Archive for December, 2008

It’s a Very Bright Light

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

When the world is too dark
And I need the light inside of me
I’ll walk into a bar
And drink fifteen pints of beer

— Shane MacGowan, “Streams of Whiskey”

Rifkin on Good Citizenship

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

“I had three cans of beer along. I drank them slowly in the increasing, savage heat of midday, dropping the empties into the slow river. I was not a good citizen. I didn’t flatten them first.”

— Shepard Rifkin, The Murderer Vine

Will “Blago” Replace “Blotto”?

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Some events current, some less so. Mr. Eric Felten of the Wall Street Journal commemorates the “delightfully vulgar Blagojevich affair” with the cocktails du jour–and of yesteryear. His recipe for Cohasset Punch, itself an ingredient in Saul Bellow’s Dangling Man:

1½ oz dark rum
1 oz sweet vermouth
juice of ½ lemon
½ oz syrup from canned peaches
½ oz Grand Marnier
2 dashes orange bitters

Start by putting half a canned peach in the bottom of a saucer champagne glass; then half-fill the glass with shaved ice. Put all the liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the glass.