About Jonathon Howard

doesn’t mix well with polite company; his two favorite topics being politics and religion. When he isn’t out cycling, swimming, running, or camping he can often be found behind his computer working on some creative project or in his garden trying to coax out a few more vegetables. Mr. Howard misspent his youth reading genre-fiction; today, he is making up for it by consuming and reviewing large quantities of non-fiction literature. The fact that truth, in every way, is more fascinating than fiction still tickles him. His ramblings can be found at falselogic.net; his own work at fictivefunk.wordpress.com. He works for the state of California as a legislative consultant. The job is even more glamorous than it sounds…

Cocktail of the Week: Little Word

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This weekend was the hottest one so far here in Davis, with temperatures reaching 104° F. So, I really didn’t want to do anything but lay around in a kiddie pool full of ice… But, life doesn’t always give us what we want! I had to make a cocktail for the blog and do a bunch of other chores and errands, etc., etc. I knew I wanted the cocktail to be simple and cold though. Something like a nice ice, cold lemonade. Something like the Little Word.

the ingredients

The ingredients

Little Word

  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. St. Germain
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled glass. garnish with lemon slice.

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Perfect. Just perfect. Sweet lemon with notes of elderflower when it first hits the tongue with a pleasant alcohol finish as it washes down the throat. Cool, crisp, subtle. Plus, this drink is incredibly simple to make and takes almost no time at all. I could see this becoming the cocktail of Summer 2014.

Fog bank

photo taken by Timothy Richard Lavelle

Fog rolls in
rolls out.
An ethereal tide
that brings old
memories and dreams.
Images of what was
and what will be.
I lose myself
in the lullaby
of motion.

Today is forgotten
as I am caught
up in yesterday.
Tomorrow
slips away,
and time edges on
heedless of me.

Let’s Play the Secret of Monkey Island, Part 7

Deep Water

We last left our hero, Guybrush Threepwood, at the bottom of the bay tied to a heavy, gold idol. I hope he’s okay. Let’s join him there now

The guy seems to be surrounded by tools that’d make his escape easier; Sadly, all of them seem to be just out of reach:

That’s true for the scissors, the cleaver, the hacksaw, rusty knife, and axe… What else is down here with Guybrush? Just the idol:

Let’s just pick it up? That might work?


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Cocktail of the Week: Black Adder

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I had some hard cider left over from last week’s cocktail and some stout that’s been in the fridge for a bit… So, I did some poking around and found a cocktail, or maybe a  shandy, that combines those two things. What I found was the Black Adder. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “that’s not a Black Adder! It’s a black and tan!” Well, no it isn’t. It also isn’t a Black Velvet, though it might be a Snake Bite. So, join me now as we gone on a little journey explaining some terms! A Black Velvet is a stout beer, usually Guinness, with sparkling wine floated on top of it. A black and tan is pale ale or lager with a  stout or porter beer floated on top of it. A Snake Bite, in the UK, is equal parts lager and cider. In the USA stout may be used instead of lager.

A Black Adder is specifically stout with cider floated on top of it. I really tried hard to make one of these! I used a spoon. I didn’t use a spoon. I tried to float the cider on top of the stout AND to float the stout on top of the cider. I couldn’t get anything to work. Though I did end up getting pretty tipsy. This might be because I wasn’t using Guinness or it might simple be because I’m just no good at it. Some people have called what you see above you, where the stout and the cider have mixed a Poor Man’s Black Velvet. I just call it failure.

The ingredients

The ingredients

Black Adder

  • 1 part stout
  • 1 part cider

Pour stout into a Champagne flute until half full. Fill the remainder of the flute glass with cider, slowly pouring the cider over a spoon held in the mouth of the flute glass.

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If by some miracle you’re able to pull it off you’d see a almost clear, lightly straw colored liquid sitting on top of your dark stout. If you didn’t pull it off you’ll see what these pictures show. Regardless it tastes pretty good. The bitterness of the stout is offset by the sweetness of the cider and the drink will be a lot lighter than if you were merely drinking stout. Refreshing but I don’t know if it qualifies as a “summer” drink. Good for semi-formal events and parties though? I think in the end I’d just prefer to drink the cider or the stout on its own.