CHAPTER 2 | A BOOK & A BEVERAGE
Having not read this book since high school, I anticipated having a fresh appreciation for this powerful and often described as, manifesto. As a new father, the first letter resonated deeply but it was Baldwin's second letter which hit home. Always a straight shooter, James Baldwin never dissappointed when it came to dropping universal nuggets. I decided to share my favorite quote from "My Dungeon Shook" which I believe carries timeless truth - even though it was penned over 53 years ago.
Heavy stuff, right? I think this would be a good time to make a drink. For Chapter 2, you will be making a, Brown Derby. An extremely simple yet delicious mixture of Kentucky bourbon, grapefruit and yes, molasses. Cold and extremely refreshing, I found it to be an ideal beverage, for easing the flames and emotions "The Fire Next Time" ignites.
Makes 1 Cocktail
2 oz. pink grapefruit juice
1 1⁄2 oz. Kentucky bourbon, preferably Four Roses Single Barrel
1⁄2 oz. molasses (not blackstrap)
Combine juice, bourbon, and molasses in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass; serve immediately.