THE MACKINAC LIQUOR LIST
Editor Brookes Moody's gift to you!
Good pairings she brings to you and your kin
Good pairings for Christmas and a Happy New Year! Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding;
Oh, bring us a figgy pudding & a cup of good cheer!
We won't go until we've got some, so you might as well read on...
For this Holiday Issue Liquor List, we urge you to break with tradition: forgo the eggnog, skip the spiked cider, say bon voyage to the Beaujolais nouveau, and opt for something a little more poetic. As you’ll learn from the poems within Issue #8, there’s water on Mars and ice in the Oort Cloud, and to The Mackinac, that spells cocktail hour. Plenty to drink up here, both literally and figuratively, so grab a #CupOfGoodCheer and #PleaseReadResponsibly!
An Interview with Amy Lawless
3 parts Prosecco
2 parts Aperol
1 part Club Soda
Known for her humor and depth, Amy Lawless delivers both in this fun and frank interview, as well as the brilliant suggestion to try an Aperol Spritz. Both Amy and this cocktail are equally refreshing. The Italian Apéritif and the accompanying effervescent are best enjoyed while reading this interview and listening to Ryan Adam’s Blank Space on Issue #8’s Companion Playlist. As they say in Italy, saluti!
Backpacking on Mars
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 tsp Tang
Backpacking, like space expeditions, requires an intrepid spirit, meticulous planning, and of course—Tang! Backpacking on Mars requires a vodka upgrade, and schnapps for good measure.
Men are from Mars
1 part Vodka
2 parts Tang
Technically not a screwdriver, Phillip’s head or flat, but you could be forgiven for mistaking The Cosmonaut for one.
1 part Grape Juice
1 part Ginger Ale
1 part Vodka
The superstitious child in you will appreciate the grape juice. Bonus: A virgin transfusion is like the elixir of life to a hangover – it will bring you back from the dead, which you’ll need in the event you try and drink the whole Liquor List. If that doesn’t work, you’ll bear witness to the narrator of Letter’s childhood ghost, holding her breath as she passes.
We Need to Talk
1 oz bourbon
1 oz pickle juice
A pickle cocktail for a fickle narrator. It’s not that you won’t love this cocktail, or that you’re incapable of loving. You don’t know how to love only this cocktail. And that’s ok. You’ll love this poem, and with a list like this, there are plenty of cocktails to love.
Skinny Girl Prosecco
‘Tis the season for a little sparkle and New Year’s resolutions dictated by Beauty. That’s why recommend the low-cal Prosecco to pair this poem and any 2016 makeovers. While it may be a diet drink, this poem is all substance. You be the judge if the same can be said about “Cover Girl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara.”
Funeral For a Friend
1/2 oz 151 proof rum
1/2 oz Rumple Minze peppermint liqueur
1/2 oz Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey
For such a sobering poem, drinking this will accomplish the opposite.
Aw, shucks! This garnish sure beats celery. With one swift motion, the shot goes down the hatch and the raw oysters with make even the krill in your gut shiver. This is the sensory bombardment, ripe with flavor and description, you can expect from Auscultation. Fast-paced and slightly spicy.
Appleton Estate Rum
A poem soaked in nostalgia deserves a distillery steeped in history. Appleton Estates rum, founded in 1749, achieves just that. The rich recollections in Markland’s poem pair impeccably with vivid images of wire, rock, and echoes. Drink neat, or with a lime.
Wyoming Whiskey Neat
One sip of Wyoming Whiskey and you’ll see how this small batch bourbon How-The-West-Was-Won-you over. Not for cowboys only, but mandatory for readers of Frontier Days.
Osprey Pale Ale
We’re here with a message that the osprey (pale ale, that is) is the solid choice for post-fishing morning moments on Carolina waterways. We’re not sure who RW is, but we have no doubt he or she would enjoy this offering from the Birdland Brewing Company.
After a Hurricane
Dark ‘N Stormy
1.5 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
2 Lime Wedges
The Dark ‘N Stormy remains entangled in a sibling-rivalry-styled competition with the Rum Swizzle for the honor of being named Bermuda’s National Cocktail. Bermuda: where pilings groan and it’s “low tide all the way to the horizon—”. Imbibe while listening to Mickey Blue’s Dark & Stormy on Soundcloud.com or on the Companion Playlist. Please note, a Dark ‘N Stormy pairing is one of the highest compliments I can pay to a poem. Same goes for After a Hurricane. #ReadDrinkAndBeMerry, Mackinac style.
JENNIFER JACKSON BERRY
The 2010 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva, to be exact (thank you, Google). Layered, complex, and full-bodied, for those whole bodies wrapped in curls in Double Date. Plus, when there’s “sugar in the old-school sauce on [your] pasta,” or in your poem, you’re going to want a glass of Chianti, wrapped in wicker or otherwise.
Kistler Vineyard Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Want to stump even the most seasoned sommelier? Ask what to pair with an Infinite Fish. For us, it’s an oaky Chardonnay, like those from California’s Kistler Vineyard, particularly their Sonoma Coast vintage. Rich, deep, contemplative. That, or simply a can of coke. It weighs as much as a human heart.
1 1/2 oz 151 proof rum
1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
1 oz triple sec
4 oz ginger ale
1 oz lime juice
Not for the timid bartender, the Blue Green is the color of the Earth’s crust and phosphorus. One sip, and you’ll be quoting Sarah Sala, quoting Miley Cyrus – No we can’t stop. No we won’t stop.
This City at the Crossroads
Southern Hops’pitality IPA
Whether you think the crossroads are in Clarksdale or Rosedale, it’s clear this legendary intersection is in the last state to repeal prohibition. This beer comes to you from Mississippi’s oldest legal brewery, Lazy Magnolia Brewing Company. It might not have “the sweet coolness of milk” but “drank through work parched lips, over a sun-cooked speedway” we believe this beverage if befitting of the “quieter moments.”
THE MACKINAC EDITORS' CHOICE
Issue #8 Companion Playlist
Making its Liquor List debut: food! In this case, the aforementioned Figgy Pudding. Not only is this a holiday staple, it’s also drenched in booze! If you like to hit the sauce hard, this cake—and accompanying hard sauce—is for you. Yes, it’s half sticky, chewy dried fruit, but the other half is filled with copious amounts of cognac, brandy, and rum. Best not baked, but steamed. So grab a lobster pot, a Bundt pan, and all the hooch in your house, and steam yourself a drunken dessert. It only takes you, like, four hours. While you’re waiting, rock out to Issue #8’s Companion Playlist, also making its Liquor List debut. This playlist, like the Figgy Pudding, is not to be missed.
*This Liquor List would not be possible without the influence of the many great alcohol connoisseurs in my life. This particular edition was written with the memory of Tom Flickinger in mind. A jazz aficionado, “his knowledge of musicians and songs encyclopedic.” Not only that, “Tom was also a passionate California wine collector, with a highly refined palate and a detailed knowledge of wineries, varietals and vintages.” Clearly, very Mackinac. We miss you, Uncle Tom. --B.M.