Saison d’espoir

Shake in a Boston mixer:
0.5 oz. Canadian rye whiskey
1.0 oz. Elderflower liqueur (such as St-Germain)
1.5 oz. Apple vermouth (such as Rouge Gorge)
Dash wormwood bitters
[ice cubes]

Martini glass

1-3 litchi fruits


Falling Petals

Shake in a Boston mixer:
1.5 oz. honey gin (such as Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin)
1.5 oz. orange blossom mead (such as 1634 Meadery Orange Elation)
1.0 oz. spiced pear liqueur (such as St. George’s)
Dash orange bitters (such as Regan’s #6)

[ice cubes]
Martini goblet

Twist of orange

Honey Zinger

Shake in a Boston mixer:
1.0 oz. Ginger liqueur (such as Domaine de Canton)
1.0 oz. Pear liqueur (such as Belle be Brillet)
1.0 oz. Honey gin (such as Barr Hill)
Dash pimento bitters (such as Dale DeGroff’s)
[ice cubes]

Pour: Martini glass

Garnish: Twist of lime


We want what’s wanted sharply here and now,
Without regard to if or so or how.
While what’s unwanted lies
Beyond all blunt surmise,
Awaiting fate, heart in fist on brow.

First drafted: 12 August 2016


We travel together, companions
On separate pilgrimages, praying
To separate gods, alone
In our closeness, smiling
Without sharing the funny, certain
Of timely arrival, indifferent
To prophets, adventures, and miracles, blind
And busy as insects underground.