Dance Around the Maypole

Happy May Day to all the socialists and Wiccans out there. Today is the day of my first post, and I'll have to lobby Wikkipedia to add my blog to it's May Day page. This will allow non-socialists and non-Wiccans the ability to celebrate May Day as well.

So, my initial 'Cocktail of the Day' selection begins on International Workers Day and on a pagan holiday. I'm not sure if there is an over-arching meaning to this, but my cocktail selection will most certainly have to reflect the spirit of the day.

I am not aware of any pagan cocktails (though a quick Web search revealed some bizarre ones, such as the Witches Brew on, which doesn't read well).

Ahem, on to the socialist inspired cocktails then, of which there are a few. We could select any of the classic Cuban drinks, as I'm sure Fidel Castro would encourage. 'La Floridita', 'El Presidente', a 'Mojito' or two, a 'Cuba Libre', the 'Papa Dobles', heck, any Daiquiri would do today as well. In fact, I strongly recommend drinking your way through the entire Cuban cannon. My initial feeling, though, is that today is not the best day to honor those glorious Cuban barmen who kept Hemingway and countless other thirsty expats satiated during the dark days of Prohibition. Plenty of other days on the calender to raise our collective glasses in their memory.

So today's 'Cocktail of the Day' and this blog's initial selection goes to 'The Communist'. This recipe is from my favorite cocktail author Dr Cocktail aka Ted Haigh, from his book 'Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails'. If you don't own this book, get it; Dr Cocktail deserves to be wealthy.

1 oz gin
1 oz orange juice
1/2 oz cherry brandy
3/4 oz lemon juice

A gin and juice cocktail. Snoop Dogg would be proud. Power to the peoples.


Anonymous said...

Power to the bloggers! Love it Keith! Keep them coming (especially the drink recipes...yum!)

Anita (Married... with dinner) said...

Hmmm... maybe it's not wiccan, per se, but this site has plenty of cocktails that keep one eye on the heavens and earth:

Tammie Lee said...

Keith, thanks a million for taking the time out of your day to speak with me about your writing experience and for some great advice!
Tammie Lee