August 19, 2010

Follow the Fleet

All kinds of recent business, including this hefty bit of concision:

Reviewing the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music.
Boston Globe, August 19, 2010.

A couple of other reviews:

Reviewing the Monadnock Music Festival.
Boston Globe, August 10, 2010.

Reviewing Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
Boston Globe, August 12, 2010.

Oh, and this bit of goofiness over at The Faster Times.

And, since I'm trying to finish a book, and writers always drink to excess, I've been dipping back into the greatest cocktail book of all time, that being the second volume of Charles H. Baker, Jr.'s The Gentleman's Companion. On page 110, Baker trots out something called "Admiral Schley Punch," named for Winfield Scott Schley, troublemaking hero/loose cannon of the Spanish-American War. Take it away, Mr. Baker:

This is supposed to have been named after the American admiral, and we shouldn't mind such a pleasant piece of business being named after us.

St. Croix or Barbados rum, ½ jigger
Bourbon, ½ jigger
Sugar, 1 tsp
Lime, peel and juice, 1

Shake with fine ice, and turn into goblet—ice and all. Garnish with sprigs of mint, a stick of ripe pineapple, and so on.
Holy mother of pearl, this might just be the best summer drink ever concocted. We salute you, Admiral Schley!