Musings

Book and Beer/Gimlet #6

Book: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, a book that has been on my list since in came out in 2015. I need some new ways and words to explain to incredulous white people that racism does exist.

Gimlet: A classic cocktail that is known, but not popular, at least in my town, gimlets have been on my mind. Traditionally, the drink is equal parts gin and Rose’s lime juice. At a fancy, modern cocktail bar you’ll get gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Either way, shake vigorously for 30 seconds and strain into a cocktail glass. A friend of mine counts gimlets as the family drink.  This is bourbon country, and her her praise of the gimlet let me to Japp’s, a swank cocktail bar who I trusted to make a faithful rendition. I liked it just fine.

Also, last year I read Raymond Chandler’s detective novel The Long Goodbye, where his detective Philip Marlowe is told that:  “A real gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s Lime Juice and nothing else. It beats martinis hollow.” Marlowe does enjoy the drink which is both sweet and sharp at the same time. Hey, just like the book.

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