“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”- Frank Sinatra

While my food intake is hampering my usual alcohol consumption, I am still enjoying a good cocktail or two, instead of four or five. There is only so much room in this belly.

When in NEPA I heed Yuengling Lager, but I still crave a refreshing cocktail, particularly with gin. Not everybody likes gin. Not everyone drinks spirits in general, but I decided on a gin-based drink for my bridal shower. There were doubts. Which makes the success of the drink that much more satisfying. I love getting someone to try something they have never tried, or think they don’t like. They may have had it prepared badly, or just hold an unjustified dislike for something that has never crossed their lips. Enter The Leland Palmer.

The Leland Palmer

from Bon Appetit

Inspiration for the creation of a new cocktail comes from unexpected places. Take the Leland Palmer by Damon Boelte, bar manager at Prime Meats in Brooklyn, for example. “I was in Los Angeles visiting my girlfriend, enjoying my favorite hangover drink, the Arnold Palmer, and watching an episode of Twin Peaks, where Leland Palmer almost whacks Agent Cooper with a golf club. Sometimes things just make sense,” says Boelte. For his adult version of the popular drink that’s half lemonade and half iced tea, Boelte combines gin, jasmine tea, limoncello, lemon juice, and grapefruit juice in a pitcher. It’s summer’s essential back-porch sipper, and, Boelte adds, “It’s definitely much better than a golf club to the head.”
Makes 6

Text by Andrew Knowlton and Damon Boelte

Photograph by Nigel Cox

June 2010


  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 3 cups freshly brewed jasmine tea, cooled
  • 3/4 cup gin
  • 3/4 cup limoncello*
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup chilled club soda
  • Ice cubes
  • 6 lemon slices (for garnish)
  • *Limoncello, a lemon-flavored liqueur, can be found at many supermarkets, at Trader Joe’s markets, and at liquor stores.


  • Stir honey and 1/2 cup hot water in small bowl until honey dissolves. Cool completely.
  • Combine honey water, jasmine tea, gin, limoncello, lemon juice, and grapefruit juice in large pitcher. Add club soda and stir to blend.
  • Fill six 1-pint mason jars or 6 tall glasses with ice cubes. Divide tea mixture among jars; top each with lemon slice.
I got this next recipe from a nifty little quarterly: Pennsylvania’s Official Wine and Spirits. They are free at all state liquor stores. They always have great food and drink recipes. I thought this one would be apropos to my existence here in sweat valley.

How cute are these cinder block sugar cubes?

Women Don’t perspire, They Glisten
from Tom Pittakas, Fort Washington
serves 1
8 basil leaves
1 sugar cube
2 thin slices jalapeno
2 oz. silver tequila
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. orange liqueur
3/4 oz. agave nectar
basil, for garnish
Muddle basil, sugar, and jalapeno into a “pesto.” Combine with remaining ingredients. Shake, double strain into glass and top off with a chiffonade of basil.

from schwoit.com

the lost women

by Lucille Clifton

i need to know their names
those women i would have walked with
jauntily the way men go in groups
swinging their arms, and the ones
those sweating women whom i would have joined
after a hard game to chew the fat
what would we have called each other laughing
joking into our beer? where are my gangs,
my teams, my mislaid sisters?
all the women who could have known me,
where in the world are their names?