The Old Salt

Hello honey lambs,

It’s been awhile since I’ve written to you. But here I am, here I am.

This morning, a friend of mine was telling me about the kind of man she thinks I need. (Not that I need a man at all.  But if I’m going to be with one, she wants to set some parameters.)

She said: you need a man who will find some records from the local record store (or his own collection). They would be from the ‘40’s, the era of crooners and jazz. Maybe he would bring Ella Fitzgerald or Louis Armstrong, or maybe he would surprise you with something more current, by Prince. I mean, everyone knows you love Prince.

And then she said: he needs to be a man who can argue with you about politics, play the old records, take you to an art museum where he pauses at the beauty of just that one painting that he cannot live without, and finally, he stands in your kitchen and makes you a homemade old fashioned.

We make so much out of compatibility—how much energy do people spend every year trying to find their perfect match? But really, maybe compatibility is about passion, kindness, and listening.   And maybe now, more than ever, we need to be very kind to one another.

It was also just St. Patrick’s Day, and how that day makes me miss my gran. You remember the story of gran, right? The woman who fought for social justice and taught me to be a rabble rouser from the time I was three years old. That gran was as Irish as they come, and her fiery spirit runs through me.  She told me her picked my grandfather because he was “fun and had a big heart.” As always, I should take a note from her.

So to honor both my love for the Old Fashioned (and the future partner who might make it for me), and my gran, here are two recipes:

How to Make an Old Fashioned (with muddled fruit)

  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1 Orange wheel
  • 1 Maraschino cherry
  • A splash of club soda (or water)
  • 2 oz. of bourbon(The best you can afford.)

1) Find an Old Fashion glass (because after all, without the right glass size, the drink won’t seem correct) and muddle the bitters, sugar, fruit, and splash of soda or water.

2) Remove the orange rind, and cherry stem if you haven’t already.

3) Add the bourbon and fill with ice.

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Anna March is the founder and publisher of Roar. She writes regularly for Salon. Her novel and essay collection are forthcoming. You can learn more about her at or follow her on twitter @annamarch.

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