THE MACKINAC LIQUOR LIST
In which editor Brookes Moody waxes poetic (hey-o!) on booze pairings for Issue #5.
Always Dalwhinnie. Coming to you from the highest elevated distillery in Scotland, this whiskey is so delicious that I named my first-born puppy after it’s heathery taste. This Scotch is what us editors will be imbibing while we celebrate the publication of the fifth issue with a strong “Newport Pour.” (Or the Balvine Caribbean cask. Damn, I’m torn. The only way to make Scotch better? Age it in rum casks.) Enjoyed best paired with the poems and playlist.
It Is Imperative that You Fail
Apis Póltorak Jadwiga
Have we had Apis Póltorak Jadwiga? No. Sadly, we don’t come across mead in too many bars these days (and, full disclosure, we aren’t entirely sure of the proper pronunciation). However, as Google will tell you, Poltorak is the strongest style Polish mead, and Peter is pretty much the strongest Polish poet we know. With a MA in Polish Literature from Columbia as well as an MFA from the New School, Peter is one badass poet. Enjoy “It Is Imperative That You Fail” with a tall glass, goblet, flask, etc. of Póltorak. Reading Peter’s work, in spite of the title, is a win-win.
1 Part Vodka
5 Parts Orange Juice
1 Part Vanilla Liquer
What makes this drink not just a vanilla spiked screwdriver? Marketing. Why is this the perfect drink to have while reading Sunbox? Read it and find out.
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
2 dashes angostura bitters
1 barspoon club soda
2 ounces rye or bourbon whiskey
Brave and bold, an old fashioned is a classic on par with honeymooning in upstate New York. Ok, so some things change. But we’re happy the old fashioned hasn’t! You don’t have to be as daring as Annie Edson Taylor to try one—just thirsty. For this one we recommend it like Niagara Falls: over the rocks.
the etymology of genealogy
Like your maternal and paternal lines coming together to form your branch on the ol’ family tree, so do a variety of grapes merge to form this wine. The color is in the amount of grape skins left in, so rosés have a wide range of hues from “blush” to the less appetizing “onion.”
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Pimm’s No. 1 Cup
Not to be too literal, but when “English” is mentioned in a poem, whether it’s the language or the nationality, I start thinking Pimms. A versatile liqueur, consider Pimms mixed into an array of cocktails when playing polo, wearing your whites at Wimbledon, or reading Ms. Baker’s poetry.
A Shot of Patrón Xo Café Tequila
To go with your old lovers and poor choices. Just make sure you’ve lined up a cab ahead of time…
Narragansett Del's Shandy
The season may have passed for this novelty drink, but doesn’t it bring you back? To daisy dukes and day drinking and salty hair and the one that got away. Go a head. Indulge. We don’t judge appropriateness or adult perspective.
A Wee Smidge
Buy bottles. Chill in fridge. Open. Pour into iconic glass. Good for after giving birth…who knew?
1.5 Ounce Gin or Vodka
1 Ounce fresh lime juice
1 Ounce Simple Syrup
You may know the gimlet best from me getting drunk and accidentally flashing a waiter a la Tara Reid at The Breakers in Palm Beach, “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.” The gimlet is, hands down, the most refreshing drink out there. It’s like reading Todd Colby’s “August Poem.” May I recommend vodka over the gin?
5 cl Canadian Whisky
2 cl Sweet red vermouth
Dash angostura bitters
“Red-shirted at night…a spirit that walks” can mean one thing. One drink at least. And that’s a Manhattan. Red as the Big Apple, the maraschino cherries bring you back to your Shirley Temple drinking days but with a little more kick. Definitely not your Goodship Lollipop.
SAN FRAN FIASCO
2 cl vodka
2 cl crème de banaes
Not to be confused with a Swizzle, Planter’s Punch, other Caribbean fruity goodness, this heavily garnished cocktail doubles as a snack and subs out rum for vodka. Drinking more than one in a sitting guarantees a fiasco.
THE PHYSICAL IMPOSSIBILITY OF LIVING IN THE MIND OF SOMEONE DEAD
Sadly, we’ve all been there. Budweiser, while terrible, and apparently filled with controversial GMOs - well, it’s as American as duckshot. And sometimes you just need a Bud. Even if you are Canadian. The comfort food of beers.