Sometimes You Just Need a Drink. Here Are 12.

First off, if you're one of the many people trying to support black-owned businesses in a much more proactive and thoughtful way than before, here's an awesome resource. Five Fifths is a new and pretty comprehensive list of black-owned restaurants and online businesses on the internet. (They also curate black business news and interviews with black entrepreneurs.) Its co-founder, Kyle, shared it with me the other day, and I wanted to pass it along to you here.

As for today's newsletter, where are my manners? The world has been upside down for about 4 months now, and I've yet to offer you a stiff drink. Well, here's hoping that the 12 dead simple, pretty boozy cocktail recipes below will help make up for lost time.

You can consider them anytime drinks (in terms of time of year and, I guess, time of day...no judgment from me), but many of them skew summer-y, which is why I wanted to share them before it's too late. (Plus, tomorrow is July 4th, a decent day to indulge.) Mixing a good drink requires a bit of care, but anyone can do it. Most real cocktails contain little more than fresh citrus and a few other accompaniments like bitters or simple syrup (boil equal parts water and sugar, just until the sugar melts; store in the fridge, forever).

And booze, of course, enough so that you can actually taste it (unless that's not your thing). The drinks here call for about a quarter cup of alcohol, which is a fairly stiff pour (roughly a third more than the average "jigger"). That seems entirely appropriate given the additional stress that many of us are under, but, as always, feel free to use the recipes as guidelines and customize as you like.

Below the drinks are a few recipes for what I would consider to be good drinking food (i.e. something cheesy, or salty, or spicy, or crunchy that you'll be tempted to inhale after you've had one or two). And please don't worry about what cocktails you pair with what snacks; if it makes you happy, it's 100% right, and now certainly isn't the time for being finicky.

Cheers!

—Mark


COCKTAILS, 12 WAYS


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