Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Society Charter

After a motion duly made and seconded, this past Wednesday in the year of our Lord 2009 in the place of the Ice House of Herndon; we do hereby form the Classic Cocktails Society. Said society, hereafter referred to simply as “The Society”, shall meet as its members see fit, from time to time, though no less than once each month or more than twice in a given month.

Membership may be expanded as we see fit. Guests may be welcome as we see fit.

Our charter is simple. The Society shall celebrate the cocktail in all its glory. Through careful research, experimentation, hard work, the finest ingredients, the spirit of competition and camaraderie, and the inevitable hang-over, we shall revive the art and grandeur of the cocktail.

Beer is fine, wine is too. But the cocktail is the highest form of liquid nourishment; nourishing the soul, that is. But too many are the "insert spirit" and tonic, "insert spirit" and soda, "insert spirit" and coke, and other such simple drinks purveyed by modern day bar slingers. We can do better. We must reach higher. We must strive for more.

These words, written in 1939 by the great Charles Baker, serve as our inspiration:

We are still heartily of the opinion that decent libation supports as many million lives as it threatens; donates pleasure and sparkle to more lives than it shadows; inspires more brilliance in the world of art, music, letters, and common ordinary intelligent conversation, than it dims.

-- Charles Baker, The Gentlemen’s Companion

And so it is written. And so it shall be. And so it begins.

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