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Saturday
Mar022013

Liquid Motivations

Why do we drink?

 

1. To take the edge off:

Life is not as nasty, brutish, and short as some would have us believe. But everyone has a time when coming into a welcoming space and ordering something that slows life down a bit and makes it a little more comfortable is just what the doctor ordered.

 

2. To put the edge on:

The joys and laughs shared over cocktails are spontaneous, fleeting, and deeply felt. There is a heightening to the senses that, paradoxically enough, comes with drinking. Our hearts open up to forgive past wrongs and bridge chasms that have grown between us.

Flipside: Social interactions can also be fraught with peril. Take an edge and cut through inhibitions and enjoy each other a bit over a drink or two.

Some view drink as a suit of armor, but I like to think of it as the opposite. We expose ourselves when we drink. We might not remember it, but in that moment we can be more truly who we are...so don't be a dick.

 

3. Because it tastes good:

Here is my favorite - When a well-balanced cocktail passes my lips and makes its way to become a part of me, I am fully aware of just how delicious it is, and how it has the power to both increase and decrease my senses. What a privilege it is to raise a glass to my lips and taste how the ingredients' whole comes together to become greater than the sum of its parts. 

 

4. It brings us together:

Think of any ad for alcohol you have seen on. TV.  Aren't they all about coming together and creating good cheer? Go into any bar and with few exceptions everyone is there to take comfort in the presence of others. It is proven that people with community are happier. If we acknowledge that and treasure that maybe we can be a little nicer to each other in general. We need each other.

 

The two drinks listed below were commissioned for a couple about to be married.  When the wedding party came to the bar to collaborate with me on their cocktails, they acheived a perfect storm by having a combination of 1-4 above. Those are the times that make my job a pleasure. I am now sharing the cocktails with you. Find a friend and make them together.

 

You can taste my cocktails with a group of  wonderful people in a great space at Two Sisters Bar & Books where I'll be teaching a class on White Whiskey March 27th & April 25th.

 

-Michael Cecconi

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