4 Poetry-Inspired Cocktails

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You’ve probably been reading poems out loud to friends and loved ones (and potential loved ones) all this month, in celebration of National Poetry Month, and have worked up a powerful thirst. To quench the thirst and continue the poetry, here are four poetic cocktails, each matched up with a few lines from a poet in Seattle Magazine writer A.J. Rathbun‘s 2010 collection. A.J. writes:


1. Poet: Ed Skoog. Poem: “The Last Saturn Bar.” Cocktail: The Last Word.
Former Hugo House writer-in-residence Skoog still seems an intricate part of Seattle, though “The Last Saturn Bar” harkens to his time in New Orleans when he was a regular at the legendary Saturn Bar:

Theirs are the dreams we enter,
entering the Saturn Bar’s owly heat re-tooled for unlovely
loss, the rattled corner leaning away from Chartreuse, neat,
and when I’m able to dream jukebox damaged warbling,
a Saturn-like-thing opens within me . . .

The correct cocktail to have with this poem is The Last Word: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add 3/4 ounce gin, 3/4 ounce maraschino, 3/4 ounce Chartreuse, and 3/4 ounce lime juice. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

2. Poet: Allen Braden. Poem: “Both Portraits.” Cocktail: The Artist’s Special.
Written by the always musical and bubbly Braden, a Washington poet who is also a revered teacher at Tacoma Community College, this poem of memory, loss and regret needs a strong drink as accompaniment.

Loss is like a bluebottle fly
buzzing around in a mug of bourbon.
She’ll come back. Any minute,
he keeps telling himself.

As you read this poem, I suggest sipping The Artist’s Special from Dark Spirits: Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice cubes. Add 2 ounces bourbon, 1-1/2 ounces dry sherry, 1/2 ounce freshly-squeezed lemon juice, and 1/2 ounce grenadine. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

Find the complete list of poetry-inspired cocktails over at Seattle Magazine.

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