The literature: Alice Munro’s DEAR LIFE

The libation: Canada Day was last week, but in our humble opinion, it should really be celebrated on Alice Munro’s birthday. The Great White North’s Grand Dame of the Short Story is 83 today, and in her honor, we’re serving up a Maple Leaf cocktail.

Pour 2oz Canadian whiskey (Canadian Club, Crown Royal, or Seagrams will all do you just fine), 1oz fresh lemon juice, 3/4oz pure maple syrup (NOT maple-flavored high fructose corn syrup - I will hunt you down if you use the fake stuff), and a dash of cinnamon into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a glass (straight up or over ice, up to you).

Cheers to you, Alice, and happy birthday. Here’s to many more long years for the short story.

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