Patio perfect

We’re having a pergola built over our back patio, something to provide a little shade in the face of the blazing afternoon sun. This is the perfect drink for my rejuvenated patio: it’s sweet, but the cucumber balances the sweet with crisp and clean. I feel like I could while away at least a few days sipping on one of these, stretched out on a chaise, listening to the summer float by.  

The Gift Shop, Death & Co.

Every monologue starts somewhere

I like to drink.  Specifically, I like to drink fine cocktails, crafted with care and attention to detail.  I enjoy the ritual of assembling disparate ingredients in a complex and appealing way, and then imbibing in a manner that pays respect to the history and creativity of the craft.  Yes, alcohol is fun, but craft cocktails are a practical form of art that appeals to me.  I started this blog to share my appreciation of both the professionals who make amazing beverages, and also the fans who keep the history of the cocktail alive and well.  This isn’t just about polishing off a rough day with a mind-altering substance (although I admit, my day job often makes that an important component); this is about recognizing and valuing the marriage of science and art and taste and history.  Welcome to my monologue.