Five cock­tails hon­our five queer icons

NOW Magazine - Pride - - Contents - By GRA­HAM DUN­CAN

WHAT: Taboo Gen­uine-Ab­sinthe IN HON­OUR OF: Os­car Wilde

WHERE: Ver­non, BC WHY: Ab­sinthe’s his­tor­i­cal rep­u­ta­tion for in­duc­ing ir­ra­tional and las­civ­i­ous be­hav­iour is abet­ted by its worm­wood con­tent. Worm­wood con­tains the psy­choac­tive com­pound thu­jone. Con­tem­po­rary wis­dom as­serts that if you drank as much ab­sinthe as Os­car Wilde did, your fucked-upped­ness/wast­ed­ness* would be en­tirely at­trib­ut­able to another mind-al­ter­ing sub­stance called al­co­hol. This qual­ity, all-nat­u­ral, Cana­dian-made ab­sinthe is a great way to get your Green Fairy party started. But please note its 60 per cent al­co­hol con­tent and thin it ac­cord­ingly with wa­ter or your Pride will surely goeth with a fall. *Wast­ed­ness is the more po­lite op­tion but fucked up seems to be the rare term that ap­plies equally to be­ing drunk or high. PRICE: 500 ml/$59.95

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: At se­lected Vin­tages out­lets (prod­uct #162099)

WHAT: Pol Roger Brut Cham­pagne IN HON­OUR OF: Cole Porter

WHERE: Cham­pagne, France WHY: “Gay and bi­sex­ual ac­tiv­ity, Ital­ian no­bil­ity, cross-dress­ing, in­ter­na­tional mu­si­cians and a large sur­plus of recre­ational drugs.” A per­fect Pride party? Nope. Just another night at Cole Porter’s place, ac­cord­ing to a bi­og­ra­pher. And don’t be­lieve any of that crap about his get­ting no kick from cham­pagne. Gal­lons of the stuff, dahlings! The Pol, with its bread bas­ket of aro­mas, stim­u­lat­ing cit­rus and wide­spread LCBO avail­abil­ity is your proper Pride pop­per. PRICE: 750 ml/$59.95

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: At most liquor stores (prod­uct #217158)

WHAT: Ice­berg Vodka IN HON­OUR OF: Rock Hud­son

WHERE: St. John’s, New­found­land WHY: Fea­ture this: after film­ing the fight scene in Gi­ant, one of the most mag­nif­i­cently butch scraps in Hol­ly­wood his­tory, Rock Hud­son might re­tire to his trailer in the company of none other than El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, where­upon they would con­coct and con­sume that con­sum­mate girlie drink the choco­late mar­tini. They just don’t make clos­ets like that any more. But you can make drinks like that. Start with the Cana­dian-made, Cana­dian-owned, su­per­smooth Ice­berg vodka. PRICE: 750 ml/$25.40

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: At most liquor stores (prod­uct #400754)

WHAT: Jim Beam Bour­bon IN HON­OUR OF: Bruce LaBruce

WHERE: Clare­mont, Ken­tucky WHY: As his punk/gay porno cin­e­matic oeu­vre would sug­gest, Bruce LaBruce has never been one for com­pro­mise. So it comes as no sur­prise that he has pro­claimed, in a Drink Up ex­clu­sive, that the boil­er­maker is his poi­son. A straight-up bour­bon, downed in one, chased by a beer is def­i­nitely hard­core. You don’t need to get all fancy-pants, sin­gle-bar­rel, small-batchy ar­ti­sanal here; just good, solid, re­li­able find-it-ev­ery­where whiskey. Make this your Pride money shot. PRICE: 750 ml/$25.95

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: At most liquor stores

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WHAT: Vino Dei Poeti Prosecco IN HON­OUR OF: Peaches

WHERE: Veneto, Italy WHY: The Bellini is made of equal parts sparkling wine and puréed peaches. Sort of like if dance provo­ca­teur Peaches and Bub­bles from the Trailer Park Boys had a love child. (You heard it here first.) In keep­ing with the drink’s Ital­ian roots, the sparkling por­tion should be Prosecco like this re­fresh­ing, re­li­ably bal­anced ren­di­tion by Bot­tega. If you find your­self a lit­tle worse for wear on the Pride morn­ing-after, the Bellini would def­i­nitely be a good way to drink away the pain. PRICE: 750 ml/$13.35

AVAIL­ABIL­ITY: At most liquor stores (prod­uct #897702)

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