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.
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.
Some time ago, our own Dr. Dunteman reported on a quarrel between Professor Elemental and Mr B, the Gentleman Rhymer, two practitioners of rap's most gentlemanly sub-genre, Chap-Hop. Well I'm happy to report that boeuf appears to be over (for the time being), with each MC making a guest appearance in the other's most recent video. To wit: