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delirium
post Feb 20 2015, 08:14 AM
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Sorry forr off-topic but…

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post Feb 20 2015, 07:27 PM
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Is that Jack?

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post Feb 20 2015, 07:47 PM
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QUOTE(delirium @ Feb 19 2015, 01:43 AM) *

I remember they drank pastis in And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks (early Kerouac & Burroughs collaboration). Maybe they would have drunk absinthe if it would have been legal, it was notorious enough. Weren't they big fans of Rimbaud?


They (the Beats) were fans of Rimbaud, and that may be why they were drinking pastis. Pastis was probably regarded as a fringe enough drink in the 50's.

The Beats may well have encountered absinthe while abroad. But I don't know of anything written.


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post Feb 23 2015, 11:46 AM
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QUOTE("Artemis")
Is that Jack?


Allen.


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post Feb 23 2015, 09:34 PM
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QUOTE(delirium @ Feb 19 2015, 01:43 AM) *


Maybe they would have drunk absinthe if it would have been legal, it was notorious enough.


I really doubt they would have worried about absinthe's legality, especially when one considers their acknowledged attraction to, say, benzedrine. I'm guessing it was more a case of their unfamiliarity with absinthe.


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post Feb 23 2015, 10:49 PM
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I don't think he meant that they would shy away from something because it was illegal; just that it was not available because it was not legal. Neal Cassady stole most of the cars that he drove in On the Road ....


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post Feb 23 2015, 11:40 PM
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I tookl classes taught by a couple of professors who were well acquainted with Neal, and they would have absolutely agreed with you. abs-cheers.gif


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post Feb 26 2015, 11:42 PM
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So today I was unclutterizing a cupboard and found a bottle of brandy.
Sugar, Bitter Truth, and Blues Cat were already in the vicinity.
So I mixed up a Sazerac. Very small amount of absinthe, which was of course, NOT sinked.
It had the right color, and smelled very nice. After the addition of cold water to make it less flammatory in the gullet, it tasted like it smelled.
But here's the thing - it didn't smell nor taste any better than fine absinthe does. The bitters added a certain bookay, but you could just put a drop or three of those in the absinthe if that's your thing.
In short, if absinthe doesn't deliver to your mouth, everything that a Sazerac could, you don't have the right absinthe.


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post Feb 27 2015, 03:35 AM
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Every time I make one I end up putting a couple small ice cubes in it. Then, usually end up adding more ice and ginger ale as well. I've really tried to enjoy it as prescribed, but, it usually just seems too overwhelming.


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post Feb 27 2015, 07:21 AM
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Stir it longer.
The ice is in there for a reason.

And get rid of the GA.


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post Feb 27 2015, 11:41 AM
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I stirred it up good, but I didn't have any ice. I don't drink anything with ice, don't even keep it in the house.
Ginger ale, yeah, that would change it completely.


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post Feb 27 2015, 06:55 PM
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I meant it to be stirred with ice then strained off the ice for consumption. The water helps to blend the flavors.


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post Feb 27 2015, 07:04 PM
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I get it. That would work, but very cold water works just as well, and faster. It's too "hot" without one or the other, at least for me.


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