Remember, Remember the Fifth of December…

Remember, remember the fifth of December when folks liked their booze a whole lot. No banning of sin keeps folks from their gin; that Volstead somehow forgot.* To celebrate the repeal of the Volstead Act, aka Prohibition, on this day in 1933, this one’s on me, friends: The Seelbach 1 oz Bourbon 1/2 oz Cointreau 7 dashes Angostura Bitters 7 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters Champagne Stir ingredients over ice, pour into chilled Champagne flute. Top with Champagne and garnish with lemon twist. The Seelbach is named for the Louisville, Kentucky hotel where it was invented in 1917. Folks sort of forgot about it after Prohibition, though it’s regained popularity with modern drinkers. Cheers!   *an original bit of doggerel. I couldn’t help myself.   … Continue reading

Winter-ish Updatery

I guess winter is here, right? The Christmas lights are up, the leaves are falling from the trees, and the 90mph Santa Anas are setting the hills on fire… You may have noticed my banner has changed (the first wave of some website changes to come). A new Ink Gorilla lurks in the banner, regarding visitors with a chary eye. The new banner is courtesy my amazing friend¬†Galen Dara, who captured ole IG perfectly. Galen, he’s amazing. Thank you. Galen also drew another ape from a story of mine for her 30 Characters challenge, which I love. There are some other wonderful characters in her feed, so go check them out. I’m still going full ahead on the novel, though some days it’s more like 1/4 impulse and the next day Warp 5. I’ve (mostly) grown used to the fact that this is the way that novels are made, or … Continue reading

Today is World Cocktail Day

Today marks the finale of World Cocktail Week, sponsored by the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans. (yes, there is such a magical place and one day I hope to visit). The week-long celebration was established to promote appreciation for the cocktail’s historical culinary significance. Venues all over the country have planned special events for tonight, so check around and see what libations may be had in your neck of the woods! If you choose to stay in and mix your own, might I suggest looking here or here for some ideas? Also, I’m this week’s guest on the Parsec-nominated Functional Nerds podcast (as the resident “Booze Nerd”) so if you haven’t listened yet, today is a great day to check it out! Have a great weekend, everyone. Cheers!     … Continue reading

Happy Friday: Updates

Just a few updates from the Ink Gorilla before the weekend: Nerds! It’s been a hectic couple of weeks with fiction writing and the day job, so the blog hasn’t gotten as much love as I like to give it. But I’ve got a new Booze Nerd post up over at The Functional Nerds, though — all about one of the most classic of cocktails: the Martini. Patrick Hester has also made available for a limited-time only, the awesomely official “Booze Nerd” T-shirt. Get yours before they’re gone! Speaking of the Functional Nerds, the team has really grown over the last few weeks. In addition to the great podcast John and Patrick do, we’ve also got a Comics Nerd, a Review Nerd, a Fitness Nerd, a Music Nerd, a Food Nerd, and a lot more Nerds on the way. Kind of a one-stop shop, really, for all your geek-out needs. … Continue reading

(Dr)Ink Gorilla goes on the road: The Booze Nerd

I’ve blogged about cocktails again! Patrick Hester and John Anealio, the internet’s original Functional Nerds, invited me to chat about cocktails over on their blog. You can find my first post over there now — all about the Corpse Reviver #2! I’ll be posting on the Functional Nerds once a month, with an emphasis on classic cocktails and starting your own home bar. You can still find my inebriated maunderings here as well, though I’ll be focusing on more complex drinks and advanced mixology. Thanks again to Patrick and John! Cheers! … Continue reading