Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” has popped up a lot for me lately. I’ve always loved it, a song of questions, reminding us of the trade offs we make along the way. Inviting us to examine how we got here, what we gave up, without really asking if things are better. Are they? I don’t know, it sure doesn’t feel like it, but they say it is always darkest before the storm. I know one thing is for certain, there are a whole lot of folks that I wish were here. So settle in, get a little introspective and join me as we exchange our walk on parts in the war for “The Leading Role” in a cage, so to speak.
The first time I read this recipe, I knew I was going to love it. I was surprised that Laura loves it too. A damn fine drink that ticks most of my imbibery boxes. I felt so good about this one that I broke out a couple of special bottles for the experiment. So let’s get started and you will see why I have been looking forward to this one. Grab your tins and add 3/4 of an ounce of Scotch, I went the amazing, smoky Laphroaig Quarter Cask, 3/4 ounce of Irish Whiskey, I chose a Jameson 12 year Distillery Reserve we picked up there on our honeymoon, even has my name right on the label. So we are starting out with two amazing whiskeys. Next, pop in 1/2 an ounce of Pimm’s No. 1, cause it’s so good, 3/4 of an ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice, 1/2 an ounce of agave syrup and 2 drops of 18-21 Prohibition Bittters. Add ice and give it a good shake. Double strain into something fancy and garnish with a lime wheel. Gotta be honest, I really wanted to serve it in that fishbowl we lost souls are swimming in. I guess, you could say that it is served in it, metaphorically speaking.
This drink is so good. That smoky scotch comes right through, tempered by the sweeter Irish whiskey and agave, with a wonderful tart finish from the lime and Pimms. I could drink a lot of these, I fear I shall. The only thing that would make this one better tonight, is to be able to share it with friends. Oh, how I wish you were here. Stay safe, stay hydrated and stay sane, my friends.