THE MACKINAC LIQUOR LIST
by Brookes Moody, Co-Editor
If you’re tired of the same old summery drinks—Arnold Palmers and Rosé—we have the remedy right here. These reviving vintages and microbrews might even make the Queen of England (who has four drinks and a slice of cake a day—our hero) change up her drinking schedule. We invite you to drink up the last few weeks of summer while you quench your thirst and your creative appetite on the following poem pairings!
As always, #PleaseReadResponsibly.
An Interview with Julie Kane
Writers Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey
As Julie Kane states in this comprehensive, revealing interview, “I cut off that Boston Irish Catholic part of my identity for a long time after embracing Louisiana—but as we get older, there’s a pull to return home.” To honor those Irish roots, we can think of no better beverage than Irish Whiskey. While there’s plenty of top shelf options to pick from, the name sealed the deal for us. Plus, they assure us, “No writers were harmed in the making of this whiskey.” Bottoms up.
Twisted Sisters Bless Her Heart
As Southern style wine for a Southern poet, this semi-dry white complements this otherwise sobering poem. What can be a passive aggressive, yet polite, precursor to an insult, “bless her heart”, this formidable wine paring was aptly pressed from varieties known for their thick skin proven to survive humid and tumultuous southern climate. It’s perfect for a piece with a lot of heart, figuratively and literally.
Statue of Mary’ Mother
Cana Altar Red Wine
Even if you do “not take communion on the rare occasions,” Cana Alter Red is a sacramental wine from the Holy Land itself, apropos when reading Kane’s “Statue of Mary’ Mother.”
We’re Making Plans for the Rain
Chateau Diana Cabernet Sauvignon
The Chateau Diana Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in “elaborate barrels,” we assume, but as far as “cheap wine” goes, you get a good bang for your buck. When your home’s cisterns and dinner party conversations run dry, “there are so many uses for water,” so stick with wine when appropriate. For a more comprehensive cheap wine guide, I’ll leave you with the experts at Buzzfeed.
Rock Paper Scissors Toast
Great Lakes Brewing Co. Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA
If you’re taking “credit for the lakes,” you should toast with a Lake Erie Monster Imperial IPA and don’t be surprised when it starts to taste like home. According to the brewers at Great Lakes Brewing Co., this IPA “pairs with steak, aged cheeses, and tall tales,” and of course, Huey’s “Rock Paper Scissors Toast.”
KIMBERLY QUIOGUE ANDREWS
But don’t you think we already have enough meteorology, she said
Senses Wines B.A. Thieriot Chardonnay
Just because these grapes were parched in the California drought, that doesn’t mean you have to be. Bright, butter yellow, and beautifully balanced, Senses Wine’s Chardonnay derives its character from a resilience to the harsh meteorology. Who needs more thoughts about the sky while knocking back this concentration of flavors?
Western Newfoundland Brewing Co. Green Gardens Oat
While the folks at the Western Newfoundland recommend drinking this brew in “on a sunny but not-too-hot Western Newfoundland day,” we maintain that it’s also perfect for that breezy rain of early June. Green Gardens Oat in one hand, the thought of “your hipbone” in the other.
Melick’s Hard Cider Lemon Shandy
Shandies aren’t just for summer. According to Melick’s, this apple-lemon treat is an “anytime drink,” even suitable for poems named for spring. So don’t pour more coffee. The wild-flowers that mark late summer would want you to drink this farm fresh concoction of flavors in the deeper watching of August.
Ghost Song Montage
Liquefied Ghost Martini
1 1/2 oz Pinnacle whipped vodka
1 oz Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
2 oz cream
The translucent creamy look of this drink will haunt you, will keep coming back, just as Bennet’s “Ghost Song Montage” will. Be warned: this drink fogs, and after a couple of Liquefied Ghost Martinis, it will blur the outlines of just about everything.
CRYSTAL J. ZANDERS
My Dad Used to Tell a Funny Story
Night Shift Brewing’s Pfaffenheck
If you’re going to be berated in German—or even just read a poem where that occurs—we recommend doing it while drinking Night Shift Brewing’s Pfaffenheck. The story behind this German-style Pilsner speaks to the brewer’s familial roots, just as Zanders’ poem does, albeit in a very different way.
DAVID MORGAN O'CONNOR
Falling Sky Retrograde Red
Described by Falling Sky Brewing as “orbiting a drinkable inclination of toasted malt and earthy-spicy hops,” you’ll find “nothing is missed or broken” in this stellar amber ale that pairs perfectly with the planetary importance of “Just Say.” It’s true, even if you don’t believe reverse orbits.