If An Arnold Palmer Is Iced Tea and LemonadePosted: July 25, 2012
Arnold Palmer. That guy was a good golfer, wasn’t he?
I don’t have direct knowledge of him being a good golfer. He has never met me. If I did know him, I still wouldn’t be able to assess him as a golfer. I only play miniature golf.
Did you know that he has a drink named after him? A mix of lemonade and iced tea is called an Arnold Palmer. Having a beverage named after you must be pretty nice.
Nice, Unless Your Name Is John Daly
Having a drink named for you is pretty nice. It says someone thinks well of you, or your prowess as a beverage innovator. Except for when it says people have uncool thoughts about you.
John Daly is a professional golfer who has battled alcoholism. Someone invented an alcoholic version of the Arnold Palmer drink and named it a John Daly. I think it’s a little harsh to name a vodka based drink after an alcoholic.
I think I’d like to have a drink named after me. I haven’t seen a rule that only a professional golfer can have a namesake drink.
Hot Chocolate With Orange
I’ve decided to start a campaign to have a drink named for me. I’ve chosen hot chocolate with a shot of orange flavor as my namesake drink.
There are a lot of people who might have invented hot chocolate with orange, but I don’t know them. I haven’t seen any paperwork establishing who the creator of the drink is. When I went to Smelly Cat Coffeehouse and asked if they could make one for me, they told me they’d never made that drink before. Those three facts make it clear that I am the originator of Hot Chocolate with Orange.
To the inventor go the spoils, or something like that. Inventors usually get to name their creation. I am taking advantage of that rule.
Omawarisan is a long name, too long for people to order at a fast-moving coffee shop. Shortening it to Oma doesn’t work either, since that’s what some folks call their grandma. I spent hours thinking about how to name my drink, but I had no luck. I took a break and stopped by the Smelly Cat. When I left, I had the answer to the naming question in my hand.
There, written on my paper cup was a shorthand version of my order – “hot/o”. The name of my drink will be the Hot O.
Eat My Dust, Palmer
This week, when you meet friends for coffee, I would like you to order my drink. The more people who order it by name, the faster the name and its drink will spread across the globe.
Tell the person who takes your order that you want a large Hot O. Don’t be deterred by their confusion. Patiently explain that you want hot chocolate with a shot of orange syrup. Say that it is called a Hot O. Most importantly, say that all the coolest barristas are making them.
Order it every time you go in, and use the correct name for it. They’ll remember you, they’ll remember the Hot O, and I will be right up there with Daly and Palmer.
Have a Hot O.
I hope it is good for you.