It’s That Time Again.

bottleIt’s been much too long since I did a pop quiz. It’s state fair time, at least in the northern hemisphere where we’re moving into fall and the inevitable grim reaping of winter.

So here’s the latest pop quiz: amusement park ride or cocktail?

Because cocktails have a long history and are more diverse and weirdly named than Seattle bands I’ve tried to limit that list to the classics by pulling them from the 1922 Cocktails & How To Mix Them, and the list of amusement park rides is pulled from Wikipedia. What I’m getting at here is I didn’t make any of these up even though just about any name I could make up has probably already been the name of either a cocktail or amusement park ride somewhere. In fact I used to hang out in a bar that served a drink called Alien Secretion, which I’m pretty sure was developed by a bartender who read too much Burroughs, but that’s another story. And also I’ve given you easy links which means you could easily cheat on this quiz, but why would you?


Enough of my yakkin’. The topic of this quiz, since you’ve forgotten it by now, is, Amusement park ride or cocktail?

  1. Highball
  2. Singapore Sling
  3. Alpine slide
  4. Depth bomb
  5. Cliffhanger
  6. Rum punch
  7. Devil’s wheel
  8. Stinger
  9. Double Shot
  10. Silver Streak
  11. Gravitron
  12. Bosom caresser
  13. Reverse peristalsis
  14. Hayride
  15. Motion simulator
  16. Bloody Mary
  17. Power Surge
  18. Shoot the Chute
  19. Monkey’s Gland
  20. Topple Tower



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  1. mydangblog

    I got almost all of them right! What does that say about me, that I know so much about both cocktails and amusement parks? (By the way, you have 15 listed as a cocktail, but I think you meant 16.) Your quizzes are always so creative!

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      Ack! You’re right–I listed 15 as a cocktail and completely left 16 out of the answer key. Wait, is it too late to say that was an intentional bit of trickery on my part? I think it is. Well, prizes for everyone then!

  2. Spoken Like A True Nut

    On my 21st birthday a bartender poured me a shot he called a “Butt Rip”.
    Still hoping to this day that was just short for butterscotch ripple.

    1. Spoken Like A True Nut

      Also hoping that’s not the name of an amusement park ride; I didn’t check the list.

    2. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m afraid to ask what it tasted like. On the one hand that could be a good clue that it was just butterscotch ripple. On the other hand it could be a good clue that it wasn’t. At least it was just a shot.

  3. Arionis

    Wife and I conferred on this. We got most of them right. For the record, I’ve done 13 for too much of the drink but never for too much of the rides.

    I didn’t see anything for 19 which is probably a good thing because I wouldn’t want to drink or ride that because monkeys are mean! Refer to:

    Nice quiz!

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’m glad that you worked with your wife on this. And I hate to tell you–and you can stop reading now–but no.19 is a cocktail. I was genuinely surprised to see “Monkey’s Gland” as a name in a 1922 book of cocktails because that sounds much more modern. Now, like I said, you could make up just about any bizarre name and someone’s already come up with a cocktail with that name.

      1. Arionis

        Killer clip! A few years ago I binged watched all 11 seasons of Cheers on Netflix. One of my all time favorite sitcoms.

        I’ve always wanted to open up a bar called “The Wet Spot”. What fun we could have there!

  4. Ann Koplow

    I don’t drink but I was still amused.

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      And that’s what matters. Someday perhaps I should offer prizes for the pop quizzes but even if that time ever comes the primary goal will always be amusement. I’m going to borrow a line from Henry Miller that was then borrowed by Lawrence Ferlinghetti and say I hope to make this place a Coney Island of the mind.


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