by Paul Barrett
And though I’m not an alcoholic, I do enjoy drinking. All writers enjoy drinking, but only eighty percent of them are alcoholics. The rest are heroin addicts. So what, you may ask, does Paul like to drink? Paul will quit talking about himself in the third person and answer your question. I like to drink a variety of things.
Despite Spade’s love of grog, I’ve never actually had it. It’s not what would be considered a common drink now. My understanding is back in the day it was a watered down version of rum, no doubt watered down to stretch out the supply more. I like rum well enough, so grog would probably be acceptable. Although watered down just seems like a crime.
I have a fairly broad alcohol palette. My favorite hard liquor is vodka, with Gray Goose being my brand of choice. I know, fairly pedestrian, but good is good. I’m also fond of Zubrowka, which is a difficult to get Polish buffalo grass vodka. I had it when I was working on a documentary in Krakow and really enjoyed. Guess now I should around to see if I can find someone who sells it.
My favorite “offbeat” liquor would be Chartreuse, which is a 140-proof elixir made with over 100 herbs. It’s a distinctive green color (indeed, the color was named after the drink) and the taste is difficult to describe because it can taste different depending on how it hits your tongue. One minute it might be peppermint, the next licorice, and the next wheat grass. It’s the only drink I know I can hate one shot and love the next. It is strong, can be overwhelming, and isn’t for everyone. However, if you have an adventurous sense of taste, I recommend you give it a try.
One place where Spade and I are alike is on the subject of wine. Not a fan. I found one Beaujolais I can tolerate and sangria is acceptable because, as Klaus says in the book, “it’s a liquid fruit salad.” Other than that, you can keep your smashed grapes to yourself.
I like a variety of mixed drinks, everything from a Long Island Ice Tea to a Melonball. My favorite by far though, is a Killer Kool-Aid. If it’s made correctly, It tastes like black cherry Kool-Aid, which I loved as a child. And as I end this diatribe to ending sobriety, I will leave you with the Killer Kool-Aid recipe.
- 1 oz. Vodka
- 1 oz. melon liqueur (I recommend Midori)
- 1 oz. Amaretto (I recommend DiSoranno)
- 4 oz. cranberry juice
Pour all the ingredients over ice in a shaker. Shake for 10-15 seconds and pour over ice. Enjoy.
Paul’s multiple careers have included: rock and roll roadie, children’s theater stage manager, television camera operator, mortgage banker, and support specialist for Microsoft Excel.
This eclectic mix prepared him to go into his true love: motion picture production. He has produced two motion pictures and two documentaries: His film Night Feeders released on DVD in 2007, and Cold Storage was released by Lionsgate in 2010
Amidst all this, Paul has worked on his writing, starting with his first short story, about Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, at age 8. Paul has written and produced numerous commercial and industrial video scripts in his tenure with his for-creative agency, Indievision. He has two published short stories (As You Sow and Double Cross) and one self-published novel (Godchild). He lives with his filmmaker/graphic artist partner and their three cats.
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Paul's Newest Sci-Fi Novel: The Malaise Falchion
Then a mysterious female Elf from the posh side of town shows up and offers him exoneration for his past sins and lots of gold. All he has to do is follow her brother and report his activities. Simple, right?
He should have known better. The simple job soon spirals out of control. Spade finds himself sucked into intrigue, powerful magic, and the hunt for a weapon powerful enough to end the world. Ill-prepared, Spade forges on with the aid of his hapless sidekick and a reluctant female warrior.
Will he survive long enough to save the world and get his grog?
Available Here: Fiery Seas Publishing