Chappy Hour: The Bruléed Gimlet + Lady Crawford

January 5, 2017 by Tan Light

In her second collection of poetry, Lady Crawford (Palimpsest Press), Julie Cameron Gray discusses women in high-society marriages, and the heartbreaking ramifications of a life spent in parties. Our mixologist Tan mixes the "burn" of marital loneliness with a bruléed citrus gin drink, and pairs it with "The Legend of Zelda," a poem mixing the woes of Zelda Fitzgerald with probably the best video game of all time (and we will fight you on this).

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“Heartbreaking, drunken, and lavish” is how Julie Cameron Grey’s latest collection has been described. Lady Crawford (Palimpsest Press) is a sumptuous collection of society life – a world filled with cocktails, parties and art. Yet these poems also reveal the toll marriage takes on independence and identity.

My selection this month includes “The Legend of Zelda”, and so I thought I would pair this collection with a play on Z’s drink of choice – the gin gimlet. 

The Cocktail


What You Need:

For The Bruléed Citrus

  • 1 large pink grapefruit, 1 lemon and 1 lime, each cut in half
  • 4 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon White Sugar

For The Cocktail

  • 3 oz Gin
  • Juice from 1 half of each fruit (2-3 oz)
  • 3 oz Club Soda or Tonic Water
  • Thyme For Garnish


What To Do:

For The Bruléed Citrus

  1. Place each half fruit side up on a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix the brown and white sugar together, then spoon onto each of the fruit halves, covering the fruit.
  3. Broil in oven about 10 minutes or until the sugar beings to caramelize turning a deep amber brown.
  4. Remove from oven and let cool.

For The Cocktail

  1. Add gin and juice to cocktail shaker
  2. Stir lightly to combine.
  3. Pour into chilled cocktail glasses.
  4. Top off your cocktail with club soda or tonic.
  5. Garnish with thyme.

The Book



While we can't promise more video game references, the rest of Lady Crawford is not one to miss: check out our longer excerpt, see Julie Cameron Gray read from the collection, and finally, make sure to check out the book.

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