Drink Like Hemingway with a Josie Russell Cocktail

Categories: Last Call

Hemingway and Josie Russell.jpg
Public domain image, courtesy John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Damn, that's one big fish. Josie Russell is on the right; Hemingway is the one in stripes.

Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, where JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column.

With both Arizona Cocktail Week and Arizona Beer Week coming up fast (The same week again?! Seriously guys, there's two options here: Either move them to two separate weeks, or get the wine folks on the bandwagon and we can mash it all into the Arizona Booze Celebration. I even gave it a catchy acronym for you.), I figured I should find a cocktail appropriate for both camps. There's one problem.

I'm not a beer guy.

See Also:
The Hemingway Daiquiri
Make the Perfect Mojito (Hemingway loved these, too)

I mean, I'll enjoy an ale every now and again, but the current beer arms race to create the hoppiest IPA on the planet literally leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. However, I do enjoy a different brewed product: Hard cider. Beer snobs tend to pooh-pooh cider, probably because the crisp, fruity taste doesn't blow your eyebrows clean across the room like the popular hop-bombs do. But darn it, cider is delicious. And if you need more justification, Hemingway drank cider. Of course he drank cider. He drank everything. He also enjoyed cider in a cocktail named for one of his best friends, Josie Russell.

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