In today’s Orange County Register online, I take a break from classical music and celebrities to write about drink. Here’s an excerpt.


Imagine my consternation the other day, when, after a hard day’s work and a night in Mission Viejo facing me, I discovered that, though I had almost a full bottle of gin in the pantry, there was not a drop of vermouth in the house.

We Mangans are a proud race, however. When things look their bleakest is when we spring into action. A brilliant idea crossed my mind. It ran something like this: There must be other drinks you can make with gin besides martinis. (Or gin and tonics – because, sadly, we had no tonic water either.)

Maybe I could make one.

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