College football can certainly stir up strong emotions. Football was a huge part of my college experience, and there are three or four schools that I still "hate."
I try not to be too emotionally invested ... if my team is on a losing streak, there's usually another shiny thing I can follow.... unless someone reminds me by rubbing it in. Haters.
According to the book, Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at Home, from which this recipe is excerpted, this cocktail was created in honor of (or to demonize) University of South Carolina's football coach Steve Spurrier by a University of Georgia fan.
Why would such a great cocktail be invented to honor a nemesis? Probably because the flavor is a combination of bitter and sweet. Bittersweet. Get it? Just speculating here. Regardless, I'm feeling a bit bitter right now because my team didn't live up to expectations this year. I'll be watching the rest of the BCS while sipping a Satan's Whiskers.
1 ounce gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice (I used tangerine)
4 tsp Grand Marnier
2 tsp orange bitters
Orange (or tangerine) slices for garnish
Fill a shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients except the fruit slices.
Shake and strain into two chilled martini glasses and garnish with the fruit.