*previously posted in DigBoston by BILL SHANER
What’s up, nerds?
That’s right, we’re pretty sure reading this column means you’re a nerd about cocktails or history or both. And since you’re reading your alt-news, we’ll go so far as to guess that you may also be a book nerd too. In that case, do we have an event for you: Le Mixeur Sharky: Nine Stories.
On April 10 from 6-9 p.m. the good folks at The Hawthorne will host the Bostonedition of
Le Mixeur Sharky, benefiting the Autism Centerof Mass Advocates forChildren. The cocktail party will feature nine of your favorite bartenders mixing up drinks inspired by J.D. Salinger’s titular tome. Each bartender will serve their own creative libation for a 20-minute period as guests mix and mingle, and sample cocktails and snacks, all while raising money for a good cause.
Cocktail nerds among us may be familiar with Seattle-based bartender, blogger, and author of Left Coast Libations, Ted Munat. Several years ago Ted and his brother Charles started Le Mixeur, a series of social events promoting creativity, community, and delicious cocktails in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally Ted is dad to an amazing boy named Sharky. Sharky has autism and Ted chronicles the joys of raising Sharky—along with the challenges of dealing with school districts, insurance companies, and “the man”—at his blog called Still Life with Shark. He developed Le Mixeur Sharky: Nine Stories as a benefit on the Left Coast. Our fearless leader, Ms. Hanky Panky decided that this time, the Right Coast should join in.
Sip one of these as you re-read the book. See you there, nerds.
2.25 oz rosemary gin
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz ginger syrup
1 egg white
1 barspoon cayenne/shiraz syrup
Combine all ingredients with ice except shiraz syrup. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Drizzle syrup in the center of the glass. Garnish with rosemary syrup.
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*as posted in DigBoston
In a few months my very first cocktail book will be published. I have Dig Boston, our weekly deadline of cocktail columns, and devoted fans of the LUPEC blog to thank for years of readership and practice leading up to this crowning achievement. I’ve wanted to write ever since I was a little girl, and as I was looking over proofs to the book today, my little heart swelled with pride. And what better time than the sex issue to finally reveal the fruits of my literary labor: [drumroll, please! -Ed]the book will be called …
THE SCREAMING ORGASM.
Yes, it’s about cocktails with sexually suggestive names. I never could have imagined that this is how I would make my publishing debut. And you can probably imagine how mortified I was to tell my parents the title. Cocktail nerds everywhere will probably judge me. Then again, they’ve likely been doing that since I confessed my guilty pleasure cocktail (Malibu & pineapple). Or at least since I introduced you all to the Imperial Royale (Bud Light Lime and St-Germain) last August.
You’ll have to wait until June to check out this little gem. Until then, allow me to introduce you to one of my favorite drinks from its pages: Sex with the Ex.
Made with jalapeno, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper this drink may seem at first blush like something you just shouldn’t do.
Well, you’re right.
Sex with the Ex isn’t always the best idea, but much like this cocktail it can sometimes be spicy, invigorating and exciting. And something you should really only do once. Or once in a while.
SEX WITH THE EX
1 Jalapeno slice
.5 oz maple syrup
.75 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz Plymouth gin
Muddle jalapeno and maple syrup in a mixing glass. Add lemon juice, gin, and ice. Shake ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a pinch of cayenne pepper.
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