Jabberwock cocktail

This will made you gyre and gamble in the wake until brillig all right,all right

img_6162I’m a cocktail nerd and a booklover. And to make matters worse(or better depending on your point of view) I like to mix my cocktails with a little literary reference. I did not come up with this( but like in other instances I take it further then most). My point is that in what is to be regarded as holy scripture in modern day mixology,The Savoy Cocktail book, there is a drink named after a character in Alice in Wonderland. And it’s a very nice cocktail.

At some point I will probably create my own drinks based on the book, it has been a favorite since childhood and there is a lot to “work with”. I don’t think that Alice in wonderland needs any introduction. What I will say is that I’m very happy that the edition with illustrations by Tove Jansson is again in print. I went out and bought a copy, and it has made me smile; it really is beautiful. I also picked up some flamingo cocktails-sticks a swizzles for this and further themed cocktails.

In the original recipe there is “Caperitif” which is no longer made. In “Let’s bring back-the cocktail edition” by Lesley M. Blume the recommendation is to replace it with either Lillet Blanc or Dubonnet. I prefer the latter because there is a nice cat on the bottle(and I think it has a better “bite”).

Jabberwock cocktail;makes 1 drink

2 cl gin

2cl Dubonnet

2 cl Dry Sherry

1 dash orange bitters

  1. Stir in a mixing glass over lots of ice until chilled.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass.
  3. Squeeze a lemon or orange peel (my preference) over it a.k.a. zesting and the use the zest as a garnish.
  4. Enjoy responsibly

 

That really is all there is to it. Easy to make and rather easy to drink. Something with a bit of literary glamour.

-Suss

 

Blue Monday

As I said; I make clothes to match pretty covers of books I like. And I would like to point that out: no matter how pretty the cover, it won’t be a source of inspiration unless I actually like the book too. There are two ways to go about it.

  1. Use a fabric that already matches the book.img_6799I’ve wanted to make something out of this old Persian tablecloth for a long time. Last fall my mother actually let me take another tablecloth of a similar print but different colours and I made a skirt I love. This became a rather bohemian dress. When I was done I realized how well it went with The folded clock by Heidi Julavits. A book I really love(I’ve written about it before). It is not a book to read in one sitting but rather a little a day. It is a diary and just a few entries per day is just enough. But this is not the only garment that I have that matches this book. Which brings me to method number two.
  2. Make the fabric match. img_6056This is a very simple top I made using leftover fabric. I then used blue fabric marker to draw flowers,dots and lines inspired by this cover. It should be noted that this cover design is by Leanne Sharpton who’s work I’m currently obsessed with(both illustrations and writing. I should be embarrassed by my own fan-girling but I’m not). Fabric markers are great in that they demand very little except 12 hours to dry. They don’t smudge, you don’t have to make a mess and then clean up said mess. On the downside they don’t give the kind of thick lush color that you might desire. They are in short great,but not suitable for all projects. This is one thing I’ve learned.

I do recommend the book but understand that women might find it a better read then men. I also encourage everyone to try to be creative.

-Suss

People in the trees/skirts in the shop

I love matching my clothes to  book covers. If you follow me on Instagram you already know that I take it to the maximum by actually making garments to match. That isn’t always necessary however.

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People in the trees by Hanya Yanagihara is one of the best books I’ve read this year. You can read my thoughts here. This skirt is on sale at H&M. It’s a perfect match. I did’t buy it because I have to many skirts already but the struggle was real I tell you. It is exactly the kind of thing I like to wear.

-Suss

Haiku&Home decor

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Draining the sake cask

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a gallon flower vase

-Matsuo Basho

You can learn great things from books, and meet like-minded people. In addition to his brilliant poems, Basho writes about the “sake cask”. I discovered a long time ago that a nice bottle makes an excellent vase but I was obviously  not the first to do so.

