cocktail hour…Death in the Afternoon…

i’m not one for exotic alcohols…ouzo, sambuca, tuaca, goldschlagger, rumplemintz etc…so, i’ve been a little oblivious to the recent resurgence of absinthe…until i read about how one company is producing it here in the U.S…and then i found a recipe…if Papa Hemingway took absinthe seriously enough to name a drink after one of his books…(or understood the marketing value…that wiley Papa)…i decided this fancy spirit deserved further investigation…so, tonight’s cocktail hour is dedicated to…Death in the Afternoon…

first i went searching for st. george…turns out, you can’t just run down to the liquor store and grab a bottle off the shelf…go figure…they did have some other brands…with bottles that reminded of the bottles you sometimes find on the window shelves of fraternity houses…the bad old days…they did have Kubler…a label i did not recognize, but it’s the Swiss…any country that only maintains an army for self defense can be trusted…right???

for the champagne, i made sure of two things…keep it small…ms scribe doesn’t like the bubbly…and, no sparkling wine, brut, or prosecco…champagne…

materials secured, it’s time to get to work…drinking…

as i write this i am half way through the glass…let’s start with this…it is right and proper to have the word Death in the name of this drink…that’s exactly what it tastes like…that may have something to do with my proportions…measuring tools…are…for…amateurs…right now my face is numb…and i keep catching myself touching my lips…an old habit from the XTC days…or maybe it’s because my lips are tingling…


(this odd, stolen, clip just about replicates my experience…)

hmm…one glass of champagne never has this effect on me…i have to tip my hat to absinthe…there is certainly something to it…it warrants exploration…i just have to find a better way to drink it…i welcome any fellow curious travelers to join me…or offer suggestions…i’ve got a big bottle of kubler to share…

BTW, i am working on a year end review of my favorite music of the year…look for that sometime later this week…and if it sounds as goofy as this post…you’ll know why…

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