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Tuesday, 28 October 2014


WE know a bear loves his/her honey. Such sustenance derived  from this primal source can keep a bear going long enough for … an unsuspecting salmon, say, to leap out of the river and  get munched by a waiting ursine creature.
As in – if ah see her, Alaska. Though they're not usually so polite.

            But have you ever seen a bear munch a cocktail? Probably not. Yet there is one bear at our apartment who looks on despondently when he hears the mixer being all shook up.
            And it ain’t Elvis doing the shaking. He left the building some time ago as all non-conspiracy theorists will know.
            A heart-warming cocktail then for a bear. More than just heart-warming as this chap will testify. More bare than bear, really.

            Our own furry friend – one William Brown Bear –  would, I’m certain, love to join in the fun. So, I’ve invented this cocktail just for him.
            Yet we rather liked it too.


75ml gin (have it resting in the freezer for an hour or so beforehand)
25ml vodka
Splash of dry vermouth
50ml triple sec
Juice of one lime
Juice of half an orange
Good squeeze of runny honey (bears love it)
Two twists of freshly ground black pepper
Good dash of orange bitters
Similarly aromatic bitters

Place a few ice cubes in a cocktail shaker
Add the ingredients
Shave vigorously
Smear a film of honey across a third of the rims of two chilled cocktail glasses
Have some ground pepper and sea salt on a plate then pass the prepared rims of the glasses in this mixture
Pierce a small piece of fresh orange and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick and place in each glass
Pour the mixture into the glasses
(Serves two or only one teddy bear if he gets in first)

            Otherwise you never know how things might pan out. See the following, for instance …