Friday, November 3, 2017

Mystery Weekly Magazine and the 'Surely Holmes' Drink #Sherlock

Today we're joined by Kerry Carter, Editor of the short story compendium, Mystery Weekly Magazine, for a fabulous Drink paired with the magazine's annual Sherlock issue. You won't want to miss this issue -- with stories from Michael Mallory, David Gibb, Eric Cline, John Heart, John Logenbaugh, Bruce Harris and Ralph E. Vaughn -- or the drink. 

We’ve paired our Sherlock Holmes Double Issue with a twist on the classic B&S (Brandy and Soda) and named it the “Surely Holmes”. You may need one of these drinks as you enjoy some of the chilling pastiches, two of which make reference to the B&S. 
In “London After Midnight” by Ralph E. Vaughan, Roger Sherrington replaces John Watson as narrator and sidekick: “I confess, my hand trembled as I reached toward the artifacts, something that usually does not occur unless I am invited to the home of one of my aunts (who usually wants me to meet her latest man-hunting heiress friend) or I run out of liquor. Actually, I could have used a bracing b-and-s at the moment, but Sir Charles looked like a member of the quinine and mineral water brigade.”
Sherlock Holmes was known to drink brandy for medicinal purposes, and kept a gasogene in his sitting room for making soda water. He would also offer brandy to guests to settle their nerves.
If you’re feeling ambitious and can get your hands on an antique gasogene, you can make your own soda, just like Holmes and Watson in John Longenbaugh’s, “The Mechanical Detective”.  Simply fill one of the glass globes with water, and the other with sodium bicarbonate and tartaric acid—but be careful! Gasogenes have been known to explode ...

Surely Holmes

1 oz. Brandy
1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1 oz. Lime Cordial
4 oz. Soda Water
Dash of Grenadine Syrup
Slice of Lime

Mixing Procedure

Place ice into a collins or highball glass, layer lime juice, lime cordial, soda water, brandy, top with a drop of grenadine syrup, and garnish with a slice of lime. Enhance the flavour with smoked cheese and ginger cookies!

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  1. Thanks for posting this! I wanted to add that if you look carefully in the top right of the photo, you can see Sherlock's own gasogene on the cabinet...

    1. That's awesome! I didn't see it until you pointed it out. Thanks to Mystery Weekly for a great post!

  2. Love this picture and the name of the drink, very unique. I would definitely like a Surely Holmes right about now.

  3. What a great post today. I love the cover of the issue and can't wait to make this drink, even though I don't have my own gasogene.....yet.

    1. But surely you ordered one as soon as you saw this photo.

  4. I could use some bravery potion! A modern gasogene is a SodaStream. Melissa

    1. Ha! Then I already have a gasogene and I didn't even know it. Thanks, Melissa!

  5. Tried the drink last night! mmmm mmm! - Wallace

  6. Love the drink and the concept.