Thursday, April 2, 2009

A Toast to Property

I came across a fun New York Times blog post about the trials and tribulations of trying to find one's "signature cocktail:"

If I had to guess, I’d say that many of us aren’t drinking what we’d truly like to drink.... I recently learned that my husband hated the taste of beer in high school and so insisted on White Mountain, a “malternative” beverage. And by insisted I mean that he forced the kid with the fake ID to not only risk his neck buying beer but also his reputation by adding a case of White Mountain with nary a teenage girl in sight. My husband also sometimes pours himself a glass of apple juice and nurses it, pretending it’s whiskey.... What are we all trying to prove?  

This, of course, got me to wondering if there are any decent property themed cocktails.  The best I could come up with was the Landed Gentry:

1 1/2 oz dark rum
1/2 oz Tia Maria coffee liqueur
1 oz heavy cream

Is this really the best we can do as a profession?  Coffee liqueur and heavy cream? 

Steve Clowney

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But I see the possibility there is a theme here, whether one cares for it or not; after all, The Big Lebowski (whose cinematic exploits center around the bailment of a rug) preferred White Russians as his cocktail of choice, and a White Russian is, after all, vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream ...

Posted by: Julia Belian | Apr 3, 2009 11:13:28 AM

I think maybe the best thing to do would be to come up with good names for property drinks, and then to come up with palatable recipes. Maybe "The Dirt Lawyer" for the transactional folks. Or "The Negative Externality" for the law and econ folks -- this one would probably have grain alcohol in it. Could also have "The Feudal Tenant", which would be a low-rent version of the Landed Gentry - speed-rail rum, Bosco coffee syrup, and milk.

Posted by: Ben Barros | Apr 3, 2009 12:07:06 PM

I've put out an all-call (or maybe a "last call") to various students to do exactly as you suggest -- start with the names and then invent the drinks. We're certain there must be a Blackacre, and of course, a Fee Simple Absolut ... I suspect that of all their assignments, this is one they might finish early! I'll let you know what we/they come up with.

Posted by: Julia Belian | Apr 8, 2009 4:43:09 AM

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