Lego shrimp cocktail for the Iron Builder's challenge

Open thread: cocktails

I was being introduced to the notion of cocktail geeking today (specifically, people who research and revive historical cocktails and of LUPEC), and so, why not? Let’s talk cocktail geeking. What do you imbibe that you think deserves a wider audience? Are you working on a recipe that you could use some feedback on?

Lego shrimp cocktail for the Iron Builder's challenge

Shrimp Cocktail by Guy H

If you aren’t an alcohol drinker or cocktail lover, feel free to share a loose equivalent: microbrewery recommendations, obscure grape variants, virgin cocktails, cupcake recipes, or favourite treats of other kinds all welcome.

This is also an open thread for general discussion on any topic, as long as it’s within the comment policy.

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Mary is a women in tech activist, a programmer, a writer, and a sometime computational linguist. She writes at Her previous projects include co-founding the Ada Initiative and major contributions to the Geek Feminism blog. She's @me_gardiner on Twitter.

16 thoughts on “Open thread: cocktails

  1. koipond

    Hmmm. I’m a very recent drinker, and I have discovered the joy that is Fireball Whisky. All I know is that if you mix about 1oz with a tall glass of apple cider it is incredibly delicious.

  2. twtd

    All of the women I’ve met who are members of LUPEC in Boston are both awesome people and awesome bartenders. If you get a chance to have Misty, the Boston chapter persident, make you a drink, you should jump all over it. They (and many other great bartenders) have turned me into a huge cocktail geek over the past couple of years. It’s become the thing that I’m most geeky about. I could probably go on for pages.

    I’m on a Last Word kick right now, which isn’t the easiest thing to love when you live in a state where you have to special order half of the ingredients. But green chartreuse is a lovely, lovely thing despite that.

    My go to drinks are either daiquiris (the traditional kind, not the frozen ones) or a vieux carré depending on just how cold it is, though there’s nothing like being able to go into a great bar and trust the bartender to make something you’ll like with only the slightest instructions about your preferences. Why yes, living in Boston did spoil me terribly for all other places, and I miss my bar there now that I’ve move away.

    Anyway, I just bought my first bottle of rye, and I’m really excited to see what I can do with it (besides just drink it straight or mix it in hot tea).

  3. Cthandhs

    I love classic cocktails, and they’re just about all we drink at my house. We collect classic cocktail books, this is our favorite, we call it The Bible. Hunting up rare ingrediants, trying out different combinations and creating our own classic-style cocktails makes a great evening. Also, bourbon=awesome.

  4. rebecca

    Not related to cocktails, but after all this is an open thread and I thought this might be of interest to the writers at this blog. I was at a conference this week at which one of the exhibitors was the “National Coalition for Men.” Wondering what on earth this was, I Googled it when I got home, and found…. this:

    Not gonna lie, I found this twisting of issues like rape, the wage gap, etc. to make men out to be victimized by society very disturbing.

  5. L

    Hey moderators,

    I left a comment on the t-shirt post a couple of days ago, and it appears to be still awaiting moderation, with a more-recent comment posted. I totally understand if you just haven’t gotten around to it; I just want to make sure I didn’t do anything wrong in posting it.

    Keep up the good work!

  6. Remiel

    I’m not a big cocktail maker but should you find yourself in Wellington, New Zealand, and in need of a drink – Make for the library. (That’s the Library Cocktail bar, not the public library. Although that’s cool too.) They make the yummiest desert themed cocktails – the Upper Hutt lemon meringue is actually nicer than the pie it’s based on.

    And they put up with the Inkslingers, the Wellington writers group, coming along with our laptops every month, and weekly during NANOWRIMO. Drinking and writing is a time honoured tradition, after all.

    1. regis

      Which means I REALLY NEED A DRINK.
      (just to tie it back to the subject of cocktails)

    1. becky

      I saw that comic too! I also thought that was really stupid. There are TONS of women designers in particular. My college class was 25 women and 2 guys. The worst part is that the recognize it in the asterisk!

      1. Margaret

        OMG. I could write a blog about sexism in the graphic design field… which, if there is one, link please! Thats totally the worst thing I’ve seen all day. There may be plenty of female graphic designers but, in my experience at least, it’s way harder for us to get ahead.

        Also, this is off-topic, but it’s my experience that male graphic designers are self-styled ladies men, but COOLER than other ladies men. At least, that’s what they’d like to think. They’re often not afraid of women, but are sometimes outright hostile to women that trespass in their little man-designer club.

  7. RLC

    Kudos to the IEEE Spectrum for this prompt and excellent apology – I got the offending email at 9 AM and the response at 1:30. The Spectrum is a print-and-digital magazine received by all members of the IEEE, the primary electrical engineering professional society.

    “Dear Members and Readers,

    Please accept our sincere apologies for the headline in today’s Tech Alert: “With the Arduino, Now Even Your Mom Can Program.” The actual title of the article is “The Making of Arduino.”

    I’m an IEEE member, and a mom, and the headline was inexcusable, a lazy, sexist cliché that should have never seen the light of day. Today we are instituting an additional headline review process that will apply to all future Tech Alerts so that such insipid and offensive headlines never find their way into your in-box.

    Spectrum’s insistence on editorial excellence applies to all its products, including e-mail alerts. Thank you for bringing this error to our attention. If you have any additional comments or recommendations, do not hesitate to contact me or other members of the editorial staff.

    Sincerely yours,

    Susan Hassler
    Editor in Chief
    IEEE Spectrum”

  8. un1c0rn

    Someone made a r34 picture of Lauren Faust’s alicorn in a very suggestive pose and it was posted on her deviantart (presumably not by the same person). I reported the account which was obviously made purely for trolling, but it angers me that those things happen saddens, and makes me sad to be a male. Is there anything I can do when those situations occur?

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