There’s a reason why I sit at the bar.
The last dinner we had at a neighborhood spot was not choice. Though I like this restaurant a lot, we made the mistake of sitting at a table. It’s because there was a 45 minute wait for the bar and I let myself be lured to a ready table for two. I’m glad they were busy on a Thursday night (and they admitted their surprise) as it means their business is not in danger of shuttering, but I know we got caught in the crosshairs: The waiter’s handwriting was in the weeds so I got a “dirty” martini when all I wanted was a dry one.
Also, when you sit at the bar you get to be oblivious to most of the slow-poke awkward waitstaff situations as your transactions take place with the bartender, who usually has her shit together. And you are poised to be in a position to get some inside scoops! Like the time Zelma, bartender extraordinaire of the old Admiral’s Inn Bar, revealed the ingredients for her sublime Planter’s Punch.
Yeah, I know there are children starving in Africa and the Syrians are under constant bombardment by their government, and the Chinese under threat of prison for speaking their mind: First world problems are nothing compared to the turmoil and suffering of the rest of the world. So best not to unleash any more problems into the universe and just sit at the bar.
Zelma’s Planter’s Punch
(Zelma never revealed the quantity of ingredients so the Boyfriend had to figure them out)
The ingredients *
lime juice (freshly squeezed, please!)
creme de cacao
nutmeg, freshly grated
fruit garnish, cantalopue wedge
* ingredient amounts in descending order
1. Mix all your ingredients. Chill. You could also freeze a huge chunk of ice, put it in your punch bowl and pour the punch over it.
2. Finish off each glass with a dash of myers rum (that’s what makes it planters according to Zelma) and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg and cantaloupe wedge.
To freeze a huge hunk of ice: Pour water half way (or more depending on your punch bowl capacity) in a medium-sized stainless steel bowl and freeze.