The Novel Infraction Has Its Own Cocktail!
Writer and book lover Lindsay Merbaum is also a bartender--who likes to create cocktails inspired by books. Here's what she says about the Infraction Cocktail she created, followed by the recipe:
"To complement the rye you chose for this drink, I did indeed opt to add in some tea. I chose Lapsang Souchong for its delightful smokey flavor, but also because it was the most popular tea used in the traditional Russian Caravan blend, so named for the caravans in which it traveled from China to Russia. I added Drambuie for its honey tones, a reference to the honey served at Christmas as a symbol of happiness and peace. Lavender syrup adds some beautiful floral notes and is also a nod to the soap Marya smells on Vera's skin the first time they touch and kiss.
In presenting this booktail, I used a classic Russian tea glass surrounded by sumptuous black velvet, lavender, and dried peony petals. The glass is garnished with a large Vosges chocolate decorated with edible gold leaf and filled with hazelnut, Reishi mushroom, (for all the mushrooms consumed in this book!) dulce de leche, and dark chocolate. The combined effect is the perfect tea for a society lady, or for lady lovers.
2 oz rye
1 oz Lapsang Souchong tea
.5 oz Drambuie
.5 oz lavender syrup (see recipe)
First, prepare the syrup. Once cool, add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice. Stir until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled glass.
1 cup water
1 cup white sugar
¼ cup dried organic lavender
Stir all ingredients together in a small pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Then simmer for 15-20 minutes uncovered. Set aside to cool, then strain into a clean glass or jar. Keep refrigerated.
- Lillian Faderman
Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound
(Terrapin Books) is available for purchase at Women and Children First Bookstore or your own favorite independent bookseller. (Also available at Amazon.)
Other Recently Published Work
- The poem "Celestial Ambition" was published by Silver Birch Press in June 2021.
- The poems "Listening to Johnny Hodges' 'Texas Blues'" and "Daily Injection Blues" were published by SweetLit in May 2021
- The poems "Lifting Barrett Brownings Hem" and "Sinfonietta" were published by Verse-Virtual in April 2021.
- The poem "This Is Not My Story" was published by Autumn Sky Poetry Daily in April 2021.
> Because of the research I did for my book Diamonds Are a Dyke's Best Friend, I was asked to provide commentary for the film A Secret Love about the long-term relationship between All-American Girl Professional League ballplayer Terry Donahue and Pat Henschel. It's an incredibly moving story and I am honored to have played a small role in the telling of it.
9/26/20 Normal Public Library, now available on YouTube.
10/2/20 Women and Children First Bookstore, now available on YouTube.
6/17/21 Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, reading with Gregg Shapiro and a discussion moderated by Carrie Barnett; now available at the GHLA website.