Monday, January 30, 2012

Dr. Kellogg's Cornflake Girl using Incentive Vodka and Coffee Liqueur

Going against the “grain” like Tori Amos would do, we chose to ignore Dr. Kellogg’s advice and added alcohol, caffeine, sugar and spice to our corn in this Michigan-inspired Battle Creek tribute cocktail.  “Dr. Kellogg’s Cornflake Girl” uses Big Cedar Distilling Company’s Incentive Vodka, a Michigan-grown corn based vodka, their soon-to-be released Coffee Liqueur (currently available only at the Tasting Room in Sturgis), and Great Lakes Tea and Spice Company’s Vietnamese Saigon Cinnamon.  Cheers!

Dr. Kellogg’s Cornflake Girl

1 ½ oz. Incentive Vodka
½ oz. Big Cedar Distilling Co.’s Coffee Liqueur (available in Sturgis, MI Tasting Room)
1 ½ oz. Heavy Cream
¼ oz. Vanilla Agave Nectar
¼ oz. Pure Maple Syrup

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.  Add ice to Boston Shaker.  Shake ingredients for 10 seconds.  Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a dusting of Vietnamese Saigon Cinnamon.

“The accidental legacy of corn flakes goes back to the late 19th century, when a team of Seventh-day Adventists began to develop new food to adhere to the vegetarian diet recommended by the church. Members of the group experimented with a number of different grains, including wheat, oats, rice, barley, and corn. In 1894, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the superintendent of The Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan and an Adventist, used these recipes as part of a strict vegetarian regimen for his patients, which also included no alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. The diet he imposed consisted entirely of bland foods. A follower of Sylvester Graham, the inventor of graham crackers and graham bread, Kellogg believed that spicy or sweet foods would increase passions.  This idea for corn flakes began by accident when Kellogg and his younger brother, Will Keith Kellogg, left some cooked wheat to sit while they attended to some pressing matters at the sanitarium. When they returned, they found that the wheat had gone stale, but being on a strict budget, they decided to continue to process it by forcing it through rollers, hoping to obtain long sheets of the dough. To their surprise, what they found instead were flakes, which they toasted and served to their patients. This event occurred on August 8, 1894, and a patent for "Flaked Cereals and Process of Preparing Same" was filed on May 31, 1895, and issued on April 14, 1896.” - Wikipedia

“Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos; August 22, 1963) is an American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer. She was at the forefront of a number of female singer-songwriters in the early 1990s and was noteworthy early in her career as one of the few alternative rock performers to use a piano as her primary instrument. Some of her charting singles include "Crucify", "Silent All These Years", "God", "Cornflake Girl", "Caught a Lite Sneeze", "Professional Widow", "Spark", "1000 Oceans", and "A Sorta Fairytale", her most commercially successful single in the U.S. to date.  As of 2005, Amos had sold 12 million albums worldwide. She has been nominated for 8 Grammy Awards. Amos was also named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1996. 

The inspiration for "Cornflake Girl" came from Alice Walker's novel “Possessing the Secret of Joy”, about a young African woman going through the ritual of female genital mutilation. Amos was angered by the idea that a mother could subject her daughter to such a brutal act, and the song arose as an exploration of the idea of betrayal between women. In the song two factions of women are referred to: the "raisin girls" are "multicultural" and open-minded, while the "cornflake girls" of the title are "narrowminded and full of prejudice".

The reference to cornflakes and raisins comes from their distribution in a box of breakfast cereal, implying that "raisin girls" are much harder to find than "cornflake girls". Amos has spoken in interviews about being referred to glibly as "the cornflake girl" due to the song's title being applied to her, when she considers herself a "raisin girl". (In concerts she has also said "cornflakes" vs. "raisins" was a reference to which girls had ready access to marijuana, Tori herself being bereft of the substance.)

The confusion is probably related to her 1987 commercial for Kellogg's Just Right, made before her widespread fame. Just Right includes both raisins and corn flakes, so the song and the cereal are related either through coincidence or intent.  Atlantic released a series of cornflakes boxes with picture of Amos on them to promote this. They are now collector's items.” – Wikipedia.

Cheers and Enjoy!

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