Unfortunately, the point driven home to me for the Holidays was that my capacity for coming up with interesting ideas is not always paired with the culinary talent for bringing them to fruition: the pot pie recipe I threw myself into wound up being thrown in the garbage, the Salted Carmelite nun candies I wanted to give out for Christmas looked warped and depressed in their nasty looking habits. I dare not go on. I will say that even my ability to fix myself a bowl of cereal with confidence was suspect.
It was enough to drive a person to drink.
Fortunately, I recalled the eternal wisdom of the great Maria von Trapp who once said to her flock, "Wenn der Herr eine Tür schließt, irgendwo Er öffnet ein Fenster," which roughly translates (and I do mean roughly) to "When the Lord closes the door on your edible nun idea, somewhere he opens a window."
As luck would have it, that window happened to shine a divine light upon my liquor shelf. Even more fortunate was the fact that I happened to be browsing the internet reading up on Tom Lehrer, the great mid-20th Century composer of such songs as "Poisoning Pigeons in The Park" and "The Masochism Tango." It was if by some unseen force that I was willed to read the Wikipedia passage that mentioned Professor Lehrer's (spurious) claim to have invented the Jell-O shot as a way to circumvent alcohol restrictions while working at Los Alamos Labs in New Mexico.