Making sense of a 103 degree day.

Today was hot.  The first really hot one of the summer—103 to be specific.  Just to keep things interesting, the power also went out for a couple of hours.  Well, not surprisingly B wanted something refreshing to combat the ill effects of such a concatentation of circumstances.  I got to browsing through Dale Degroff’s (of Rainbow Room fame) The Essential Cocktail and decided on the Tom Collins, which he describes as “…producing a wonderful summer drink that’s much more interesting that a gin and tonic”.  Just the ticket…             Tom Collins 1 1/2 oz. London[…]

Continue reading …

The Monkey Gland

B here. When absinthe became legal again in the U.S.  last year, M was overjoyed. I–less so. I remembered sipping from my mom’s Pernod when I was little, and the anise taste was nasty in my book. Plus, what sane person wants to drink a libation containing wormwood? M did. I broke down and offered to buy him some absinthe for a Valentine’s Day gift, and he chose Lucid. I had a small sip of his Lucid absinthe on ice so that it would louche, meaning the essential oils came out of solution, and I was not impressed. Imagine my[…]

Continue reading …