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Day 77: A Sea of Troubles


The concept of what to do, and whether or not to go on, seems to drive the narrative of most stories. It's an age-old struggle: "If I go what's right, it might impact me negatively, but if I do nothing, I have to live with it for the rest of my life." I think it's a struggle most people face on a daily basis. This usually coincides with minor decisions, where it's more a question of taking the easy way out or putting in the work, to make sure it's done right. Today though, the decisions aren't minor.


Hello again, thirsty readers. I mentioned yesterday how I have struggled with going on, posting drinks everyday, at a time when such a pointless pursuit seems almost insulting. I've decided to go on. So many of you readers reached out yesterday, letting me know how much this has been helping them. I had no idea how much it meant to all of you. I wish I could do more. I truly wish I could do more, but I'll need guidance for that. Until then, at the request of many, the show much go on.


Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1, it's the most famous soliloquy in the history of the theater. In this immortal scene, Hamlet contemplates suicide, seeing death as an escape from his life. It's the eternal struggle, to go on, even though we know the path may not be easy. We echo that today in "no justice, no peace."


So many have sat by for so long, ignoring the troubles surrounding them. Some even benefit from those troubles, building lives on the backs of others. We can't stand for this anymore. As a society, and even more as a species, we owe this to ourselves and to each other.

"To be, or not to be, that is the question:

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles"


A Sea of Troubles

1oz Blanc Agricole Rhum

1oz Blanc Vermouth

.5oz Orange Liqueur

.25oz Coconut Liqueur

.25oz Blue-Lux Blend (2:1 Blue Curacao:Maraschino Liqueur)

2 dashes Absinthe


Cocktail Coupe

Stir and strain into chilled glass.

Express and discard lemon peel.

Garnish with flower petals.





To act, or to do nothing? To speak out, or to ignore everything? These are your choices right now. I truly urge you to make the right ones, my thirsty readers. I want nothing more than the safety for everyone out there again today. We see you, and you are here for you. I always made a point to not let my own feelings become a part of my work, but this isn't about opinions anymore. This is about humanity. We are all human, and if you don't see everyone that way, I kindly ask that you stop making my cocktails. They are not for you. As for the rest, keep shaking.

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