Tuesday, May 3, 2011

[FIND] Vice - Dirk Gently

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.  - Dirk Gently

The impossible often has a kind of integrity to it which the merely improbable lacks. – Dirk Gently

Dirk Gently is the founder and proprietor of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a boutique firm that solves mysteries of murder and lost cats. I can not in good faith begin to explain Dirk Gently to those of you who are unfamiliar. I will simply provide you with a taste of Douglas Adams’s brilliance excerpted from The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, a Dirk Gently novel. This is how Dirk Gently’s apartment greets the day.

The sun later broke in through the upper windows of a house in North London and struck the peacefully sleeping figure of a man.
The room in which he slept was large and bedraggled and did not much benefit from the sudden intrusion of light. The sun crept slowly across the bedclothes, as if nervous of what it might find amongst them, slunk down the side of the bed, moved in a rather startled way across some objects it encountered on the floor, toyed nervously with a couple of motes of dust, lit briefly on a stued fruitbat hanging in the corner, and fled.
-The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, Chapter 3.

The Cocktail – by James Hensley, Spirit-Monkey, via The Patterson House
 [Dirk] seems a strange sort so I think something that inspires the weird is called for.

Odin’s Will – an Absinthe Flip with a twist.

3/4 oz   La Muse Vert Absinthe
1/2 oz   Senior Orange Curacao
3/4 oz   Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz   (Fat) Demarar Syrup
13 Drops   Fee's Old Fashioned Bitters
1 Whole Egg

Place the egg and lemon juice in a shaker and dry/mime shake the two together. Then add the rest of the ingredients and ice. Shake long and hard and then strain into a short Hurricane glass or chilled cocktail glass as you like. Serve this drink "up" with a bit of grated nutmeg over the top.

The Cigarby Joe Zike, cigar aficionado extraordinaire, via UpTowns Smoke Shop 
For someone obsessed with the "interconnectedness of all things," the Oliva V Lancero will not disappoint. The Lancero's thin ring gauge allows the wrapper to balance the ligero filler. The mixture results in a woodsy, Columbian coffee flavor that carries a constant mild spice throughout the smoke. It's a perfect medium-bodied medium for an individual investigating the potential clairvoyance of a phenomenon when there are suspicions of coincidence and conjecture.

Cigar: Oliva Series V Lancero
Wrapper: Nicaragua, Habana Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua, Jalapa Valley Ligero

Length: 7"
Ring Gauge: 38

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