THE MACKINAC LIQUOR LIST
by Lenea Grace and guest-edited by Ray Disch
We are pleased to introduce our very first guest editor of The Mackinac Liquor List! Ray Disch, founder of award-winning Sourland Mountain Spirits, has lent his booze-picking chops to our 11th issue.
Ray’s knowledge of alcohol extends beyond spirits - he enjoyed early success in the industry as the co-founder of Triumph Brewing Company, New Jersey's original brewpub in Princeton. Since 2014, Ray has been working tirelessly to produce craft gin and vodka at the “First Farm Distillery in New Jersey Since Prohibition.” As a current distiller, former microbrewer, and drinker of wine, we can't think of a better palate for pairing poems.
We hope you enjoy Ray's selections and our justifications for literary daydrinking! #PleaseReadResponsibly
An Interview with Matt Mauch
1½ oz Sourland Mountain Spirits Vodka
4oz Cranberry Juice
1oz Pineapple Juice
½ oz Lime Juice
3 Jalapeno Slices
In a shaker combine all ingredients. Add ice and shake. Pour into a highball glass. Garnish with a lime.
Just like Mountain Punch, Matt Mauch’s interview is chock-a-block with fixings that make you go mmm, so while you’re imbibing, dig into this long-read’s ingredients list: Bill Murray, lapsed Catholicism, personal Obi-Wans, unmanly tears, and the one that got away.
May we who hope we are on our way to super-duper collision not bloody our knuckles too badly if the tools slip
Hopewell Valley Vineyards Stony Brook Blush
As in the poem, we “checked the science today” and we ARE wine. Let’s not bloody our knuckles when we can make each other blush.
Love, condolences, and whatnot keep flowing like a river, hey
2½ oz Sourland Mountain Spirits Vodka
½ oz Lemon Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup
4 slices of English Cucumber
Combine lemon, simple syrup, and 3 slices of cucumber, in a shaker. Muddle. Add vodka and ice. Shake and strain
into a martini glass. Garnish with the remaining cucumber slice. For an extra kick, add a pea sized amount of wasabi.
Well, if they won’t serve pitchers of beer to parties of one, it’s time to demand a grown-ass drink. And really, what pairs better with a poem that mentions “free borscht”? Peas and carrots, cookies and milk…free borscht and vodka. Swill up and let your love, condolences, and whatnot flow like “the river’s long blue eye”.
This Parable of the Christmas lights does not feature Scheherazade, and so it will not last as long as you might like it to
Triumph Brewing Company Holy Smoke 5.0%
Holy Smoke – the name alone is reason enough to pair with Mauch’s parable poem, but we found it even more fitting that The Triumph Brewing Company claims, and we quote, “To make this beer, we suffused a portion of the malt with Palo Santo smoke – a supremely fragrant wood that is said to have spiritual and healing powers which create a unique flavor”.
1 1/2oz Sourland Mountain Spirits gin
4oz of your favorite ginger beer
1oz apple or pear cider
Assemble all ingredients in a highball glass. Garnish with fresh fruit or lime.
Amelia Earhart’s death remains shrouded in mystery, her last transmissions clouded by the unknown. Sip on this gin & ginger, slip on your best flying khakis, and say a posthumous prayer for that great silver bird in the sky.
Hopewell Valley Vineyards Merlot 2010
Morhardt-Goldstein writes, “I am the blood because it is the myth of me. / this symbol perception in which I am finally whole.” Let this award-winning merlot function as this symbol perception in which we are finally drunk.
Back Porch Cocktail*
1 1/2oz Sourland Mountain Spirits Gin
3/4oz Lillet Blanc
3/4oz fresh lime juice
4 mint leaves
Place all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice. Shake and strain into a martini glass with a sugar in the raw rim. Garnish with a mint sprig.
A sultry Back Porch Cocktail for a sultry back porch poem. Cool off with one of these as spring’s “crowd of storms” sings into summer.
The Borrowed Browns
Gin & Tonic*
1 1/2oz Sourland Mountain Spirits gin
4oz your favorite tonic water
1oz fresh grapefruit
Assemble all ingredients in a highball glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary.
Inspired by the “strange / fruit colored plastic / beneath the spinning lenses /of Apollo missions” within Hess’s ode to The Me Generation. And remember, I’m Okay, You’re Okay, but this G&T is More Than Okay.
Villa Neri Sangiovese Toscana 2012
A sacrament wine for the discerning palate.
LORENA PARKER MATEJOWSKY
I Hate I Love Orlando
2oz Sourland Mountain Spirits gin
1 radish sliced
3/4oz lemon juice
2 dashes simple syrup
1 small pinch of sea salt
In a mixing glass add the sliced radish, lemon, simple syrup and salt. Muddle all ingredients, then add gin and ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with sliced radish.
Just a pinch of sea salt to tease the city Matejowsky’s narrator hates to love; Orlando, is, after all, inlando. Step back from the “suburban quicksand” and slosh down a sour in the sweet heat of the Florida sunshine.
Up North // Under the Bridge
Boylan Bottling’s Orange Seltzer
In the immortal words of Freaks and Geeks guidance counselor Mr. Rosso, “Maybe if you don’t drink, you WILL be cool.” Treat yourself to an orange pop, Michigan-styles, and stave off the midlife crisis bound to hit once you realize poet Joseph Felkers is still in high school.
*All cocktail recipes by Craig Holcomb