Drink of Laughter and Forgetting


Dear Cheeto Mussolini, they’re not laughing with us, they’re laughing at us.

The UN General Assembly rightly scoffed at Trump’s claim to have accomplished more than any president of the US today. Even Fox News would have had trouble keeping a straight face for that one.

On the heels on my last cocktail post, The Truth, today called for something to note our laughingstock leader. The Truth came from Frederic Yarm at Cocktail Virgin, and the best choice tonight also comes Frederic, just from seven years earlier.

Today will be much easier to swallow if you wash it down with the Drink of Laughter and Forgetting cocktail. Hailing from Cure in New Orleans, and created by Mike Yusko, the cocktail makes a nice follow up to The Truth as it is also a low-alcohol drink with a Cynar base.

Adding to the fun is its play on The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Czechoslovakian writer Milan Kundera…and it was written in 1980 behind the Iron Curtain around the time the Russians began cultivating Trump as an asset.

This is actually a great drink for a Tuesday night, especially when trying not to think about the orange buffoon. The Drink of Laughter and Forgetting is:

1.5 oz Cynar

.5 oz green Chartreuse

.75 oz lime juice

.5 oz demerara syrup (I used .25 oz demerara gum syrup)

14 drops of Angostura bitters (Orinoco bitters)

Shake with ice, strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a spritz of Angostura


Before the After


For reasons long forgotten, two mighty warrior tribes went to war, and touched off a blaze which engulfed them all. Without fuel they were nothing. They’d built a house of straw. The thundering machines sputtered and stopped. Their leaders talked and talked and talked. But nothing could stem the avalanche. Their world crumbled… — “The Road Warrior” (1981) Opening Narration 

Every great (and not so great) dystopian movie or book sets its stage, providing background for how society, civilization, or the planet came to the state in which the story takes place.

This is often some time in the future, and works better in some stories than others. We are now only one year away from the Los Angeles of 1982’s Blade Runner. However, it is worth remembering that Roy Batty and his gang of Replicants all had incept dates in 2016. Coincidence?

Today, as every single person Trump picks for his administration seems chosen for their ability to dismantle the agency to which they are appointed — and Trump himself works to dismantle the world order that has existed for at least the past half century — it does feel as if we are living through the backstory of the next dystopian blockbuster.

The construct of “for reasons long forgotten,” like that in The Road Warrior, is often used for that backstory. However, it has me wanting to shout “No! The reasons were important. Don’t forget about us!” In a sense, though, Amy Siskind’s The Weekly List is documenting those steps toward wandering in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

So before America is entirely the dominion of corrupt oligarchs, with our cities in dust, make time for one more kiss and have a Mad Max cocktail.

Just like Roy Batty, 2016 is the incept date of this cocktail, from Kingfish in New Orleans. Although I don’t recall having a Mad Max, I had a great time at Kingfish in July 2016 while in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. The food and the drinks were terrific.

Via Kindred Cocktail, the Mad Max is:

1 oz rye

1 oz Cynar

1 oz Aperol

orange twist

Stir, strain, twist