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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Padre Serra

Sipping Junipero Gin martini in backyard, which I frosted and placed on the Cortez Lopez Beverage Holder (®) , I think, mmmm, nicely dry, botanicals adequate, a little on the hot side...then I notice label: 98.6 proof. Another drinkable weapons-grade gin, like Broker's, that tastes acceptable, even better than acceptable, no, very well, more than well enough. I once mentioned Junipero in a poem, maybe even my best known poem, such as that category might be--that's how good I found my first encounter...today, my second, still feeling the full flush of it. You may also like to read my old closed caption on Broker's Gin from Old Merry, which includes the obiter dictum on nine-tenths of the gin experience.  Junipero has both a little more juniper (it better, with that name) and a little breath more of sweetness than Broker's.  A dream would be to taste them both the same hour.  Sorry about the stray weeds at the bottom, I'll get to them later this week.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Drunken Botanist

This could be a vurrry important book, this book by one Amy Stewart of Eureka.  I don't know, I haven't read it.  But the press surrounding it is both dutifully reported and marvelously miniscule, a promising sign.  From the Eureka Times-Standard:
"The book [The Drunken Botanist] begins with plants that are actually used to make alcohol, including apples, grapes, sugar cane and barley, and then explores the many spices, herbs and fruits that flavor gin, liqueurs and other libations. The last section of the book is devoted to plants that a gardener might grow to mix, muddle and infuse into their own cocktails. Kirkus Reviews called it 'A rich compendium of botanical lore for cocktail lovers.'” 
Well, Kirkus Reviews are bought reviews, but so much the better in this day and age. But I do like the spirit of this spirits guide and hope the author comes to LA.  I'll offer her a tour of the cocktail botanicals I maintain in my own garden.