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Quatre ans en revue 

Le printemps érable 

Ça fait deux ans depuis le début du printemps érable, et bien que j’aie quitté le Québec avant la folie de l’été 2012, j’étais assez chanceux d’être à Montréal pendant la grande manifestation du 22 mars. Ce cocktail est inspiré par les manifestant(e)s qui ont débordé la rue, ainsi que le sirop duquel ce mouvement a pris son nom et le carré rouge qui a servi comme son symbole.

2 oz. Cognac 
1/4 oz. Vermouth rouge
1/2 oz. Sirop d’érable
2-3 Gouttes des amères 

Remplir un verre “old fashioned” avec de la glace et ajouter l’alcool et les amères. Garnir avec une cerise marasquin.

Four Years in Review 

(Trigger warning: This post contains content related to the Arts Undergraduate Society, and may induce nausea and/or psychological trauma) 


March 2012 marks the only point in McGillian history where there was both genuine interest and mass participation in the politics of the Arts Faculty. Those who attended this six hour house of horrors, or watched it online, recall with anger and exasperation the staggering (and continuous) incompetence of the AUS. This cocktail is designed to help erase the harrowing recollections of that fateful strike vote.

3 oz. Rye whiskey
1 oz. Becherovka or Jagermeister 
1/4 oz. Absinthe 
3-4 dashes of Angostura bitters (don’t be tempted by small batch artisanal bitters, they’re an expensive sham)
1/2 teaspoon of sugar

In an old fashioned glass, muddle the sugar and bitters with a splash of water until the sugar dissolves. Fill with ice and add the remaining ingredients. There will not be enough room in the glass for the liquor, so steal another one from an unsuspecting student organization. Drink until student politics become bearable.

I wonder if McGill knows that it’s against fire code to block emergency exits, even passive aggressively.

I wonder if McGill knows that it’s against fire code to block emergency exits, even passive aggressively.

Four Years in Review

The #6Party

Of all the crazy shenanigans that took place during my time here, #6Party constitutes the undisputed pinnacle of McGillian activism and ridiculousness. I therefore dedicate this beverage to the occupiers, protesters, counter-protesters, and the “silent majority” who made 2012 a year to remember.

1/2 oz. Rye whiskey 
1/2 oz. Tequila
1/2 oz. Vodka
1/2 oz. Triple sec
1/2 oz. Drambuie (use honey whiskey if unavailable)
1/2 oz. Dark or spiced rum
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice (NOT from a plastic lime)
Ginger beer

Fill a Collins glass with ice, then add the alcohol and lime juice. Top with ginger beer, stir to combine and garnish with a lime wedge.

Much like parking meters, unoccupied library seats expire after one hour. 

Much like parking meters, unoccupied library seats expire after one hour. 

Four Years in Review

The November 10tini (2011)

The undisputed forerunner to #6party, the riots and occupation of November 10 were the initial catalyst for what would later become McGill Memes. This libation is an homage to those who witnessed this cataclysmic event, which was difficult given the abundance of tear gas and pepper spray in the air. 

1 1/2 oz. Tanqueray 10 
1/2 oz. Black pepper vodka
1/4 oz. Dry vermouth (the dryer the better)

For the pepper vodka: Add two tablespoons of cracked peppercorns to a 750 ml bottle of vodka and steep for a week.

Place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and stir for 30 seconds (never shake a martini). Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a skewered cocktail onion. For a festive flair, use miniature police batons instead of toothpicks!

Four Years in Review

The first protest I ever saw at McGill took place after the admin closed the Arch Cafe in MacDonald-Harrington. What stuck me was both the bitterness and effervescence of the demonstration, combining student outrage with music and performance. This cocktail emulates that bubbly and bittersweet moment. 

The Arch Cafe Campari (2010)

2 oz. Campari
1 oz. Rosemary simple syrup 
Soda water

For the rosemary syrup: Combine one cup of sugar and one cup of water in a saucepan. Add 2-3 sprigs of crushed fresh rosemary. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes then set aside to cool. 

Fill a Collins glass with crushed ice, then add the Campari and syrup. Top up the glass with soda water. Stir to combine and garnish with a lemon wedge and sprig of rosemary.

Arguing with your TA to change your grade 

Trying to get a document from Service Point

Trying to get a document from Service Point

Anonymous asked: Hey, I'm deciding between McGill and a couple other schools for next year, and I was wondering how gay life is on campus?

Campus life is gay life

As classes wind down and we gear up for exams, the time has come to look back on the 2013-2014 school year. However, since this is my last semester at McGill, I have decided to forego a traditional “Year in Review”. Instead, I will look back on my four years at this truly formative institution. So kick back and raise your glass to the milestones of McGill’s foray into the second decade of the 21st century. 

First up: The SSMUburgh (2010) 

This drink is crafted in honor of SSMU’s most handsome president and consummate politician, who like many millennials nearly lost his job over a half-baked start-up. 

2 oz. tequila
1 oz. triple sec
Juice of half a lime
Dash of liquid smoke
Pickled okra for garnish

Shake all the liquid ingredients vigorously over ice. Serve on the rocks in a salt rimmed margarita glass and garnish with the pickled okra. Just like Zach Newburgh, this libation is smokey, sweet, salty and slimy!



Getting out of bed to go to your last conference