an email today from Lucky. He is in Iraq and just had a morter shell drop into the camp he is in. No worries on his end. He just jumped in a bunker and waited it out and as always is laughing about it.
Hope all is well your way.
MikeFebruary 24, 2007 at 3:53 pm #3455brendanstamp05Member
Howya Hunter, whats goin on Mike?
Remember ya well mate, Ho Cal ain’t the same without us old farts there any more. I think I heard about a Bingo Blowout, take 1 bottle of Jameson, 1 Irishman and………….Not sure how it ends up, after that.
I reacll we had a few that Ben and Katie came up with at Tiki nights but they escape my old rattling brain right now, too chilly here, haha.
I am well and happy here MIke, 2 Mortars in 2 days but thankfully, I was near a food hall each time and I even earned an hour overtime for one of them. As alawys, I am making the most of everything, have a TV alrady and getting a satellite dish in soon so I can be spoiled even more than I was on the Ice. MIss the place adn the people so I am especially thankful for this place now to keep in touch, temps getting to 130 to 140 this summer so please send cold thoughts my way guys.
With love and friendship.
Lucky.February 26, 2007 at 3:12 am #3456
Lorie tells me there was a sig drink a few years ago. It’s a very historic drink. Besides the standard captain and dr. pepper. the most notable drink is the one the explorers used to make. The alcohol is home made and is served over glacial blue ice. Try contacting Chris Wilt or Chris teske, who were part of a group of people who tried to duplicate it a few winters ago. It’s more of an Antarctic drink than a Southern, but it ‘s notable none the less.
Lucky, good to hear you are safe, I’ve gotten the drift of things from your letters enough to know I don’t want to go there. More power to you , wear your vest and stay safe.
MFebruary 26, 2007 at 10:50 am #3457
My name is Percy Simmons I winterover at McMurdo in
1963 as a Seebee UT2 ,yes we started that drinkFebruary 28, 2007 at 6:10 am #3458
Percy, what exactly was the drink?February 28, 2007 at 7:52 am #3459February 28, 2007 at 8:07 am #3460
We started with 180 proof everclear ( sickbay alcohol ) and tried several mixes but seems like the favorite was a fruit punch It did not matter much because the 180 would pretty well take care of you with one drink . We started it at the end of summer party as the summer crew was leaving next day . We had the party at the Transportation Shop people were crawling up chain hoist and falling off . Some of the people that did not drink a whole lot ,would turn the drink up and drink it and just keep falling back . We had three 30 gal pots from the galley mixed up . Winter commander Admiral Reedy was drunk out of his mind . I really miss those days , we had fun all winter .
Are any of you guys members of the OAE ClubMarch 1, 2007 at 6:29 am #3461
Well Hunter, I don’t know if this qualifies as a signature drink for your article. I can say it’s more of an Antarctica sig drink. What made it special is that it uses ice from glaciers or broken ice cores.Because the ice has been exposed to great pressures and depths, “Blue ice” contains tiny air bubbles which explode and crack when dropped into warmer liquids. Quite fun and everyone loves it when some science group brings in a piece of a glacier from the field.
Mind you, it’s way too rare an occurance to have it regularly served in the bars.
No, not a member of the oae’s club. I’m in touch now and then with some of them. It started with a trip to the crashed pegasus airplane a few years ago. We got chainsaws and cut away the ice to expose the old flying horse nose art. I wrote to Billy-Ace Baker to let him know and sent a photo which I believe might have been published in their newsletter.
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