The cocktail name contest was a mistake. There are about fifty REALLY strong contenders. You guys should all get jobs naming stuff. Like race horses and nail polish colors and boats and more drinks. Seriously, beloveds, you are GOLDEN. You guys even helped me name BACKSEAT SAINTS, remember? WHO SAID “Saints in the Backseat?” It is making me crazy to not remember, and I can’t find it in the archives. I should have put you in the dern acknowledgements, how churlish.
I wish I had fifty more babies, so you could name THEM. PEEP the comments or my facebook-n-twitterfeed if you want to see em all.
I couldn’t pick, and so last Saturday, I left for the beach and lived internet free for a week, magically not getting Sun Poisoning via hardly ever going out INTO the sun. I am SO Irish that I rash up usually on day two, but I made the Beach Umbrella and the Patio my best friends, and came home an even whiter shade of pale than when I left, but also unitchy.
While I was away, I meditated on the cocktail name, and here we understand the word “meditated” to mean “drank a lot of them.”
I FINALLY got it narrowed to three names, and I have to mention the runners up here, because picking between these three was practically a coin toss. From DebR, the Aubergini. From @BrigetteSeppa, the Foamy Tart. But the final winning wordplay came from Rams S. The drink is officially named Tad Backslid.
I am currently watching season 2 of Mad Men, and I want to borrow Christina Hendrick’s WHOLE wardrobe and then go someplace swanky and say, “I’ll have a Tad Backslid.” It just sounds so inhumanly POSH.
CONGRATS, Rams S, you win the first copy of A GOOD HARD LOOK, and here’s how to make one.
Shot of Redemption Rye
Shot of Port (I used a Faux-Port made with Shiraz grapes in California)
Shot of Egg Whites (I use pasteurized ones!)
tsp Simple Syrup
Tsp Lemon Juice
Shake over ice, serve up with Cherry
For the next two copies, I resorted to my un-dear, much loathed, unfair, hateful and beweaselled* friend: THE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR.
Winners are Kerry and Heather of Based on a True Story.
I am emailing you guys to get a snail addy, and then your AWESOME books will be on the way. If you did not win, ALAS! ALAS!
I HATE the random number generator on your WRONGED BEHALF. Also, your cocktail name was seriously best. Rams S is probably my MOM. I suggest you curse my name, spit at the RNG, comfort yourself with a frosty Tad Backslid and then go buy A GOOD HARD LOOK . Seriously great book.
*Beweaselled is so totally a word. No, really. It is. It means “so coated in cruel perfidy and sly awfulness that it is as if the noun is modified by being spiritually DRAPED in several dozen slavering and crafty weasels.”