Drink Like a Peer

by wjw on November 21, 2021

Blue Gredel (01)

Last night we had some friends over for dinner, and I made the black roux gumbo of Chef Francoise Auclaire le Vison, along with a heart-of-palm salad dressed with remoulade sauce. The meal was made more delightful with the appearance of some custom cocktails created by our friend Terry Boren, who has spent the pandemic becoming quite the expert mixologist. More flattering was her naming these creations after characters in my Praxis books, the Blue Gredel and the Lady Sula. (There is already a classic cocktail called the Martinez.)

For the Blue Gredel, start with 2 oz of gin, either Empress or any gin colored with B’lure Flower Extract. In a separate glass, muddle some basil leaf, then add 3/4 oz of limoncello mixed with lemon juice, after which add 2 dashes orange bitters.

Add the limoncello mixture to the gin, and watch Gredel transform into . . . someone else! Someone born to the purple!

Blue Gredel (2)

You get extra points, if (as befits the character) you add the limoncello mixture with a baby hypodermic.

Here’s Terry with a true masterpiece, the Lady Sula.

Rim a coupe with Luxardo cherry juice. To an ice-filled shaker, add 2 oz rye whiskey, then add 1/2 oz each Averna, cold press coffee, and dry sherry, then add 1-2 drops black walnut bitters. Stir, then strain into the coupe and add a Luxardo cherry. Cheers!

The black walnut bitters really make that drink, honestly!

I totally encourage people to name cocktails after my fictional characters. Who’s next?

mearsk November 23, 2021 at 11:21 am

I think there should be one called “The Flaming Praxis.” Definitely have to be a layered drink, representing the various races in the book, set on fire before being served.

Shash November 23, 2021 at 12:47 pm

Oooh, to come up with something witty and misleading and call it the Drake Majstral. Goal.

John F. MacMichael November 23, 2021 at 4:44 pm

I would like to see what she could do with a cocktail named “The Quillifer”.

pecooper November 24, 2021 at 9:53 am

Quillifer being Quillifer, his cocktail should be something common, like Boones Farm, with a fancy garnish of candied fruit on a stick, topped with an umbrella.

John F. MacMichael November 24, 2021 at 7:11 pm

I don’t think of Quillifer as common but rather bold, witty and inventive. I also think any cocktail named for him should be powerful enough to useful in a seduction. Or using gunpowder for a pyrotechnic effect (“Quillifer’s Dragon” perhaps?).

wjw November 26, 2021 at 12:44 am

My first thought was that a Quillifer cocktail might include some kind of chemistry-induced exothermic reaction, such that the drink boils up out of its glass and expands over the surrounding terrain.

John F. MacMichael November 26, 2021 at 4:35 pm

Or you could do a series of Quilllifer cocktails: with increasing potency you would have the “Quillifer”, the “Sir Quillifer” and the “Lord Quillifer”.

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