September 23, 2004

Light Posting With a Side Of Campari

I’m working through an unusually pressing list of “to do” items, so posting will be either light or just light on the effort until Monday.

As an example of “light on the effort” here is a rather pathetic story about a recent coincidence.

The night before last, I had a dream about Campari. So I was thinking of it yesterday when I was signing the birthday card of a coworker (Laura, immortalized in the Saltine Challenge). I wrote something stupid about Saltines and Campari, which prompted a discussion of Campari with Ryan and Sharon. Sharon suggested it was an acquired taste, and we mulled that over.

On my drive home I was listening to a Robert Parker mystery novel on tape. A Spenser novel. Oddly, a couple of chapters into my ride, one of the characters was sipping Campari and soda. He asks Spenser if he’s tried the stuff. Spenser says “Yep.” He asks if Spenser likes it. “Nope.” He then goes on to describe it as an acquired taste.

Coincidences are weird.

Posted by James at September 23, 2004 11:45 AM
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Don't think I've ever imbibed Campari, but I've seen plenty of Campari cafe umbrellas.

I did have a Pimms cocktail ages ago, and I believe I enjoyed it. I've been toying with getting a bottle of Pims, and what's holding me back is my fear that I won't like it again.

Read more about Pimms, including how to make Pimms, here:

Posted by: Patti M. at September 23, 2004 12:42 PM

A litte info on the different number cups from

Created by James Pimm in his 1820`s Oyster Bar. Pimm began to market it ready-mixed in 1859, such was its popularity. It was taken as a digestive tonic, due to the high level of quinine and the mash of herbs involved in its production. Fashionable society began to drink Pimm`s as a cocktail during the later part of the 19th century, partially for the alcoholic lift and partially because it was weak enough to be drunk all afternoon.

There have been six different `cups` produced over the years. Now only the No.1 cup seems to be in wide distribution with No.6 sometimes seen. Each cup is based on a different base spirit -

Pimm`s Cup Base Spirit
No.1 Gin
No.2 Whiskey
No.3 Brandy
No.4 Rum
No.5 Rye
No.6 Vodka

Posted by: Patti M. at September 23, 2004 12:49 PM

Well, I wouldn't rush out to try Campari. The stuff, in my humble opinion, is vile.

Posted by: James at September 23, 2004 2:15 PM

And this is from a man who likes gin, so, he can tolerate a lot! ;-)

Posted by: briwei at September 23, 2004 4:00 PM

Gin is wonderful, and there are many different kinds from which to choose: dry gin, genever gin, and on and on. Mmm...gin...

Posted by: Patti M. at September 24, 2004 8:31 AM

I've become a fan or more fruity concoctions. I have some friends out here who do wonderful things with infusions. And I met a pirate at the San Diego Faire who gave me a nip of something that is a secret recipe. The only thing he would say is that all of the ingredients were booze.

Posted by: briwei at September 24, 2004 11:12 AM

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