THE MACKINAC LIQUOR LIST
In which editor Brookes Moody urges you to #PleaseReadResponsibly and suggests best practices in beverage pairings for the poems of Issue #6.
We kick off this issue of The Mackinac with an entertaining interview from our featured poet David McGimpsey. To celebrate his embrace of pop-culture in poetry we recommend you read his interview as you imbibe a crisp, slightly fruity MmmHops, from—you guessed it— Hanson.
My taste in music, booze, and poetry is on the line here, so let’s be clear: I’ll endorse Hanson every day of the week and twice on Sundays. Not only can these siblings harmonize, start their own record label, and cameo in a Katy Perry music video, they can apparently brew a decent pale ale. I got a case at Christmas and it was refreshing as McGimpsey’s charming remarks.
Don’t trust your beer making to three home-schooled Oklahomans that graced the pages of Teen Beat in the late ‘90s? Valid concern. But if beer connoisseur and musical snob Clarke Moody (what up, Pops?) can declare MmmHops “not terrible,” you can be sure that this is an above average beverage. MmmHops is a solid effort from three guys who grew up, cut their hair, and (we can only assume) have stopped roller blading through strip malls and singing in front of giant pansies. What’s not to like? The subtly layered flavors? The Motown influences? The pure, unadulterated happiness? Bottom line: let MmmHops fill your belly, MmmBop fill your soul, and David McGimpsey’s interview fill your mind.
Having middle school flashbacks and looking for more Hanson?
See the Issue #6 Playlist or tweet @TheMackinac or @brookesmoody for our deep track Hanson suggestions.
Beautiful Blonde Ale
This is just what the doctor prescribed: beer before bed. And what better beer to pair with this poem than one that shares the same name and delightful aftertaste? That’s why we’re pleased to introduce you to Knee Deep Brewing Company’s Beautiful Blonde Ale. Lean into the blonde on blonde theme even further by cranking up the volume on our Issue #6 Playlist.
Theory of Genetics
Birch Whiskey Snow Cocktail
6 oz. Bourbon
4 oz. Maple Syrup
2 oz. dry sherry
2 drops bitters
Freshly fallen snow…or shaved ice
Hopefully you’re no longer dealing with freshly fallen snow, but after the winter we’ve just had, a seasonably late blizzard wouldn’t shock us. If there happens to be a lingering storm, turn lemons into lemonade and snow into a Birch Whiskey Snow Cocktail! Take this drink in a tight, white grip and settle in with Jess Smith’s Theory of Genetics.
We’ve Got to Sew up Our Winter Dresses Lest We’ll Freeze to Death
For the Parisian in all of us in celebration of Serge Gainsbourg. Unlike Serge, we recommend moderation.
Ginger and Carrot Cocktail
1 oz. vodka
3 oz. carrot juice
1 oz. apple juice
2 thin slices of fresh ginger
This Bloody Mary alternative is a complicated little cocktail that takes careful preparation and flourishes the way Frills deserves your careful consideration. Best with brunch in bed.
Blood and Sand
¾ oz. Scotch
¾ oz. Blood Orange Juice
¾ oz. Sweet Vermouth
¾ oz. Cherry Heering Liqueur
Thought I was going to say a Bloody Mary, didn’t you? Well, we’re not that predictable, and neither is Seth Graves. His poem Blood will take you on an unpredictable journey, as will this unconventional cocktail. Yes, usually I think it’s blasphemy to pollute Scotch with accouterments such as an orange peal, but hell, sometimes it’s blood…orange.
A Family Tree or a Double Helix
Strawberry DNA Cocktail
2/3 oz. Gin
1/3 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur
2 oz. Pineapple Juice
2-3 tbsp. of Powered Surgar
Yep. I’m going literal on this one. For instructions, on making this DNA inspired cocktail, I’m going to direct you over to the TED stage. As you might have guessed, as a poet, chemistry was not my strong suit, but looking at this tasty beverage, it might be time for me to give science a second chance.
An Orange Poppy
1 oz. Absinthe
½ oz. Triple Sec
1 oz. Lemon-Lime Soda
If absinthe isn’t your speed, you can always choke down a few jellyhearts because Orange Poppies will do it for you even if a daring Orange Poppy cocktail doesn’t. Reading Eat, Pray, Love—either ironically or unironically—afterwards is optional.
1.5 oz. Gin
¾ oz. Lemon Juice
3/8 oz. Curacao
3/8 oz. Luxardo
Nope, I didn’t have to go far to find these booze pairings. But don’t confuse these convenient cocktail names with laziness. Or just pour yourself a Jack and soda. That's what the poet himself would do.
How to Be Better
9 parts White Rum
5 parts Lime Juice
3 parts Simple Syrup
Stop crying. I’m telling you, I’ve got the perfect solution for all your problems: reading Janet Edward’s How to Be Better. And if that doesn’t work, down a daiquiri! You’ll cry less, although we can’t quite guarantee you’ll drink less. Daiquiris are half dessert anyway. Recipes and choice of rum may vary, but with the addition of some simple syrup and citrus we’re confident you’ll heed the poem’s advice and, “Put the wine bottle down”—a true daiquiri convert. Whenever possible, make them drive-thru daiquiris, a concept we only wish we invented!
5 parts Vodka
2 parts Kahlúa
1 part heavy cream
This is not your average glass of milk. For all you dudes out there who have never tried a White Russian, now’s your chance. We want to go on record and suggest you serve this on the rocks. Try a white Russian and before you know it, it’ll be “Happy Hour again.”
No More Poems Involving Hearts
Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Reserve
Age this wine, but uncork No More Poems Involving Hearts again, and again, and again. This high quality, dare I say “mouthfilling,” poem deserves to be savored. And Cakebread delivers oaky Californian wines at their best.
No More Poems Involving Ghosts
2 oz. Gin
½ oz. Green Chartreuse
½ oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Who you gonna call? J. Bradley. And potentially Slimer.