Welcome to the associated blog of Thinking Plainly’s first ‘Literary Drinks’ YouTube videos!
Dombey and Son
Solomon looked a little graver as he finished his dinner, and glanced from time to time at the boy’s bright face. When dinner was done, and the cloth was cleared away (the entertainment had been brought from a neighbouring eating-house), he lighted a candle, and went down below into a little cellar, while his nephew, standing on the mouldy staircase, dutifully held the light. After a moment’s groping here and there, he presently returned with a very ancient-looking bottle, covered with dust and dirt.
“Why, Uncle Sol!” said the boy, “what are you about? That’s the wonderful Madeira! – there’s only one more bottle!”
Uncle Sol nodded his head, implying that he knew very well what he was about; and having drawn the cork in solemn silence, filled two glasses and set the bottle and a third clean glass on the table.
“You shall drink the other bottle Wally,” he said, “when you have come to good fortune; when you are a thriving, respected, happy man; when the start in life you have made to-day shall have brought you, as I pray Heaven it may! – to a smooth part of the course you have to run, my child. My love to you!”
Day after day, old Sol and Captain Cuttle kept her reckoning in the little back parlour and worked out her course, with the chart spread before them on the round table. At night, when old Sol climbed upstairs, so lonely, to the attic where it sometimes blew great guns, he looked up at the stars and listened to the wind, and kept a longer watch than would have fallen to his lot on board the ship. The last bottle of the old Madeira, which had had its cruising days, and known its dangers of the deep, lay silently beneath its dust and cobwebs, in the meanwhile, undisturbed.
- 10 wine glasses of Madeira
- 2/3 wine glass brandy
- 4 wine glasses water
- Add peel of a small lemon cut thin.
- Sweeten to taste.
- Grate nutmeg over the surface.
A modern twist
- 10ml Grenadine
- 20ml Triple Sec
- 20ml Madeira
- 75ml Brandy
- An egg yolk
I really would have loved to have tired Negus and Porter too but perhaps another time… in fact, I’m sure in future videos we will come back to Dickens again. There is so much to explore that it would be criminal to ignore the many other drinks, especially with this fantastic guide to hand.
So that is it for now. Hope you enjoyed our first video. We are learning and experimenting as we go so remember this is just for fun and if you have any recommendations for books we should look at, and drinks you would like to see made, please let us know!