Tommy, another regular, recounted an oft-told Blarney Cove legend. One evening, he said, a regular was sitting alone at the end of the bar, minding his business, enjoying his $1.50 mugs of beer with all the usual contentment of an old drinker on a young night. Suddenly, but without fuss, the man set down his mug, shut his eyes, slumped forward, and died right there in his chair. “They put him in the freezer,” Tommy said. And the next day his body was gone.
When Tommy finished the story, Derrick, the priest, turned to the bartender, as if to take stock of things. “Every real milestone, I’ve come in here to deal with it,” he said. “I’m happy this place is closing.”
She smiled. “Thank you.”
It occurred to me that nobody in a lifeboat is happy to be lost at sea.
Tools of the trade.
Planter’s Punch for Two at ZZ’s Clam Bar in New York (from The Red Sauce Juggernaut - NYTimes.com)
First appearing in The Gentleman’s Companion, or Around the World with Jigger, Beaker and Flask (1939) by Charles Baker, The Alamagoozlum Cocktail is the next exploration of the vintage spirits. Reportedly created by the one and only J.P. Morgan, this is an unusual drink in that it calls for an extraordinary amount of ingredients, as well as an unusually large dose of bitters.
At different temperatures we perceive tastes differently. For example, melted ice cream tastes sweeter than frozen ice cream. Thus, “If you want to use less sugar in cocktails, serve them slightly warmer,” said Tristan Stephenson of London bar Worship Street Whistling Shop.
See also: this recent post on room temperature cocktails.