So for the last couple of years, I’ve been putting my amateur mixology skills to use for the good of the Inkpunks. For their birthdays, each Inkpunk got a custom-crafted cocktail from me, along with a card and a recipe. It was a way for me to practice my skills, of course, but more than that, it was a way for me to express my deep affection for this group of gals and guys who have been the most excellent of friends and colleagues.
I wondered what sort of cocktail I might create for myself, but I have so many favorites to chose from among the old classics (Manhattans, Negronis, and Sazeracs, oh my!) that I just couldn’t find a way to improve on them. Well, as it turns out, I didn’t have to.
My birthday was last week, and the Inkpunks honored me with a creation of their own: The InkEasy. Developed by Wendy Wagner, and tested repeatedly on John Remy, the InkEasy is a hot toddy style of cocktail, perfect on a chilly winters’ day or when battling a cold. And it’s my new favorite drink.
I was completely overwhelmed, and that was before I had a couple. Thank you, dear Inkpunks, it is the perfect gift.
I don’t really have any writing advice this time, but I do have a wish for you: May you all find your own community to love and support you not only in your writing, but in all aspects of your life. Writing is such a solitary profession, but we all get by with a little help from our friends.
Cheers to you, and may your 2013 be full of dear friends.