“If you really want to communicate something, even if it’s just an emotion or an attitude, let alone an idea, the least effective and least enjoyable way is directly. It only goes in about half an inch. But if you can get people to the point where they have to think a moment what it is you’re getting at, and then discover it … the thrill of discovery goes right through the heart.”—Stanley Kubrick
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit.”—
Buzz Andersen (buzz on Elixr) graciously chatted with me (Marc) about his love of cocktails. I know a lot more about consuming cocktails than making them, and I suspect some other Elixr members are in the same boat. So, I asked Buzz to take us through how to make a simple cocktail that uses basic ingredients and tools we may already own. He chose the Negroni.
Orange peel as garnish
Bar spoon or stirrer of some sort
Drinking glass (a cocktail glass to serve up, or an old-fashioned glass to serve on the rocks)
Knife or peeler
Pour 1 oz. each of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth into the mixing glass.
Add ice to the mixing glass.
Gently stir the contents of the mixing glass for 20 seconds.
Pour the contents of the mixing glass through the strainer into the drinking glass. If serving in an old-fashioned glass, add fresh ice to the old-fashioned glass before straining.
Garnish the drink with a slice of orange peel made using a knife or peeler.
Buzz also notes that if you get into making the Negroni often, a pinch of salt to the mixing glass can soften the edge of the Campari and thus improve the drink.
Apologies that my part of the audio has a ring to it. I need to invest in a good microphone. But, Buzz sounds great and I learned a lot, including the difference between a shaker and jigger!
The Negroni photos were kindly taken by Buzz.
This just gave me a strong desire to start an Elixr podcast.