Our chapter of the League of Gentlemen Adventurers is lucky enough to have a fine ethanol-mixologist in Dr. Lee A. Dunteman, so we never lack for quality refreshments. If you don't happen to have a master of the imbibulatory arts as friend & travel companion, we highly recommend the new website, DrinkSkool.com.
Drink Skool is owned & operated by men whose names will likely be familiar to anyone who takes their drinking seriously: Dale DeGroff, David Wondrich, Doug Frost, Andy Seymour, F. Paul Pacult, and Steven Olson. These gents have been redefining the way America drinks for quite some time now, and for the better. On their site, you can learn everything you might need to know about the Gentlemanly Art of mixing cocktails, from lessons on ingredients, to videos on shaking and stirring techniques, to an essential skill that many bartenders' guides neglect--knowledge of booze-related trivia.
Drink Skool certainly gets the LGA Seal of Approval.
For those of you uncertain as to the proper pronunciation, it’s “Port-Man-Toe” in the written Ebonics. Carrying on, the dictionary will simply describe Portmanteau as a word or morpheme whose form and meaning are derived from a blending of two or more distinct forms. (I say that with complete certainty because the bulk of that last sentence was a direct cut and paste from a dictionary website.) The most common example of this one could argue is the word “Smog” as it originates from “Smoke” and “Fog”. So many of these words have found their way into our everyday dialog, including more recent additions such as; “Bootylicious” or “Guesstimate”. Even when first presented with one of these words its meaning is so very often intuitive. Rarely is a definition required to help a new user successfully adapt it into their vocabulary.
As many of the other Gents will attest to, I have on occasion found myself “Unscrupivised”. As to say, I was both without adequate scruples and adequate supervision to make an appropriate decision. (I must of course state that many of those occasions came while pursuing my studies in Mixology with Gentleman Lee Dunteman. Who as it turns out, was also unscrupivised.) I would further put forth that when you first read the word unscrupivised, you had a “Quimsical” look upon your face. Would you not agree that the expression would have conveyed both your questing of the word and how whimsical it sounded to you? As I do realize that I stated that defining such words was unnecessary, I did so simply to help you feel certain in your application and confident in your future use of these and other Portmanteaus that you may encounter as you progress through life.
In general, remember that there is an art to language and regardless of practicality, art is always necessary. Revel in the ability to share concepts and ideas. While not everything will be Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, thankfully, it can be more than a little amusing to give voice to your thoughts. You don’t have to be a Shakespearian Actor or a Used Car Salesman to benefit from a rich vocabulary and keen awareness for body language. Embrace the need to express and open yourself to those around you. (As much too how something is said as to what was said.) You can only grow and better yourself for it.
I'm happy to report that our campaign asking Woodford Reserve Bourbon to publicly disavow an affront to mixology made in their name has reached the ears of those at the company itself.
I received the following correspondence from the good people at Woodford, who are, apparently, as appalled as the rest of us at the maltreatment of their delicious spirits and maligning of the good name of the Mint Julep.
It's a well-known fact that a Gentleman Adventurer's favored mode of travel is by dirigible. Unfortunately, it's getting harder and harder to find a travel agent to book passage by rigid airship these days. Well, Gents, it appears that our long national nightmare may soon be over:
Any Gentleman or Gentlelady Adventurer viewing it would naturally feel an increasing sense of horror as each step in creating the "Mint Julep" is described by this attractive, well-meaning, though woefully misinformed young woman.
Fortuantely one horrified Gent has taken matters into his own hands to correct the misinformation. This from Jeffrey Morgenthaler:
For bravely setting the record straight on this subject, the LGA has voted to grant Mr. Morgenthaler our prestigious L. Farley Falernum Memorial Award for Mixological Integrity.
And, in order to atone for their sins in this matter, we would also like to publicly call on Woodford Reserve to send Mr. Morgenthaler a case of their finest bourbon to be used as he sees fit, and - why not? - to send one to the League as well for having the idea. We encourage all LGA members and sympathizers to boycott their product until they acquiesce to our demands.
Congratulations, Mr. Morgenthaler, and keep up the good work.