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slow gin

Actually it's sloe gin, after the dark berries ("her eyes were sloe black") that flavor it, but I've always liked thinking of it as slow gin, moving so leisurely, like this phantasmagoric swan metamorphosing slowly, genie-from-a-bottle style, from? I guess? the still in which the gin was made?

Wakanomori brought this bottle back--full--from England, and I did drink it slowly, in tiny sake cups, but somehow now it's gone! Maybe that means the swan is now free, but I missed its triumphant departure.

pretty label



Image from Edward Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies, this version at goreystore.com.

But was it sloe gin, Zillah? And did you see the swan's broad wings and bandit mask? Swans are bastards, I'm told, but if you fling your arms around their long necks, they may still carry you places--especially you so tiny and they so big.

This entry was originally posted at http://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/862338.html. Comments are welcome at either location.

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pigshitpoet
Sep. 8th, 2017 05:31 pm (UTC)
; )
LOL

make that a double !!
; )))
asakiyume
Sep. 8th, 2017 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: ; )
Gladly! We can't let Zillah drink alone--that bottle is nearly as big as she is.
pigshitpoet
Sep. 9th, 2017 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: ; )
LOL
sartorias
Sep. 8th, 2017 06:34 pm (UTC)
That is a pretty bottle!
asakiyume
Sep. 8th, 2017 09:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't it! I love looking at it.
purplefigtree
Sep. 9th, 2017 05:19 am (UTC)
I've never seen sloe gin (it's cool that you acquired some!) but I pictured it as tinted with dark purple somehow. It's distilled though, so that doesn't make sense. It is a very pretty label!
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2017 10:51 am (UTC)
No, you're right though! It's distilled, but then you add sloes to it and let it sit (like making Japanese plum brandy, or like the vodka I've got in the basement with raspberries in it), and it does turn a color between purple and black!
purplefigtree
Sep. 12th, 2017 06:38 am (UTC)
Bottle is empty, oops. I'm tired lately. I just looked into sloe gin and damson vodka and various things the British (as far as I got) added fruit too, that's a really neat way of preserving summer fruit and making something new and unique to you! I gather sloes are tiny and taste terrible until soaked in gin, when they add something to it, which is pretty neat too.
asakiyume
Sep. 13th, 2017 11:54 am (UTC)
I like how you put it: a great way to preserve summer fruit and make something unique to you! And I agree. I first had raspberry infused vodka when I was a guest at someone's house--it's a great treat to offer people.

ETA: And yeah, about the sloes! That makes it kind of magical.

Edited at 2017-09-13 11:54 am (UTC)
steepholm
Sep. 9th, 2017 05:52 am (UTC)
Have you not made personal acquaintance with the bastardness of swans? I learned that early, as a three-year-old in Kew Gardens trying to feed one a sausage. It didn't end well.
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2017 10:52 am (UTC)
No, I've been spared! I've only seen them looking beautiful and aloof on the water. But I've heard tales....
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