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A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

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A Pleasant Walk in the Park, or The Deeper Meaning Behind Wild Squirrel Sex

April 1, 2013. I put on my temporary neck tattoo and rode my velocipede down to Powell’s bookstore the other day. Luckily, there’s designated parking throughout most of downtown Portland for velocipedes, and I took the next to last one available. Dodging through the mass of newspaper sellers, itinerant players of Trevelyan’s Rocker, and stand-ins for the cover of Shearwater’s magnificent album “Rook”, I quickly found my way up to the rare book room. I often visit this room for some peace and solitude, as all the books in this room are over $20.

While idly browsing the stacks of books, I was startled to find one pushed to the back of the shelf, as if someone had wanted to hide the book from the gaze of mere mortals. Even more startling, the cover was not affixed with multitudes of bird stickers. Though the print was barely legible, I could make out that it was a Eighteenth century book of “Divers Receipts for the Manufacture, Blending and Drinking of Chymically-Flavoured Neutral Grain Spirits at Modest Proof”. Knowing my velocipede was safely parked outside and that I had removed the seat, the large wheel, the tires and the chain to deter thieves, I settled down to peruse the curious little book.

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Recent Discussion

  • Re Deadbolt, 7 hours 52 minutes ago Travis Bickel commented:

    Used high proof Bourbon instead of blended scotch and added Peychaud's bitters with Mole bitters for chocolate and anise undertones. Poured into rock's glass with one large cube and it worked real well.

  • Re No Stone Unturned, 1 day ago drinkingandthinking commented:

    Fernet and absinthe work well together and salt plays a role in tying it altogether. Interesting but not exactly my cup of tea.

  • Re 100-Year-Old Cigar, 2 days ago Craig E commented:

    Per comment and linked reference, added the missing bitters. Thanks!

  • Re 100-Year-Old Cigar, 2 days ago applejack commented:

    Pretty sure this is supposed to have a dash of Ango.

  • Re Martinez, 2 days ago Kindred Cocktails commented:

    Curated to correct Bergamot to be in Somerville, MA.