I might add that enough of these will make you cast down the laurel, hang up the fiddle and do parlor tricks without being asked.
1 OR 2 LUMPS OF LOAF SUGAR,
Dissolved in a Little Hot Water
1 SQUIRT OF LEMON JUICE
1 WINE GLASS OF IRISH WHISKEY
Fill glass with hot water, stir well. Add slice of lemon. Grate nutmeg over top.
– From So Red the Nose
Wow. It is so far from being hot toddy season it’s not even funny. Here’s hoping you get a summer cold so you can enjoy this one. Continue reading
Believe or not, I do, in fact, read things published after 1935. The last week of December, for example, I spent burning through the wonderful, weird world of Archie AU* in a desperate attempt to meet my Goodreads Reading Challenge (Comic books count as books right? Shut up. I read Anthony Adverse this year.).
Actually I read many amazing books this year, some of them capital-“G” Great Books. I even had to narrow my list down this time, to the ones I was truly passionate about. And it is that carefully curated list which I present to you now. Ladies and gentlemen, my top four most-loved books discovered in 2015 are:
Louis Paul lifts a little glass slipper filled with his potent concoction to the opulent wench in the pumpkin coach.
2 PARTS LIQUEUR CESORIAC
1 PART VERMOUTH (Italian Cinzano)
1 PART CHERRY JUICE
3 LIMES (to each pint)
SLATHERS OF ICE (or you will go home in a basket).
–from So Red the Nose
Oh cesoriac. This forgotten midcentury liqueur may be less popular today, but that makes it no less delicious. Continue reading
…if a few of our more robust clergymen are genuinely anxious to forward the cause of world peace and at the same time would like to tell their audiences how to bring good cheer into the home on Christmas Day, we suggest as a theme for a sermon Robert J. Casey’s unusual program for bringing about international good will.
Call Gin by it’s right name!
White distillations of corn, rye, barley or malt are made in almost every country on the face of the earth. They may vary slightly in composition but they seldom vary in spirit. The juniper berry is not universal, but Gin under a universal name might make all men brothers.
In fact the original name for Gin was Geneva, and it still goes under that name in Holland.
Here’s to Geneva and the spirits of peace.
— from So Red the Nose
As if 1930’s readers needed the holiday season or articles of war as an excuse to consume yet more gin. Although — regardless of what our old friend Casey might say — the juniper-based Dutch gin (also called jenever/genever) is technically not a gin as we know it, but rather the patriarch from whence all modern gins are spawned. Continue reading
Members of the So Red the Nose Club should read Asylum to discover what lies in store for incautious imbibers of Gin and Pernod.
1 PART GIN
1 PART PERNOD
DASH OF GRENADINE
Pour Over Large Lumps of Ice
Do Not Shake
– From So Red the Nose
It’s pretty ironic to have an alcoholic drink based on a book about rehab. Or is it actually the opposite of irony, since a drunk is surely a cocktail expert? #thingsenglishteachersshouldknow Continue reading