Fall: Page 37

Fall: Page 37

I love that it's Fall.

I love Fall in throwing on a worn out hoodie when I take the dog out for a walk in the middle of the night, and...

I love Fall because in Sacramento, The City of Trees, giant oaks, peppers, maples, walnuts, and persimmons whose arms shelter the streets blaze with fire and crackle in the wind; and you wonder why people scuttle to New England to see the leaves when your own city has it beat; and...

I love Fall because in Sacramento we have a huge Vietnamese and Hmong population. They've established as fact that brisk winds carry the aroma of pho, and ramen, and winter melon soups in the air far better than any summer foehn, and...

I love Fall because I have the excuse to bake gingerbread cookies, cakes, and waffles crisp as the air outside, and...

I love Fall because my sweater collection is, gurl, so slammin'; and...

I love Fall because the pomegranate tree begins to groan with the weight of hefty bright red ornaments. And...

I love Fall as, let's be honest, your favorite TV shows are back from the entertainment drought of summer, and...

I love Fall as it signals time to clean out the fireplace. Dirty and ashy is the task, but the reward of toasting s'mores with friends (always set the marshmallow on fire. always always always.) and pairing it with a neat glass of whiskey, apple brandy, and favorite liqueurs cannot be beat. And...

I love Fall because what other time of year so genially encourages you to read your favorite books, dog-earred and stained from years of adoration, a fifth time? And...

I love Fall because I love menu planning for the holidays, and...

I love Fall because of pork chops seared hot and then served in a sauce of mustard, tarragon, and cream. And...

I love Fall because the triple digit weather of a Sacramento summer has finally abated. We have lived. We survived. The land did not catch fire. At least, not all of it. Hallelujah.

HOWEVER. Fall...

Please send fix ideas my way. Thank you.

I do not appreciate an unexpected rainstorm mean-mugging my Spanish leather shoes and giving them a ratchet dye job at the kick.

Not cool, Fall. Not cool.


Easy drinking for a good read.

Page 37

As I write this the rain is still coming down. No doubt, California needs it and I'm a happy man right now, ruined shoes and all. I named this due to a lack of creativity. I was on page 37 reading The Picture of Dorian Gray, so there we go.

Sukkah Hill Spirits generously sent me some samples of their wares and I fell terribly in love with the Besamim – an aromatic liqueur with notes of cinnamon, clove and vanilla. (Heads up, they did not pay me for this post. They offered to send me a sample and I enjoyed the product enough to use it in a cocktail recipe I wanted to post.)

Besamim is sweeter and more intense than most spiced spirits, so it should be used sparingly. The producers encourage you to try it neat, which would be too much for me. However, as a modifier, it's quite versatile and gives plenty of backbone to whiskey and rum-based cocktail. I imagine it would be lovely paired with apple brandy and a descent Creme de Cacao as well.

As for this drink? The Besamim really provides depth and sweetness to the scotch. Cream sherry gives it a silky mouthfeel and bit of (duh) creaminess. It's a genial drink meant for sipping as you read a favorite book.

What You'll Need...

What You'll Do...

Stir together in a cocktail glass (no ice) and pour into a rocks glass with a large ice cube, or regular ice if that's all you have.

FOMO: Persimmon & Sake Cocktail

FOMO: Persimmon & Sake Cocktail

Nerds: Susan Foreman

Nerds: Susan Foreman