Edgar Allen Poe, the American poet and short story writer was born on this day in 1809. A visionary who invented the detective story and mastered the art of the macabre died at age 40. The story goes it was an overdose of Laudanum, a popular drink of its time as was its younger sister Absinthe, that caused his early death.
Laudanum’s recipe is simple: take one part Opium, dissolve into ten parts
alcohol and add sugar to taste. It’s the type of drink to have when you want a bit of a kick, but don’t plan on having more than one.
Typically Laudanum would be THI’s choice as drink of the day, but we realize how hard it is to get good Laudanum in 2012. Instead, lets toast with a drink that is normally left on Poe’s grave on this day. Remember to light a candle and sip slowly.
The Historical Inebriant: Cognac
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