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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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Sep. 8th, 2017 02:31 pm (UTC)
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make that a double !!
; )))
Sep. 8th, 2017 06:57 pm (UTC)
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Gladly! We can't let Zillah drink alone--that bottle is nearly as big as she is.
Sep. 8th, 2017 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Sep. 8th, 2017 03:34 pm (UTC)
That is a pretty bottle!
Sep. 8th, 2017 06:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't it! I love looking at it.
Sep. 9th, 2017 02:19 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!
Sep. 9th, 2017 07:51 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!
Sep. 12th, 2017 03:38 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.
Sep. 13th, 2017 08:54 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)
Sep. 9th, 2017 02:52 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.
Sep. 9th, 2017 07:52 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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