Happy Hour [25/9/20]

You don’t have to drink alone.

Happy Birthday William Faulkner! The Nobel Prize winning author was born on this day in 1897. Bill was no stranger to strong drink, reportedly even doing some bootlegging during Prohibition.

Faulkner’s favorite drink was the Mint Julep, a cocktail I’ve never learned to appreciate. But with fall officially here, and winter just around the corner, I believe I’ll have occasion to enjoy another of the writer’s whiskey choices -the Hot Toddy.

He prepared it in the kitchen in the following way: Take one heavy glass tumbler. Fill approximately half full with Heaven Hill bourbon (the Jack Daniel’s was reserved for Pappy’s ailments). Add one tablespoon of sugar. Squeeze 1/2 lemon and drop into glass. Stir until sugar dissolves. Fill glass with boiling water.

The perfect drink to sip while reading a good book, maybe one of Faulkner’s.



  1. As Faulkner himself said 

    There is no such thing as bad whiskey. Some whiskeys just happen to be better than others. 

    The lesser whiskeys go in your juleps and toddies. Also, I’m a lightweight, lol.

      • …I happen to be a fan of the taste

        …but I still can’t afford the seriously good stuff that’d be old enough to buy its own drinks so I guess I mostly compromise

        …I have a friend though that can’t stand any whisky these days…because when we were young(er) & dumb(er) he was too dumb to listen when I told him not to drink Teachers…even when I wasn’t old enough to buy booze I knew better than that…it’s what some people I know refer to as “kitchen whisky” & probably perfect for making a hot toddy…or passable in a whisky & soda for folks of a certain generation…but he wouldn’t listen & he drank the stuff neat all night…the tragedies of a misspent youth & all that

        …the next day while they were waiting to get a train home someone actually walked up to them on the platform with a bottle of water & some alka seltzer & just said, “here – you look like you really need these”

  2. ill go with a different faulkner…..fits me mood now

    tbh…i prefer the original..but this has a campfire song kinda quality i never quite forgot about

  3. I love Ozzy Man!  I definitely need Happy Hour right now.  Got a text this morning from a friend that I had dinner with last weekend and he has Covid.  Went and got tested w/ the kids a little while ago, luckily it was easy and pain free around here.  Wife already gets tested every week and is negative again this week so hopefully we will be too!  Today’s happy hour will include Melvin Brewing “The Dry Hopper’s Guide to the Galaxy” with the amazing Galaxy hop.  At 9% alc it may also cure Covid but your mileage may vary.

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