"I'll have a martini"
A short statement that is the start of a long conversation.
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If one is on a yacht a simple lager beer just won't do. Elevated transportation requires elevated cocktails. And being that the #DiscoVolante of #Thunderball fame is the finest yacht in the Caribbean one must expect the finest cocktail. But twist- how can Emilio Largo's #CrèmedeMenthe #Frappe be made in a fashion worthy of such a vessel?
Technique and brand are key.
A bottle of creme de menthe has several key indicators of quality that will guide you to the correct decision. The first of which is quite easily price, a bottle should cost the same as a base spirit, that is to say, a gin or a whisky- you'll be using it as a base spirit. The second is proof, generally speaking, higher proof indicative of less sugar which is turn offers a more honest spirit, unable to hide flaws. Finally but most crucial is the aroma, quality liqueurs has aroma whereas swill is drowned in a sugary mess from which no scent can escape.
The second and final ingredient in the frappe is crushed ice. The best way to achieve finely crushed, dry ice is to have one of your henchmen fill a canvass bag with ice and beat it with a mallet. This bag is called a lewis bag but when scaled up in size a bit, is sometimes called an "interrogation sack." The fact is, if you find yourself of a yacht, you have likely left a trail of corpses in your literal wake. It is essential to enjoy a respite from your dirty work.
Take heed agent, #gentian #schnapps will certainly have your palate at sixes and sevens. Looking at the label, you might think that you're in for an #alpine floral treat, this is not so. You may recall the #bitter #gentianliqueurs of France, but perhaps after too many coupes of Tattinger, you don't recall them at all. To refresh, rather than the flowers on the bottle or the subdued bitterness of #Suze, #Avèze or #Salers, this schnapps is dirt, distilled. Each sip has the flavor of a long day of getting slide tackled, a tuff of the pitch in your mouth after each fall.
Like many schnapps, this isn't a #geist, or as the French say, eau di vie, rather it's a neutral spirit distilled with the ancient monsterous root of one of the 400 types of gentian plants. These roots are dried before distillation, yet from the ground, they appear as alien to us as the antagonist of an H G Wells novel. A shame he was never knighted. These roots will be distilled well above 40% alcohol by volume. The result is the full expression of #gentiopicrin- one of the most bitter chemicals known. Some use it as medicine, but I find it helps with trapped wind.
For your purposes, this is the beverage of an outdoorsman, and mountaineer. Perhaps you have tried it before with your distant relations, who ware they, the #Oberhausers? It is also an excellent accompaniment to the sweeter German style lagers in a "molle mit korn," or as the yanks say- a #boilermaker. Should you find yourself with too much time to kill on a stake out, this will serve as a hearty, grounding, companion.
Agent, at times you will be called upon to blend in #Italy. At which point, a proper start to a meal is to order the most continental of all cocktails, the #Negroni. Sipping a Negroni #cocktail, and appearing to enjoy it, will make you indeed seem, continental, but this will only be but one part of your cover while working in Italy. American agents, unaccustomed to the Negroni’s #bitterness, what with their Squirrel Nut Zippers, Goo Goo Clusters and other confounded confections, will frown at the bitterness. You mustn’t do this. When lucky, you will receive a thin orange zest, but do not eschew the orange wedge that will sometime appear as a garnish, eat it and stay strong with it’s precious Vitamin C. Nutrition is important, you’ll recall how it helped us beat the Jerry’s back in the war. But otherwise, take great head with the details of the Negroni agent, for this potable is equal parts #delicate, #bitter & #dangerous.
"I'll have and Americano Highball, please"
Say it with confidence, color it with pride and speak the sentence as if asking for a basket of bread at a restaurant- surely it will not be a problem.
But it will be a problem.
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