Bill's eMailbox: What is a 'Screaming Viking'?

Q: I just saw a clip from one of my favorite “Cheers” episodes where Woody wins a bet against another bartender for knowing how to make a “Screaming Viking.”

Is there such a drink, and how would it be made?

Joseph Cea

A: How do you make a Screaming Viking? Tell him Brett Favre is going to retire again.

But, on to your question. There is, indeed, such a drink. In fact, it’s been around a long time and has settled into a “classic” recipe that is a takeoff on a basic vodka martini.

2 ounces vodka
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 ounce fresh lime juice
1 celery stalk
1 cucumber spear

Stir liquids with ice, strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with celery and cucumber and serve immediately.

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