Friday, May 20, 2011

A Drink for the End of Time

Surely we need something for this momentous occasion. I’m referring of course to the prediction by Harold Camping that the world will end on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Well, not the world ending exactly, but the Rapture to occur, when all the faithful are taken up to heaven, and the rest of everyone left on earth, which goes quickly to hell on a handbasket.
There are other ideas on the end of time. Maybe the world will end in some quieter fashion, such as T. S. Eliot suggested in the poem “The Hollow Men.”
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
No whimpering tonight, however, on the eve of the end of the world.
Charles Baudelaire, the French poet, posited a different plan for dealing with the fast passing of time.
Be drunken, always. That is the point: nothing else matters. If you would not feel the horrible burden of Time weigh you down and crush you to the earth, be drunken continually.
Drunken with what? With wine, with poetry or with virtue, as you please. But be drunken.
So, it’s the last night till the rapture and I feel like a great cocktail is in order. This drink incorporates many of my favorite things such as flowers, rosemary and fruit. It’s sophisticated yet fun. So I raise my glass to you and say, “Cheers, it’s been a great life.” Time for.........The Last Drink

The Last Drink
1 ½ oz. gin
1 oz. St. Germain (Elderflower Liquor)
½ oz. dry vermouth
1 oz. mango nectar
1 ½ oz. soda water
½ oz. rosemary simple syrup
dash fresh lemon juice
Garnish (optional)
Lemon slice
Rosemary sprig
Partly fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in the gin, St. Germaine, dry vermouth, mango nectar, soda water, rosemary simple syrup, dash lemon juice and stir.  Serve with a lemon slice and sprig of rosemary (optional).
Rosemary simple syrup.
½ cup water
¾ cup sugar or honey
1 sprig of rosemary
Bring water in pot to boil and add in the rosemary sprig. Turn off heat and let sit for five minutes. Remove sprig and stir in sugar or honey till fully incorporated. Let cool. There will be extra for more drinks : )  So, enjoy your Last Drink!!!!

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