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    1. Favorite cocktail recipes and unnatural drink experiments?

      It's time for another round of "name your favorite mixed drink, and how to make it". Or describe an outlandish, ill-considered, or random mixture and how it turned out. Right now, I'm drinking an...

      It's time for another round of "name your favorite mixed drink, and how to make it". Or describe an outlandish, ill-considered, or random mixture and how it turned out.

      Right now, I'm drinking an unnatural experiment made with odd drams to get rid of a couple of near-empties prior to moving.

      2 oz. jack pine gin (freezer cold, local product, could use any botanical gin)
      1 oz. peony baijiu (gift from a friend's visit to China)

      Shake with ice, serve in a coupe glass with a very small amount of ice. It's good enough that I'll try making peony-infused vodka next spring.

      [I don't usually enjoy mixed drinks because so many are too sweet - that's the spouse's domain. But some combinations of herbal, floral, spicy, bitter, or sour flavors work for my taste.]

      Feel free to share what's working for you.

      11 votes
    2. Why are drink coasters flat?

      A drink coaster goes under a glass or cup, and is intended to catch any condensation or spillage from the glass, to protect the tabletop underneath. But most coasters are flat.* Any liquid that...

      A drink coaster goes under a glass or cup, and is intended to catch any condensation or spillage from the glass, to protect the tabletop underneath.

      But most coasters are flat.* Any liquid that gathers on them can roll off the edges onto the table. Some coasters are made of a water-absorbing material, like cardboard or cork, but some are made of materials that repel water, like metal or ceramic or plastic.

      I ask this because I recently discovered a small coaster-like tray with an upraised lip around the edge. Strictly speaking, it's not a coaster, but it's exactly the right size to be used as a coaster - and, with the upraised lip around the edge, it actually prevents liquid from escaping onto the table.

      So why are coasters flat?

      (I bought some of the lipped not-coasters to use as coasters. This design makes sense to me. And they happen to look nice as well.)

      * It was only while researching coasters online prior to making this post that I discovered that some coasters have lips. Every coaster I've seen in real life is flat.

      20 votes