Happy Halloween! I’m still prepping for our next official set of recipes (a couple of gin cocktails), but in the meantime, and since gin is already on my mind, here’s a recipe not present in Just Cocktails, along with a pleasant variant thereof.

I. Today’s recipe


1/3 Gin
1/3 Italian Vermouth
1/3 Campari
Garnish with orange.

(I’ll get to the variant further in).

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Welcome back! Today we’ll be talking about a kissing cousin of the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan. Fortunately (both for my rambling tendencies and your reading pleasure), Manhattans are worlds easier to prepare, and I won’t need to go into such exhaustive detail this time around.

I. Today’s recipes

1/2 Rye Whiskey
1/2 Italian Vermouth
1 dash Orange Bitters
Serve with a Maraschino Cherry.

Manhattan (No. 2)
2/3 Bourbon
1/3 Italian Vermouth
Add a dash of Angostura Bitters and a cherry.

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Welcome back! Before we get into the drinks proper, let’s take a quick look at the overall structure of W.C. Whitfield’s Just Cocktails, as well as how each of these posts will be loosely organized.

I. Structural integrity

Just Cocktails divides itself into five major sections, as follows:

Cock Tales & Cocktails ~ Old Favorites
“Pretty” Cocktails ~ The More Colorful Ones
“Epicurean” Cocktails ~ The Cordials and Such
“Favorite Sons” ~ Of Purely Local Fame
Cocktails of the Gay Nineties ~ Old-Timers (ed. note: this is referring to the eighteen-nineties)

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Then to the Flowing Bowl did I adjourn,
My lips the Secret Well of Life to learn,
And lip to lip it murmur’d – “While you live,
Drink! – for once dead you never shall return.”

– Omar Khayyam.

1. The Etymology.

I’ve always liked making up words (see here followed by here, if you must). Even though the art/craft of cocktails already has a commonly accepted word – mixology – I don’t see any harm in giving it a synonym, and if said synonym happens to be a bit more impenetrable and anachronistic, what’s the harm? Also, “spiriturgy” is going to stand out waaaay more on a Google search, and that’s just good ol’ new-fashioned 21st-century brand savvy.

Thus, spiriturgy (n.) – the study of mixing spirits with other things to make a composite thing that you subsequently drink.

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Hello everyone,

First, a bit of news, if you haven’t looked at your URL yet. I checked a while ago and found, to my surprise, that “evancartwright.com” was miraculously unoccupied by any of my doppelgängers out there. As such, I registered the domain myself, and now you can find this very site at


whenever you like. Much easier to remember! Don’t worry, the old WordPress URL also still functions, so you don’t have to update a bookmark if you’re too lazy to do so.

I’ll spare you the usual self-flagellation over how remiss I’ve been in providing any updates.  In optimistic news, though, I have an idea for a new series I’m quite excited about, so hopefully that’ll start showing itself sooner rather than later.

Thanks as always for visiting, and stay tuned!


I was out to dinner with friends this evening, so no time to draw a proper comic! But in its stead, here is an old whiteboard drawing (like, last week) that peeks at how I occasionally battle against stress in the workplace.

Have we all been there? We’ve probably all been there.

As I write this, I’m sipping on a cup of orange-infused coffee from a local brunchery called Orange (imaginative, I know). I woke up with a hankering for it and a muted desire to make my own bean juice as per usual, and the discovery that they sell it to-go has started the morning on a particularly positive note.

I have a series of posts to write, since there are a few things I’ve meant to put up here since 2012 began. Clichéd as it is, a resolution of mine was to start using this thing again, and although it’s taken nearly a month, here we go.

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Two weeks ago (okay, yes, attending to this blog with any regularity is still a habit I’m struggling to develop), I had an odd sort of evening.

In July a co-worker made me aware of a big Barnes & Noble sale on Criterion Collection films – so, me being me, I spent a chunk of change on some fancy artsy films (most of which I haven’t seen before – I’m daring like that). Weeks later, I still haven’t gotten around to most of them, but the first one I did sit and watch was Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

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