In the Wednesday, Santa Barbara Independent, skilled food & beverage scribe George Yatchisin - we do enjoy his writing - asked a few local bartenders to create a poetry inspired cocktail. The article is called,
"I Drink, Therefore Iamb" and can be found at the Independent's web site.
Here's the best part, we think:
Bars Serve Up Verse-Inspired Cocktails for Poetry Month
"Mandy Chinn, manager and head bartender at Sly’s, went for a bit more teenaged appeal: “I chose ‘Not Waving, but Drowning’ because it was one that I memorized for a dramatic reading assignment in high school and I’ve never forgotten it. It’s so melancholy and sort of melodramatic … which the 17-year-old me totally was.” Her drink is a riff on a Negroni, “but is like its more clinically depressed cousin,” with gin, Luxardo Amaro, dry sherry, and orange bitters. Then there’s the perfectly apropos drowned orange peel at glass’s bottom."
Mandy adds that the halcyon poem may have been depressing, but the cocktail is most definitely not! It's a great combination of flavors with a grilled steak, as the amaro plays off the flavors from the hot grill. Come in and try "Not Waving but Drowning" at Sly's -- and sample Mandy's dark side.