Sunday, June 21, 2009

Summer Is Coming - New Cocktail "Moon Over Key West"

Summer begins today! 

The usual spoiler alert applies--all those who do not partake or have "issues" with alcohol are warned not to read further. It's the devil's work!

In order of ingredients, here is the recipe for a terrific cocktail for those hot days when you've just walked in from the garden, or from that quick set on the tennis-court.

The Moon Over Key West

1 1/2 Parts Gin
1 1/2 Parts Key Lime Liqueur
1/2 Part Mandarin Liqueur
Juice of 1/4  lime
Juice of 1/4 lemon

Shaken hard and served up.  

Beautiful pale green color, it's better than a lazy hammock under a yum-yum tree. Transport to Summer (courtesy of Wallace Stevens).



Conrad DiDiodato said...


how about a "Scotch and fizzwater" in Philip Marlowe's apartment, after the rich client's naughty daughter suddenly shows up, scantily clad, wondering how papa's case is coming along?

You can have your Wallace Stevens: give me Chandler (and a cool summer drink) in Las Olindas, anytime:))

Curtis Faville said...

Noir was never the height of sophistication. The typical private eye might have tasted the high life, but he rejected it--he always saw its seamier side, and considered it morally corrupt.

Who knows what Sam Spade or Marlowe would have done with their free time?

Stevens was a typical Nor'Easter. He vacationed in Florida and basked in its tropical metaphors.

I love Chandler. Who wouldn't?

Conrad DiDiodato said...


he did "reject it", unaffectedly. Do you recall Marlowe's "tearing savagely to pieces" the bed (his own!) in which he finds the client's daughter lying nude ("The Big Sleep"). And why? Because she swore at him in his own room and caused him to tip over a chess piece.

And that's why I'd share a drink with Marlowe, noir and fictional as he was, rather than with the living breathing embodiment of "Long and Sluggish Lines".