The American Gods TV show has increased the popularity of all of your books here in Canada, this means that they've become more expensive to buy. Some of your books in paperback that used to be $10-12 are now $18-20. This means that they have become somewhat prohibitively expensive. Libraries are always a great option, but I was wondering how you feel about prices going up along with the popularity of your books.
Veteran musician and accomplished producer Butch Walker dropped a beautiful new folk tune today, and it features none other than Johnny Depp on a simmering hot, sexy guitar solo near the end (that guy….whoo). 21+ is a pastoral and rustic song, melancholic and weathered. The track was also produced by Ryan Adams, so it’s really the result of quite a trifecta of artists. 21+ will be on Walker’s new full length, Afraid of Ghosts, out February 3 on Dangerbird Records.
I was extremely excited when Michael suggested we do Steven Universe for this month on the blog. I LOVE Steven Universe. It is one of my all time favorite TV shows, and one of my favorite characters is Peridot. So, of course I had to do a drink inspired by this weird, anti-social space rock. Now, when a lot of SU fans read “Peridot Punch” they might envision something like this:
Trust me, this drink is much kinder, although after a few of them you may be “whoo-ing” along with Amethyst. The drink itself is a little sour, a little bitter, and with a nice hidden sweetness, not unlike our lovable Peridot herself. Its perfect for warm summer nights and could easily be made in batches for parties and picnics. Basically its a fancy, alcoholic limeade. So without further preamble lets get started, you clods.
The Peridot Punch
1 shot Chartreuse
.5 shot Vodka (I like Tito’s)
2 tsp agave to taste (or whatever sweetener you prefer)
The juice of two limes (the equivalent of 2 shots)
a sprig of basil (optional)
lime zest to garnish
The drink itself is very simple. Step one (the most unpleasant step) is juicing the limes. I used two limes per cocktail, which makes about 2 shots of liquid. If you’re juicing them by hand, like me, its best if you can use a small mesh strainer to get out any chunks or seeds that might fall into the drink as you squeeze them.
Step 2: Get out your limb enhancers and muddle that basil in the bottom of your serving glass. This step is pretty much optional but it adds a nice herbal quality that compliments the Chartreuse. Plus its super fancy.
Step 3 is to add the other stuff to the lime juice. Pretty straight forward.
Why is the color correction on these photos so bad? I don’t know…ask my iPhone. Clearly I’m a professional.
Sidenote: I used 2 of these Wholesome! Organic Blue Agave packets mostly because I got them at work for free. It worked quite well, but any agave or simple syrup will do. I suggest staying away from granulated sugar or honey since they don’t dissolve as well when shaken with ice. Which leads me to the 4th step:
SHAKE THAT ish with ice.
I use a mason jar, which is probably not safe? I don’t know. Use a real shaker if you have it since its not made of glass, or at very least don’t sue me.
Strain and serve over the muddled basil and garnish with the lime zest. DRINK!
I’m using a short tumbler (highball glass), although I see a lot of bars around me now serving this type of cocktail in a champagne saucer, which looks kinda classy. If you had a triangle glass somehow maybe that would be most befitting Peridot’s form? Just a thought. Someone let me know if triangle-shaped glasses are a thing.
Anyway, go forth and enjoy drinking you Mega Clods!
Bonus Peridot gif because this post wasn’t already long enough:
My name is Clarissa.
I used to weigh over 200lbs.
I’ve been vegan for almost 3 years.
I like going on late night drives to nowhere,
sharing secrets, baking cupcakes, coffee.
I like to sit in restaurants in for hours.
I like people watching at the mall.
I love anything disney.