Every year, the American Library Association releases a list of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of the previous year. This year, I am setting a personal goal to read all 10 of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020, and I'd like to invite you to join me.
A year ago, Mary and I began Briarbook Lane, and I began to post here on my little corner of the site. It's been a real roller-coaster of a year; a lot happening in the world, and a lot happening with me, personally. What did this first year of blogging here look like for me? Let's take a look, and consider what to expect moving into the second year of this blog.
Sugar & Tea & Rum
"Soon May the Wellerman Come" aka "The Wellerman" is a sea shanty originating from New Zealand which has had a recent resurgence in popularity this year thanks to a video of the song which sparked a TikTok sea shanty trend. You can read more about the song here. As the chorus includes the lyrics "soon may the Wellerman come, to bring us sugar and tea and rum," I couldn't help but be inspired to create a cocktail in honor of this shanty.
What was a vague inkling transitioned quickly to a need to craft my own "sugar and tea and rum" cocktail when I saw artist Nikki Dee Miller's design (pictured here; click on the picture for a link to her merch featuring this design).
Keep reading below for the full recipe for my take on The Wellerman.
A Themed Drink for Tales of Asperran
I just finished listening to the Whispering Lakes storyline (episodes 11-24) of the Tales of Asperran podcast. Tales of Asperran is a D&D 5e actual-play podcast set in the titular homebrew world of Asperran, a setting designed by Mike (the gamemaster). One of my favorite events in this story arc has inspired this cocktail. I will try not to spoil anything in case anyone else is as terribly behind in this fabulous podcast as I am, but I will briefly explain my inspiration and provide full directions to make this cocktail below.
The Perfect Cocktail for a Pathfinder Private Eye
I created my first version of the Araklast Investigations cocktail last year as part of a series of cocktails I crafted to represent each of the player characters in my ongoing Rise of the Runelords Pathfinder campaign. This is the cocktail inspired by my own PC, a psychic detective investigator named Danielle Araklast. Dani is the daughter of a spice merchant who runs her own private investigation service, Araklast Investigations, in her home city of Magnimar. Unfortunately, as part of the events surrounding her latest investigation into a series of apparently ritualized murders, Dani's small one-bedroom apartment/office was burned to the ground.
The Araklast Investigations cocktail draws on the spice of the Araklast family's merchant trade, the coffee and whiskey that are staples for long stake-outs and hours piecing together clues, and the smoke that is all that remains of the physical location of its namesake.
Throwback Thursday Presents:
Elizabeth Wilcox. Writer, Avid Role-Player, Amateur Mixologist. Survivor.