by Clark Theriot
Last summer you learned how to make: the perfect cocktail. Today, you place ice in the clear glass. You pour the vodka freely… “Oh,” perhaps, the person from last summer, really did have a point in measuring the shots?
1. Last summer, the person mixed in an entire eleven oz. can of mandarins between the two glasses.
2. Placed a silver spoon and pushed the mandarin against the inside of the glass, round and round. The person smiled sweetly, each of you anticipated… The cocktails would again be placed next to the mattress on the floor in the front room. The person turned off the front stoop light.
3. Round and round you were on top of the person, then person on top of you, dampness dripped. Bodies pulsated, stopped— when one or both needed to gulp the icy treat. That perfect summer cocktail took you both to another place.
Today, as one, you have almost all of the ingredients for a perfect summer cocktail.