“All my life I’ve looked at words as though I were seeing them for the first time.”
So said Ernest Hemingway. I wonder if he was was drunk when he said it. How else but through an altered state do you stare over and over at the same verbiage and experience something different — every single time?
Perhaps Hemingway was speaking to the artist in us. Perhaps he knew that almost anything could lead to a scene, or a new character, or a particularly biting blend of dialogue.
Or maybe, he just really liked his rum. (Pirate.)
Tonight, because I’m overdue to share a cocktail recipe with you, I’m going with “c,” Papa liked his liquor. Herewith is a recipe for one of his favorites, The Mojito, taken from Hemingway & Bailey’s Bartending Guide by way of my favorite NPR quiz show: “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” (Thank you, Peter Sagal.)
6 fresh mint sprigs
1 oz. lime juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. light rum
DIRECTIONS: Crush 5 mint sprigs into the bottom of a chilled highball glass. Pour in lime juice, simple syrup, and rum. Fill glass with crushed ice. Garnish with lime wedge and remaining mint sprig. Sometimes a splash of club soda is added.