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The Geek-Tini

I’m not entirely sure why I was thinking about the early days of my programming career, but I was. I remembered that all of us used to joke that geeks live on nothing more than Mountain Dew and Doritos. (Which was entirely untrue, there was also cold Chinese and stale coffee.) So of course I came to the conclusion that I needed to take Mountain Dew and Doritos and turn them into a cocktail.

Yes, I know that’s not normal.

Have you ever had an idea stick in your head that just would not let go of you until you did something with it? No matter how strange the concept is, it simply refuses to leave the corner of your mind. It just sits there, nagging, popping up to haunt you until you do something with it. Until you make it go away.

For me it happens far too often. It happened when I thought of making bacon straws after a conversation with Jaden Hair at a food conference. It happened when I got the idea that Frito pie and chili burgers should be put together. It happens all the time. Crazy little notions that I can’t walk away from until I try them.

Sometimes these ideas turn out well. Sometimes they fall flat. Either way, once the concept has been worked through, I can let it go. I’m free of that nagging little voice in the back of my head that keeps telling me that something has to be done. In this case, it turned out well.

While I can’t see this drink becoming the new trend, it is something that I would serve to a room full of my former cube-rat compatriots while watching a marathon of properly geeky movies. It’s smooth, crisp and believe it or not, the Doritos crumbs add an interesting bit of texture to the affair.

So to all of my fellow geeks, nerds and code wranglers, I lift my glass of Doritos and Mountain Dew. I hope Y’all have a great day.

What’s the strangest recipe idea you’ve ever come up with? Did it work out the way you expected it to, or did it fall flat? Take a moment to leave a comment and share your experience, we’d love to hear about it.

The Geek-Tini
Yield: 1 drink of Questionable Lineage

The Geek-Tini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1.5 ounces vodka
  • A handful of Doritos┬« Tortilla chips
  • 3 ounces Mountain Dew┬«
  • The juice of 1 lime


  1. Crush the Doritos in a zipper bag or a blender. pour out onto a small plate and squeeze lime juice over them.
  2. Run lime around the edge of a martini glass and place top-down in the crushed chips.
  3. Pour vodka into the glass and then add Mountain Dew. Garnish with a slice of lime if desired.
  4. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 456Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 419mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 13gProtein: 5g

What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:

I would have thought of this at a ComicCon!


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