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Tying Cherry Stems With Your Tongue

From a message board:

This is my confession. Most bartenders will happily supply a person with two cherries if asked nicely. One can be palmed quite easily while weaving from the bar to one's friends. I would casually comment on my talent, and wait for the inevitable demand to prove it. The stem in my hand would already be carefully knotted as I popped my first cherry (untied) between my lips and went through the motions, working it around my mouth. Carefully hiding the knotted stem between finger and thumb, I would insert the dirty little secret into my mouth only to bring it out to the worship and envy of all. (ahem. Allow me my delusions)

In the end, though, I cannot recommend this brand of deception. Honesty is the best policy, and it can be embarassing to get cornered by a person bearing one stem and a healthy dose of skepticism, and you might find yourself swallowing your pride.

But if you want to try it, here's how you do it.

1. Select the longest cherry stem you can that has the notch-y bits intact on both ends.
2. In your mouth, use your tongue to bend it once about one-third of the way up the stem. You need one side to be slightly longer than the other. Cross the ends.
3. Flip the stem around, if necessary, so the notches point toward the back of your mouth and the longer half is on the bottom.
4. Using your tongue and the back of your teeth, push the loop part upwards, flipping it as though towards the back of your mouth while pressing it towards your teeth. Use your tongue to push the notch of the longer end through the loop as it is coming back down.
5. Use the notch to secure the longer end in the middle of the loop.

6. You only need to get the knot end *just* through the loop. Then, when pulling the stem from your mouth, gently pull the other end with your teeth (lips closed) to tie the know tightly.
7. Extract it sexily (if possible) from your mouth. Amaze friends and bartenders alike.

If you want to see Audrey from Twin Peaks do this with some flair, see:


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