Monday, February 27, 2012

Somewhere East of Eden

John Steinbeck died on this day in 1902.  Most of us remember reading the Grapes of Wrath, or Of Mice and Men while in school.  Steinbeck, always the champion of the  underdog, the downtrodden and the disenfranchised, wrote of the American farmers during the Dust Bowl, the homeless, workers at factories before the unions and migrant workers.  It was a different America during Steinbeck’s time, but in some ways so much the same.

"The bank is something more than men, I tell you. It's the monster. Men made it, but they can't control it."  - John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

     The Historical Inebriant:  Grapes of Wrath


  • 3 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 oz cranberry juice
  • 2 oz grape juice
  • 1 oz Coca-Cola®
  • 1 splash pineapple juice
Fill collins glass with ice. Pour blue curacao and vodka into the glass. Fill 3/4 of the glass with 1/2 cranberry juice and 1/2 grape juice. Then fill the rest of the glass with coke. Add a splash of pineapple at the top and then shake thoroughly.

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