“If you find four Lutherans, there will be a fifth.”

That’s a joke a Baptist told me. Then again, “What do you say to a Baptist at the liquor store? Nothing and avoid eye contact, if you don’t look at each other you weren’t there.”

It was a Lutheran told me that one.

A rapper by the name of Propaganda who says, “I know that sarcasm is really to only time people tell the truth.” I agree. But, I’d a jokes to sarcasm.

I don’t know if it’s a church thing or an American thing — but, we’ve got a dysfunctional relationship with booze. A red flag of dysfunction is when we don’t talk about things openly. Our jokes and our sarcasm somehow tell the truth.

Solomon is a bit more straight forward. In fact, he sounds like a bartender.

Saying 19

Who has woe? Who has sorrow?
Who has strife? Who has complaints?
Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?
Those who linger over wine,
who go to sample bowls of mixed wine.
Do not gaze at wine when it is red,
when it sparkles in the cup,
when it goes down smoothly!
In the end it bites like a snake
and poisons like a viper.
Your eyes will see strange sights,
and your mind will imagine confusing things.
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas,
lying on top of the rigging.
“They hit me,” you will say, “but I’m not hurt!
They beat me, but I don’t feel it!
When will I wake up
so I can find another drink?”
– Proverbs 23:29-35

I love a good cocktail. There’s a list of acclaimed places you are supposed to go that I’ve checked of the list. Some were more hype, or reputation, than anything else. Honestly, I wouldn’t go back. There’s another list of places I still want to try — it’s at least twice as long as the list of places I’ve been. But these are my go to places. If I get the chance, I stop in to:

  • If you’ve got a must try place, I’d love to hear about it — please list it in the comments.
  • At each of these places, I’ve got into great conversations with men and women who are skilled in their craft. Most of them talk like Solomon. I ask for book recommendations. These top the list.
  • These are basically cookbooks for cocktails. They include history on every drink and open with a couple chapters on how to set up a home bar.
  • Gives a fairly comprehensive overview of how cocktails came to be. Punch is also worth the read, if you want to know the prehistory of cocktails.
    • Death & Co. by David Kaplan is what I’m reading right now. It gets into the customer service aspect.
  • All of this reading is leading up to a new project. My newsletter subscribers will get a chance to beta test it hopefully for the 2019 holidays.
  • When it comes to history or recipe there are as many versions as there are bartenders and books. But, on thread consistently shows up — cutting people off and counseling. The people in “the industry” are dealing with the same thing Solomon dealt with.
  • Maybe it’s time we stop joking and have some real conversations.
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