The Great American Debate

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To watch or not to watch. That seems to be the latest rumbling from Southern California (thank goodness). I don’t have a cocktail every day, but it’s probably not the worst advice.  I saw this quote on a bar menu not so long ago.

“I feel bad for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.” – Frank Sinatra

Maybe ol’ blue eyes is on to something. A good mixed drink can take the edge off of things, and I’m feeling all kinds of edgy lately. Between ominous predictions of global warming and the constant stream of vitriol dripping from our nation’s capital, I am pretty stressed out. Layered on top of the usual work pressures, it starts to feel a bit overwhelming.

Mind you, I’m not an overly negative person, but I do tend to see the world through rose-free glasses. Taking the time to make a delicious craft cocktail as a precursor to my wife’s fabulous culinary machinations is a nice distraction from the trials and tribulations. One of the beauties of two people sharing a kitchen is the near instant gratification.  So if the news has you blue, go make a cocktail. Then sip it slowly with a loved one and forget about whatever ails you. If it worked for Frank, it can work for us too.

Photos by Karyn L. Giss Photography

 Rum Ginger Twist


  • ½ oz spiced rum
  • Juice of ½ a lime freshly squeezed
  • 4 – 5 mint leaves gently bruised
  • Ginger beer


  1. Pour rum into an old fashioned glass filled with ice.
  2. Add lime juice and the mint leaves.
  3. Top off with ginger beer and give it quick stir.
  4. Don’t worry. Be happy! (Makes one drink.)

David Pitlik is a corporate writer by day, a comedy writer from a previous life, and a lover of great food, wonderful drink and sparkling banter with good friends.

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