I once went to a dinner and arrived with a purple hydrangea. The host and hostess didn’t have a vase so we placed it in empty Bombay Sapphire bottle: the light blue of the bottle work so well with the flower. I often use a large Hendrick’s bottle: the label was damaged so it’s just black now. The green Tanqueray bottles are also wonderful for a single large flower.

I can also say that five pink peonies placed individually in  green beer bottles in a window was a lovely and chic set-up but due to no battery I didn’t take a photo( it was at a restaurant). However I have these small beer bottles and some chrysanthemums which looks rather good together.

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And as I was walking home from work yesterday I saw this in a window.

img_7538Old Genever bottles with stem cabbage. Very chic and minimalist. Such bottles can be found at flea markets but I will also say that I think Genever is underrated and buying it is not a bad idea. Will make a note to blog about cocktails to make with it.

-Suss

Reading on reading….

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-I get asked how I manage to read so much; I’m not gonna bother writing advice since the wonderful Annikky already has on her blog. You can find the post here

-Speaking about brilliant friends; Even though I haven’t read the Ferrante books yet I’m tired of people complaining about the covers. There is method to that madness. Read about it here

-I found a really old link when I was going through my old old mac. Admire stacks of books here

-I’m not a huge fan of Hemingway’s writing but endlessly fascinated by the man(and other’s admiration of him). An old New Yorker-piece on him was great fun. Find it here

Have a great weekend! x Suss

Once more; with feeling…

img_7167Once upon a time in a galaxy far far away I had a cocktail blog. in swedish with a very literary and non-cool vibe. When I decided to close it all of my seven readers were heartbroken. I jest a bit but honestly I didn’t have that many readers, probably a result of blogging in swedish. It is my mother tongue and I love it, but it is spoken by few.

In the last time of my cocktail blogging I started an Instagram account. And boy oh boy that was fun. However posting about books was more fun then cocktails (although posting about books and cocktails is still a fave with me, even though it doesn’t get the most likes). And so when I closed the blog I decided to start anew, a clean slate, tabula rasa, Like a virgin. Because I make very little sense  I (obviously) chose as my handle something from an old blog that I started but never really bothered with. And it took like a year for me to get around to really writing. Or plan to write anyhow( having had a link in my profile since the beginning for no reason at all). Because I’ve decided that the world needs more literary-cocktails,book reviews and general bookish insanity I will blog in english(despite my english being a foul mix of British and American). And I will make no apologies about general post on food,fashion or felines. These things are always on my mind and I need somewhere to air my thoughts. Most likely stuff I make will be a subject;I’m always trying to be creative.

At this point I have loads of ideas, a few pics saved to use for post and no clue really where this will end up. I need a little time and a few post to get back into the writing groove, find my voice and all that. I hope you’ll stay with me.

Alina Tugend “Better by mistake”

So.Much.This.

In the conclusion to this book Tugend writes how when writing it she was so into it that everything came to revolve around it. I’ve been like this reading it: everything seen through the prism of Tugend’s book. Situations at work,drama among friends and the way talk to their children overheard on my commute. Everything.

Tugend starts out with the basic paradox of our society: we are told that “you learn by making mistakes” but also that you most often get penalized for making mistakes, it is frowned upon. Everyone loves pointing out mistakes others have made but fear being the one the finger is pointed at and loath to confess of their own accord.

The book is an in-depth look at the culture of mistakes or rather a culture that doesn’t accept mistakes and how people don’t really know how to do so.

A look at medical-care and aviation, businesses where mistakes can lead to the loss of life, and how they have worked to prevent mistakes as well as create structures to deal with them if they happen, is very informative. Also her examples from her professional as well as personal life. No one is perfect but we can all be a bit better.

Well written, well researched and and a  very important subject.

A lot of food for thought with this one, I have already recommended it to every one I know ( and yes: someone I know, who doesn’t handle her mistakes at all well, said she doesn’t need it. *headdesk*). I heard about it on Swedish radio last summer and not reading it until now was a mistake…