I feel like this was some kind of early April Fool’s joke.

On Wednesday, I received an e-mail from a name I didn’t recognize with this blog’s title as its subject line. Oooh, actual fan correspondence??! Long-awaited invitation to make cocktails with Rachel Maddow on her show?? Sychophantic booze publicist?

Here’s what the e-mail said: “Hi Rose, I just posted an article on my blog entitled ‘Cinco de Mayo: 12 Innovative Margarita Recipes to Try.’ Anyway I figured I’d bring it to your attention in case you thought it interesting enough to drop a quick mention on your site about it as I’m trying to increase readership of my blog. Either way, thanks for your time!”

The e-mail included a link to said site. I refuse to actually link to it here, but what’s relevant to the story is, it’s not a cocktail website. It’s a GO TO MARKETING SCHOOL website –┬ásubtitle: “Search 90+ Online Masters in Marketing Degrees” — and then the home page is just a bunch of icons that link to, like, University of Phoenix and stuff. But there is, in fact, a “blog” tab on the front page, a blog whose stories not only include Cinco de Mayo recipes but also such tidbitiness as “Quick, Healthy and Tasty Meals for Busy People” and “Top 50 Vintage Accessories Blogs” and “3 Ways to Reprogram Your Brain.” Wtf?

I think what ruffles me most about this is: 1) Wouldn’t any halfway-decent marketing person know that offering to reciprocate the blog-linking request is the best way to get me to agree? 2) Cinco de Mayo’s more than a month away, duh! 3) Shit like this reminds me of what a seedy place the Interwebs can be, and now I want to take a shower.

My April Fool’s to you? It’s not much of an April Fool’s, really; it’s just that I’m giving you for today’s recipe another Stinger variation to go with the one yesterday. There, I tricked you… into drinking more creme de menthe!

The Dixie Stinger

(Adapted from The Bartender’s Bible: 1001 Mixed Drinks And Everything You Need to Know to Set Up Your Bar by Gary Regan)

3 ounces Buffalo Trace bourbon

1/2 ounce white creme de menthe

Combine ingredients in a highball over ice and stir.

Tasting Notes:

The original recipe for this also calls for a key ingredient that I chose to leave out, a half-ounce of Southern Comfort. I refuse to keep Southern Comfort in the house. It’s fine without it. Why ruin good bourbon?

As you can see from the photos here, I actually didn’t put this on the rocks. Honestly, a Dixie Stinger’s not a bad change-up for a habitual Manhattan drinker, and I like those served up as well. It’s also, as you’ve probably figured out by now, like a julep without the actual mint leaves. Another trompe-la-bouche!

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