“Cocktails Are Liquid Forgiveness”

by Little Miss Attila on July 29, 2010

Bartender/writer Andrew Bohrer discusses Tom Waits’ song “Down There by the Train”: “it is fairly obvious that this is a song about death . . . In a less dramatic way, for me it is just a song about being done, and being tired, [of] needing relief and forgiveness. Cocktails are liquid forgiveness.”

Bohrer’s post enumerates the drinks based on songs from Tom Waits’s oeuvre, providing recipes and in most cases pictures. It’s an extensive collection, as one might imagine.

Which leads me to wonder (around closing time, natch) just how many drinks have been spawned by the work of Leonard Cohen. Certainly, there is the King Cohen, and the drink Leonard himself invented, the Red Needle.

I’m working on a drink based on Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, but it’s slow-going so far. I do know that it’ll be served on the rocks.

(X-posted at Attila Girl; hat tip to A. J. Rathbun at Al Dente.)

UPDATE: Related.

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