Blog Recipe

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Canonical recipe for Minicon Blog

  • One 12 oz can each of frozen
    • Orange juice
    • Lemonade
    • Limeade
  • 6 oz grenadine
  • 4 quarts ginger ale (modern equivalent: 4 liters ginger ale)
  • Ice, lots
  • 12 oz vodka (modern equivalent: 1/3 liter vodka)

If the alcohol is left out, it's called "St. Paul Blog". This is because we held the convention one year in a St. Paul hotel that would not let us serve alcohol in the con suite.

The type that has alcohol is not, however, called "Minneapolis Blog". Canonically, it's either Blog or St. Paul Blog. There is no spoon.


Where on Earth are you going to get quarts of ginger ale? 4 liters will do.

The recipe used to call for a "large can (12 oz)" of each juice concentrate. I think it used to come more often in 6 oz cans, and older versions called for twice as many of these. I was born in 1981 and cannot ever recall having seen a 6 oz can of juice concentrate.

6 oz of grenadine, naturally, fills half a 12 oz can of juice concentrate. Take advantage of this.

12 oz of vodka is very close to half of a 750ml bottle (the usual smaller size) and very close to a fifth of a 1.75L bottle (the usual larger size). You can alternatively measure out the traditional 12 oz using the 12 oz juice concentrate cans.

If mixed canonically, it is not very alcoholic, only about 2.5% before considering the ice. The ice can easily bring it down under 2%.

Lisa's variant

Use 2 liters of ginger ale and 2 liters of water instead of 4 of ginger ale. This is more or less equivalent to using juice instead of juice concentrate and results in a less bonk-you-over-the-head sweet drink. For those who like to be canonical, a similar effect can be achieved by being particularly zealous about the "lots" when adding ice and having all the ingredients warm. However, then you'll either have to search all over the hotel for a non-exhausted ice machine or actually buy bags of ice.

Minicon 10 variant

Minicon 10's "Secret Masters of Munchies" packet has a recipe for "punch", which is the same as the above except with twice the grenadine and 10 cups of water instead of ice. It says "vodka to taste ... about a pint" (i.e. 16oz or about 1/2 liter).

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