Sunday, January 12, 2014

Summarizing world literature in two sentences (and having a cocktail)

My daughter gave me the idea. She is a great reader of mystery and suspense novels, and she says men consistently write better books in the field than women.

I believe it and I'll go further than that. Here is my thumbnail guide (or is it nutshell?) to all of world literature.

Male author:
"Then Sir Ralph and the Duke chose weapons, and the Duke died of being run through the belly."

Female author:
"Corisande -- called Ree by an eccentric aunt since childhood -- felt strangely upset and sad that morning."

Am I being snappish? Perhaps. The week was rather long and hectic. But just think -- if you know all world lit. in a nutshell, you have all that extra time to go and mix a cocktail. Here are two of my newest:

Havana #2, from the Calvert Party Encyclopedia (1960). A bit sweet, but good.
1 and 1/2 ounces (a jigger) light rum
1 ounce (2 Tablespoons) pineapple juice
1/2 ounce (1 Tablespoon) lemon juice 
Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass.

Pink Creole, from Schumann's American Bar. Cream-based drinks do not seem to me to be fortuitous creations. Remember the disappointment of the porto flip. But perhaps you'll have a better experience with this one.
dashes lemon juice
dash grenadine
1/4 ounce (1 and 1/2 teaspoons) cream
2 ounces (a jigger plus a Tablespoon) white rum
Shake well with ice in a cocktail shaker, strain into a cocktail glass.

 The rest of the day is yours. 

Free image from Tack-o-Rama. Is this the actress who played the cold, bitchy sister in Katharine Hepburn's Holiday (1939)?

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