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When I asked my wife, Karen, what color she’d paint a horse, she didn’t hesitate. “Red,” she said, “of course.” Perfect, I thought, because when Catherine, in Malcolm Brooks’ masterful Painted Horses, meets her first mare in Montana, she thinks she’s stumbled upon the ghost of a war pony, its stamping legs painted with bands of red and yellow. With that image in mind, I crafted my own Painted Horse. Like a mustang, it’s small, but packs a kick.

Painted Horse #2
Grenadine
Kahlúa
Baileys Irish Cream
Rye

Float carefully, in the order given, by pouring each over the back of a bar spoon into a chilled pony glass. Enjoy!  

 

Jack & Lydia
5 oz. Tsingtao beer
1 oz. Galliano
2 shakes Bar Keep Chinese bitters
Stir all gently with ice. 
Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass.

Summer is everywhere, so our cocktail is a thirst quencher in honor of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. 

Complications arise in her novel when a young, blonde college student marries her Chinese American professor – in 1958. 

While there aren’t many Chinese cocktail ingredients available in the states, Tsingtao beer is one – and beer cocktails this time of year go down easy.

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