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{September 19, 2011}   The 89: Official Cocktail of SQL Saturday #89

I need to put out an “official” SQL Saturday #89 debrief (hint: it was pretty great), but I want to throw out one cool piece of SQL Saturday history that was made last weekend.  As far as I know, SQL Saturday #89 in Atlanta is the very first SQL Saturday to have an official, original cocktail.

Allow me to set the stage… It’s Friday evening.  Pre-con sessions are done, printing and badge assembly isn’t.  The whole volunteer crew heads to our HQ at the Staybridge Suites to finish up.  Aaron Nelson (blog | Twitter) is driving Adam Machanic (blog | Twitter) about town.  Before getting to the hotel, Aaron and Adam hit the package store.  Adam arrives with an armload of liquid motivation.  He heads to the kitchenette and begins to Concoct.  We less savvy cocktail drinkers ask what he’s making.  He announces that he’s making it up with a few things he picked up.  We realize that we might possibly be in the midst of a genius moment, so we step away and let the man work.

A few moments later, Adam begins to distribute drinks to the volunteers.  I taste mine.  It’s heaven.  Refreshing and crisp, with just the right amount of bitter.  It makes the super-slow printer that we named something very derogatory and inappropriate (hint: think harlot with very poor hygiene) look just a little bit better.  It brings a smile to my face, and the carpal tunnel syndrome I’ve developed during the paper-cutting-filled day begins to ease.  The whole crew feels the weight of the biggest SQL Saturday ever in Atlanta begin to lift.  We decide that we must name this masterpiece.  After a brief discussion, we settle on it.  The 89.

Once there is a drink in every hand, Mr. Machanic jumps in to help.  That, my friends, is exactly what the SQL Server community is all about.   Friends, teamwork, volunteerism, and one hell of a good cocktail.

And now, the recipe:

The 89 (Invented by Adam Machanic):

Materials:  Abuelo Anejo Rum, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice, Cointreau, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Beer, Highball Glass, Ice

— 2 oz Abuelo Anejo Rum (or similar aged rum)

— 1 oz Cranberry Juice

— 1/2 oz Lime Juice

— 1/2 oz Cointreau

— 5 dashes Angostura Bitters

Build in highball glass with ice, top with Ginger Beer, Stir



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Tom says:

The 89?…the drink sounds good, but the name…how about one of these?

-Cartesian Product
-The Unpivot
-Union All



Audrey Hammonds says:

Tom! We had to make the name relevant to the event. Besides, Cartesian Product sounds like the data geek version of Hunch Punch (or whatever the kids are calling it these days), the one where everyone brings a bottle of… something and throws it into a bucket with some Hawaiian Punch. Frat Party Standard. :)

Next time, you get your rear end out to SQL Saturday and you can help name the drinks. We missed you! Hugs….

–Audrey



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