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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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Creation and Craft

Though all the crannies of the world we filled with elves and goblins, though we dared to build gods and their houses out of dark and light, and sow the seed of dragons, 'twas our right (used or misused). The right has not decayed. We make still by the law in which we're made.
     — “Mythopoeia”, J.R.R. Tolkien

I read Derek Brown’s article in Table Matters “Bartenders, Stop Making (Up) Cocktails” today with a great deal of dismay. For under a great deal of flowery language and appeals to long dead psychoanalysts was a sense of utter, terrible defeat, and a denial of one of the greatest aspects of humanity.

His first sentence makes this evident, where he claims that “[a]mong the worst instincts known to man is that of creation.” I would hesitate to ask him what he thought the best instincts were. He proceeds to indict the entire craft cocktail movement and its practitioners, passing them off as places “where you can drink new cocktails made with quirky ingredients such as dehydrated carrots, yogurt and thai chiles. “

The root cause of this defeatist attitude? Once upon a time, Mr. Brown decided to make a warm version of the Cosmopolitan, and now that he’s had an appropriate amount of time to think about it, he now realizes that “Yes, it was terrible.”

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Recent Discussion

  • Re A Roman Holiday in Kentucky, 22 hours 42 minutes ago bkemp1984 commented:

    Me likey.....though I did use rye, Gran Classico, and Chinchón, a Spanish anisette.

  • Re Lady Sniper, 1 day ago Artur B commented:

    Interesting at first but weird bitterness in long finish.

  • Re Between the Sheets (Jerusalem's), 1 day ago dramari commented:

    Used Grand Marnier no 2 in lieu of Cointreau. Also needed a little luxardo maraschino cherry juice.

  • Re Tarzan Boy, 2 days ago Shawn C commented:

    I used JM Rhum Agricole Blanc (110 proof), Dolin Dry & Blanc Vermouths, Campari, and Small Hand Passion Fruit Syrup. It can be weird/undpredictable how disparate flavors and fruits can combine to make something unlike any of them. The "chocolate" notes that appear in the Tin Can Telephone are a more tasty example (for that I was using Cinzano sweet vermouth as a first pass, rather than something like Cocchi di Torino which is known for providing a mild chocolate note.)

  • Re Tarzan Boy, 3 days ago yarm commented:

    I've gotten that rubber/plastic note from some rhum agricoles and not others. And citrus can soften that note, but straight spirits drinks don't hide it well. So I can see that. Which one did you use BTW?