Part of the reason I am able to drum up the time to keep this blog is that I don’t have a television. No television, no cable, no wasted time staring at the flashing lights—which, when presented with a TV in a bar or other locale, is exactly what I do. If you’ve seen Land of the Dead, just picture me as one of the zombies during a fireworks show: slack-jawed and transfixed by the purty colors.
One of the major exceptions to this rule is movies. I love them. There are over 200 movies in my Netflix queue. I am generally ignorant when it comes to celebrity gossip, but put on a movie starring Cary Grant, Marcello Mastroianni or Paul Newman and you might as well have put Super Glue on my chair.
There’s a little gem of a movie called Kiss Them For Me that most people haven’t seen, being neither the dramatic critique nor the light-hearted comedy that it was variously imagined to be and is, therefore, largely forgotten. It stars Cary Grant as the dashing Commander Crewson, a Navy pilot in 1944 San Francisco on leave with three of his friends. Produced in 1957, Grant wanted to use the film to highlight the illness that developed among veterans—later known officially as PTSD—while the studio was set on making another screwball Operation Petticoat-style comedy set against America’s heroic engagement in World War II. Grant’s performance as the witty, fast-talking and snidely war-weary pilot is delightful. As the comedic chaos builds we find Crewson in a bar, where he sidles up and orders: “Stingers, and keep them coming.”
2 oz brandy
1 oz white créme de menthe
Shake well over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
As Paul points out, this drink was very popular amongst soldiers during World War II. Recipes vary widely, but I happen to be a big fan of mint so the 2:1 ratio suits me just fine. This is a resoundingly simple drink to make, but the combination is a classic. It’s a delightful winter warmer (not that I’d know anything about that, as it is presently in the 90s here) and would certainly make a tasty end to a Thanksgiving meal.