THE MACKINAC LIQUOR LIST
Magic Hat #9
Ah, Magic Hat - the standard to which all micro brews aspire. And #9, nine, that elusive, eerie, mystical number—thanks to John Lennon and Euclid’s Theorem—is Magic Hat at its best. Like this spring issue, #9’s “mysterious and unusual palate will swirl across your tongue & ask more than it answers.” Have a Magic Hat #9 while listening to Magic Sam’s That’s All I Need, or you know, the more obvious choice: Revolution 9. Both are featured on the Issue #9 Companion Playlist on Spotify.
An Interview with Robin Richardson
Sobriety Looks Sexy on You
1 cast iron pot of boiling water
2 tablespoons of anise tea in strainer or bag
1 teaspoon of honey
1 clove leaf
Some might just call this tea, but they’d be missing the meticulous, detailed, playful approach Robin Richardson takes in conducting this interview. You’ll want to read it to learn the best way to spell “koller” and why the second grade can suck it (not to mention her killer suggestion to include The Ink Spots in the Companion Playlist). Robin’s right: sobriety looks sexy on you. So does reading this interview.
2 oz. El Dorado Rum
.8 oz. Red Grapefruit Juice
.8 oz. Pineapple Cordial
.8 oz. Innis & Gunn – Rum Cask Finish Oak Aged Beer
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Mourning shoes or funeral pants - your choice. Redefine what it means to wear our hearts on our sleeves. Because this won’t be a Finnegan’s Wake scenario, let’s gussy up the booze with bitters, exchange the caskets for casks, and since tattooed sailors are used in a metaphor, a healthy does of rum and pineapple cordial.
AND NO, WE DON'T GO EASY
The Blue Carnation
½ oz. White Crème de Cacao
½ oz. Blue Curacao
2 oz. Cream
Do you get blue? Fight fire with fire, that desert dress with a dessert drink. And in this case, it’s The Blue Carnation—a haunting ghostly color due to the cream, and probably appropriate given the gravity of the poem’s topic. For the sake of one more drink, and the cerulean undertones, knock it back and report for duty.
Pink champagne with the pony club
Bud Light Lime
Just kidding. The drink pairing is pink champagne, of course! Specifically, Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte—the aromas of blueberry, black currant and raspberry will enhance images of daisy chains and the realization “the bible is a prose poem for the moon.” The first step is always opening the bottle without incident: hold the cork and twist the bottle. Cheers!
Prayer to Francis Wilhelm
1 oz. Gin
½ oz. Campari
½ oz. Amaretto
½ oz. Dry Vermouth
Lemon twist for garnish
If you’re trying to locate yourself, let’s start at the beginning. Besides being apropos for a poem opening with Marco Polo, one of the more famous Venetians, this somewhat complicated cocktail harkens back to a time when couples crafted cocktails at five o’clock sharp. It harkens back to grandparents, to say nothing of great grandparents. Plus, it looks fancy—like a poem with a little bit of German slapdash in the middle.
Like Canada in the sixties, seventies, and eighties, like train travel, like poetry as an art form, Molson is classic. Timeless. Maybe not the fanciest. Maybe not everyone’s go-to with so many craft options at our fingertips these days.. But damn it, it’s enduring. It’s relaxing. Like Train Ride.
It might be spelled wrong, but Karl’s Oktoberfest from Rio Bravo Brewing Company brings the best New Mexico's soil has to offer. It’s what you’d expect with longhouses springing up like brewpubs. By all accounts, Karl’s Oktoberfest is “an exceptionally drinkable beer.” Perfect to pair with an exceptionally readable poem. We think Carl would be proud.
Cycling through South Jersey
Triumph Brewing Company’s Bengal Gold IPA
Once upon a time in New Jersey, it was illegal to serve beer on the same premise where it was brewed. Then, an intrepid entrepreneur petitioned the legislator, changed the law, and ever since, cold brews have flowed from the taps at Triumph Brewing Company’s Princeton location, granting this establishment the elite title of the first brewpub in the state. And since the beginning, there was Bengal Gold. Hoppy. Hardy. Tigery, even. All of this took place in the shadow of Nassau Hall, which briefly housed the entirety of the United States government. My points are threefold. First, civic engagement is important, if for no other reason than the beer. Secondly, New Jersey is awesome (haters gonna hate). Finally, and most of all, “Cycling through South Jersey” tells an epic, emotional journey, befitting a beer such as an IPA, whose high alcohol content historically acted as a preservative during long sea voyages to India.
Jack and Coke
1 part Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7
3 parts Coke
What could be more America than Coca-Cola and Jack Daniel’s, the United States’ favorite whiskey? Probably just baseball and freedom. And jazz. In the meantime, here’s a link to a badass quote from the very British Charles Kingsley in The Water Babies. We think Marvin Shackelford would approve.
Mendocino Brewing Company’s Eye of the Hawk
It’s two o’clock in the poem, but it’s five o’clock somewhere, so grab an Eye of the Hawk from Mendocino Brewing Company. This strong ale is rich-bodied with a slightly dry finish, not dissimilar to the sting of unemployment.
Henry of Pelham Family Tree
With options in both red and white, Henry of Pelham’s Family Tree Wines can assist with whatever your family has to throw at you. Another pro tip from Tristan Silverman’s Body Inheritance: straight-jackets. Helpful for family situations, inside and outside of poems.
2011 Bourgogne Rouge, Camille Giroud
Performance anxiety? This Burgundy is said to be a powerful aphrodisiac, so dig in and don't be afraid of your own throat.