It Loves Attention: Loganberry and Flowering Thyme Spanish Gin & Tonic
"...So then my boss came up and she tells me she loves the work I did on the project, but I feel it's just a perfunctory thank you, you know? Like she doesn't mean it? Anyways..." The girl drones on. And on. And on about the cruel world and how it treats her.
Misery, as we will call her, is that kind of person we all know. The one who complains all the time and never stops. Nothing is ever good enough. All interactions with other human beings are terrible or had the potential to be terrible. (And potential is best. Reality is a lit match about to go out, but potential is a bonfire that can raze futures to ash.) There is no forgiving and, certainly, no forgetting. Every slight, real or perceived, is held onto like a precious stone that the holder feels may be wrenched from their terrified grip at any moment.
Even worse? Most of the issues can be addressed. These individuals actively just choose to lay dormant in their own lives. They're happy wading in a stagnant pool letting the mold grow upon them. After all, what would there be to talk about if they simply got out and went to fresh water?
Our dear Misery, however, is a paragon of this repined archetype. Mighty Thor himself could come down from the heavens, whisk her off to Asgard, dress her in jewels, and sweetly ravage her lady bits in a way that the Norns would write Harlequin novels about it. Yet she would come back to earth complaining that his beard left scruff marks on her thighs.
By the time I come back from my moan-induced haze I realize that Misery is still going. Sweet lord...
"...And you know what they say about misery," she concludes.
"It loves attention?"
I don't see who says this. No one does. But everyone, grateful for the tea that has been spilled, laughs. Everyone but Misery who - perhaps for once - doesn't appreciate the attention.
She should be glad though. Another slight, another story for her.
Loganberry and Flowering Thyme Gin and Tonic
So this cocktail was inspired by Ashley Rose Conway of the blog, Craft + Cocktails. She's a blogger and bartender whose work I adore and cannot recommend enough. Her photography is utterly sway, smarter than your most admired professor, and modern in presentation. So klassie.
If you don't know what a Spanish G&T is, it's a G&T with a bit of flavoring added. Easy, right?
This one uses fresh loganberries, which you'll certainly only find at a roadside fruit stand or farmers market. Loganberries have a certain plummy flavor and a mellow tartness to them that makes them so delectable. It's a wholly different beast than a raspberry or blackberry. (Raspberries, of course, will do fine.)
I also used flowering thyme because it's taking over my yard and I wanted a slight floral flavor.
Gin of choice? Darjeeling Gin. Botanicals used include - you guessed it - Darjeeling tea. It's produced here in Sacramento by Ed Arnold who started California Distilled Spirits. Highly worth seeking out as this gin is soft, light on the tongue, with a mild sweetness. It's a gin does best with little done to it.
Drink this on the patio by the pool should you be so lucky. Let there be no misery in your mind or glass.
What You'll Need:
- 2 ounces gin
- a good squeeze of lemon, plus lemon slices for garnish
- 8 loganberries, plus more for garnish
- 4 sprigs of flowering thyme, plus more for garnish
- 5 ounces tonic water (I used Fever Tree)
What You'll Do:
Put some glasses in the freezer to chill for about 15 minutes. Place the gin, lemon juice, berries and thyme in a cocktail glass and muddle away like it's done you wrong.
Put some ice in the glasses as well as extra lemon slices, berries, and thyme springs. Double strain the muddled gin into the glasses using a Hawthorne and a mesh strainer. Top with the tonic water and serve.