I'm no stranger to hard work, and when I found myself with a day off and an empty schedule, I knew what I had to do. It's not that I desire to start drinking early in the day. But my devotion to this blog is sincere, and I found myself firing up the old PS3 at 2:00 pm to do some research.
I've been working my way through Fallout: New Vegas for a while now. It is a first-person shooter set in post-apocalyptic Nevada. You control a character who wanders the desert, encountering various societies and armies that are vying for control of the Hoover dam. It is up to you to help them out or plot against them or simply ignore them and try to gain what you can for yourself. The plot is not stellar, but the game's characters and environments, just like in earlier Fallout games, are smartly constructed and entertaining to explore.
Since I started playing this game, I've known exactly what to pair with it, but I've never been in the mood to actually try it out until earlier today. Snow was piling up outside my windows, I was sitting in the warm glow of the television, and I knew it was time to open up my bottle of John's Homemade Jägermeister.
John's Homemade Jägermeister is not some hip liqueur found in boutique liquor stores. John is my brother, and he made his own version of Jäger at home. Now, I'm not saying that he used a water distiller to distill wine into a neutral spirit which he then flavored with over 34 different herbs and spices. That would be illegal. But what he did do, somehow, is create a magical booze that is not nearly as sweet as real Jäger. It has a complex flavor with notes of star anise, clove, cinnamon, fennel, ginger, garam masala, saffron, nutmeg, caraway, mustard seed, and so much more. Given its potency, earthy flavor, and slapdash (no offense, John) construction, it made for a wonderful companion as I roamed the brutal lands of New Vegas. If you can get yourself a bottle, I recommend you try this out.