THE MACKINAC LIQUOR LIST
Grab your glasses (or glasses) and saddle up to your nearest bar or bookshelf. It’s The Mackinac Liquor List, brought to you by editor Brookes Moody.
Issue #7 comes to you during the most fleeting of seasons: summer. It breeds nostalgia. There’s campfire smoke in your hair, s’more residue on your fingertips, dried sea salt on your tight, tanned skin. Maybe you’re even hearing Paul Westerberg’s “First Glimmer.” Do you remember me, long ago…Oh, wait—that’s just this issue’s Companion Playlist! Like Christmas mornings as a kid, all too soon summer’s over, which is why we’re thrilled to bring you Issue #7 just under the wire. Luckily, nothing pairs with nostalgia like a little light drinking. As always, #PleaseReadResponsibly!
CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER
An Interview with Craig Morgan Teicher
Leinenkugel’s Cranberry Ginger Shandy
In this interview we get to meet Craig and read up on his thoughts on poetry, family, and his creative processes. But if you skip ahead to question number 7, you’ll truly peer into the depth of his character. Taste buds are the window to the soul after all, and it’s here that Craig suggests drinking, “beer with more of the same beer mixed in.”
While we admire Craig’s beverage loyalty, I’m going to suggest pairing this interview with Leinenkugel’s Cranberry Ginger Shandy. It’s basically beer with more of a kick mixed in. (And if that wasn’t enough of a plug for Leinenkugel, they also promote Canoes For a Cause in an effort to protect Midwest waterways. Very Mackinac.) This shandy is refreshing and unexpected, perfect for a Sunday afternoon BBQ or hearing about the Teicher/Shaughnessy Family’s time in Iowa City. This twist on the shandy is soon to be a summer favorite, as are Craig’s thoughtful remarks. Drink while listening to Craig’s playlist pick: Titus Andronicus’s “I Lost My Mind.”
Self-Portrait As No One
Smuttynose Finestkind IPA
Beer. Pure and simple as watching thunderclouds move in, in a thousand percent humidity, from a lawn chair or underneath a covered porch. His haunting poem will linger in your thoughts like the hoppy, slightly bitter taste of this IPA. Also, the Finestkind might be the best bottle label in all of beer. Make mine a Smutty.
Self-Portrait As The Man I’ve Become
Adulthood can be a buzzkill. That’s why there’s beer. And poetry. And Self-Portrait As The Man I’ve Become D3 to remind us that you can still get buzzed and deer really are a menace and those moments can be beautiful beyond any prior imagining. So let’s talk about growing up and the particular states of intoxication over a six pack of Harpoon—my first legal purchase as an adult.
A cop out, I know, but with microbrews and now home brews being all the rage, who doesn’t have a friend or relative referring to their basement as the BrüHaus? Be careful not to want too much from other people, unless of course they’re a really good brewer - then want away!
Mt. Gay and Tonic
The result of a long night out with Mt. Gay and Tonic—is a headache.
A Prayer for the Wolf Bands of Festival Season
10-12 mint leaves
2 oz gin
3/4 oz fresh squeeze lemon juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Turn South Side for the surprise and the subtle sophistication that comes when asking a bartender to whip up this classic summer cocktail.
Remembering Quick Draw at the Plaza Flamingo
1 teaspoon coarse salt
4 oz Tequila
2 oz Triple Sec
2 oz freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 oz blue Curacao liqueur
2 teaspoons superfine sugar
2 (1/4-inch) slices star fruit for garnish (optional)
1 lime, cut into wedges
When life hands you a barricade of fruits, grab a blender. When life hands you salt, eating through the sidewalk, put it on the rim of your glass. You won’t be overthinking the blues after enough Curacao, but you just might be underthinking.
As Ill as I Am I Am
Green Goddess Cocktail
8 oz vodka
1 teaspoon or 1 bag green tea
½ cup sugar
2 cups (packed) baby arugula
1 English hothouse cucumber
1 jalapeño, quartered, seeded
4 oz fresh lemon juice
Mint sprigs (for serving)
Drop the kettle bells and pick up your tea kettle! We’re putting the “shot” back in a wheatgrass shot and this cocktail will take some preparation. Steeping tea, muddling jalapeño, reading As Ill as I Am I Am for context. Bottom line, however ill you are, this poem is good for your health. And so is this recipe. Leave those “small green pills” to the poem and fill up on the Green Goddess Cocktail. Who else is suddenly starting to understand the appeal of green smoothie?
from Nothing Granted
Sunlight on Snow
1/2 oz simple syrup
10 rosemary needles
1 ½ oz gin
1/4 oz fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
1/4 oz St. Germain Orange peel, for garnish
To literally drink up sunlight with snow falling and good fruit is a rare opportunity. Thank you foodista.com for bringing this drink to our attention, but thank you more to Anna Meister.
Horoscope for an Unmanned Drone
A Ziploc Full of Nips
No, literally, a Ziploc full of Nips. (Unfamiliar with the colloquialism? As always, Wikipedia, ladies and gentleman.) It’ll get you through airport security. Hell, it’ll get you there. And so will Horoscope for an Unmanned Drone.
Pabst Blue Ribbon
Sadly, your beloved PBR is packed with GMOs. Don’t worry. Just read some Curtis Rogers and “Nab the set list,” or in this case, the companion playlist, and enjoy this college throwback anyway.
1 oz light rum
2 oz vodka
1/2 oz milk
1 tsp sugar
Juice of 1/2 lemon
This summer-appropriate drink might mimic the milky clouds of bathwater, but don’t let that fool you. It has rum and vodka! Warning: too many Bikini Cocktails and you’ll be skinny-dipping, which, come to think of it, is just being “full mooned in the bathtub.” So bottoms up! All of them.
Andegavia Cask Wines
Fight against the box wine stigma and try Andegavia Cask Wines. Whether you’re in Katowice or your kitchen, the vacuum packed caskS keep wine fresh and are entirely recyclable. And equally important, the wine is quite yummy.
Yep. You saw this one coming a mile away. What else would you pair with sad porn? All we can say is, thank you Prohibition for bringing us votes for women, jazz, and of course, distilling gin in your bathtub. So pass on the blue light special and head to your nearest speakeasy, circa 1920. Or 2015.
LINDSEY D. ALEXANDER
Saudade [Unspill the Salt]
Saudade, a gorgeous word describing a perceived inherent melancholy or nostalgia of Brazilians, can be paired with one thing: Caipirinha. Brazil’s national liquor can be imbibed any number of ways: served on the rocks, like it’s cousin rum in a mojito, in a blended drink, with a sugarcane swizzle stick, with or without poetry. We suggest with.
At the Edge of a River
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1 oz milk or cream
1 cup ice
Speaking of blended drinks…it’s the season for it. Often thought of as a milkshake for grownups, this blended, muddy drink won’t be so posh come September. So drink up. Labor Day is gaining on us.