Last week, we were plunged into some pretty sub-arctic temperatures around these parts. I woke up to my weatherman using terms like ‘Polar Vortex’. Was he kidding. Had he been drinking before he went on the air? Wasn’t it a little early for that? Surely the term ‘Polar Vortex’ was just made up to describe the subhuman conditions outside my snug little house.
Apparently not. Polar Vortex is a real term. It describes the environmental state when a cold, low-pressure cyclone swirls around. Usually they hang around the north and south pole, where the inhabitants are accustomed to such drastic temperatures. This polar cyclone or polar low or circumpolar whirl should feel free to return to the pole regions, as far as I am concerned. The kids stayed home on their second day back from Christmas break and were none too pleased. They had people to play with, gosh darn it. Heck, it even put a cramp in my style. I mean, I turned the thermostat up one whole degree. Or maybe two.
The weather phenomenon may be over (and good riddance), but I couldn’t let the occasion pass without using such a peculiar phrase in the kitchen. And ta da – the Polar Vortex Drink was born. After some consultation with the reigning Queen of Mocktails, Sober Julie, I concocted this chocolate blue raspberry drink. It has absolutely no redeeming qualities. Not a one. There is no real fruit in it. It uses whipping cream instead of coconut milk. And some kind of blue food dye, artificially flavoured, sugar-based drink mix gives it colour and flavour. Did I mention that are also chocolate chips? I designed it that way on purpose. Kind of like a real polar vortex – created to make a shocking, cool impression and nothing more.
The Polar Vortex Drink
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup crushed ice
- 1/4 cup blue raspberry flavoured cocktail syrup
- 2 tbsp chocolate chips
Stick all of the ingredients in the blender and give it a whirl. Pour into a glass and enjoy