Every day a different drink. Not just how to make them, but a detailed review of how they actually taste, photos of the drinks, and stories along the way. Starting from the beginning, The Bartender's Black Book will be our guide, taking us

(and our livers) on a journey from which we may never recover. Cheers!

March 24, 2011

#78: Apple Joll-E Rancher

1 1/2 oz Vodka or Citrus Vodka
1/2 oz Sour Apple Schnapps
2 oz Sour Mix
Combine ingredients in a tall glass filled with ice, shake, and fill with lemon-lime soda

Well, this is sort of a cheesy way to name the drink without running into legal issues. I was wondering as I made this if it would taste like a Jolly Rancher candy, and it really did. Exactly like a piece of candy. If he name wasn't spelled differently, this tastes so close to the real thing that I think there would be a lawsuit.

The intense apple flavor was balanced with the lemon-lime soda. This made for a pleasant overall experience. It was surprisingly refreshing. Coolers are mainly drinks made with a flavored soda or juice as a base, and in the end, I actually liked this better than most coolers I have had.

It was a little on the sweet side, but otherwise very good. This would be good on a hot, hot, hot day. That's three hiots for thise keeping score at home.


On to the fourth and last part of Epicurus' remedy for happiness.

What is terrible is easy to endure

The Epicureans felt that one had to know the limits of one's endurance, both physical and mental, so you can be prepared for whatever life may throw at you. If you know your limits, say how much pain you can stand, you will be prepared when you are in pain.

But they also felt that there were ways to understand that pain and suffering were not permanent. Epicurus posited that pain and suffering could be either brief or chronic, ongoing. And that pain could be mild or intense. But rarely does one have pain that is both chronic and intense, so there was no need to worry about that sort of pain, as worrying about it would stand in the way, or create anxiety that would hinder, your overall happiness.

By understanding your limits of suffering, and realizing that it is rare to have ongoing intense pain, you will be confident that you can endure most pain, and know that pleasure will most certainly follow, once the pain ends. So worrying about it, or having anxiety about the length of the pain, stands in the way of your happiness. It seems simple as I write it, but I think that this is a very valuable piece of advice.

Don't worry about pain you can't bear. That is very rare in life. And any pain you do suffer is generally short-lived, relative to the length of your life. So worrying and fretting about what is rare will actually cause you more anxiety and keep you from overall happiness more than the actual pain you will suffer during your lifetime.

To sum up the Tetrapharmakos:

Don’t fear god: god is happiness, and has no concern in our affairs. Anxiety about what god (or gods) want is useless.

Don’t worry about death: there is no afterlife, so there is no need to worry about if you are doing the right thing here, based on the possibility of achieving an eternity of pain or pleasure. That worrying creates anxiety.

What is good is easy to get: Don't be greedy or overindulge. Learn the difference between what you want and what you need. Anxiety comes from trying to grab too much or over doing something.

What is terrible is easy to endure: most pain is fleeting and can be endured, so worrying about it is needless. It shall pass, and pleasure will take its place.

The fundamental obstacle to happiness is anxiety. Remove or at least lessen the anxiety in your life with the 4 steps, and happiness will be easier to achieve and maintain.

OK, that's enough serious stuff. I feel like cutting loose, so tomorrow I start back on some silly stuff. Less anxiety writing the fun stuff too.

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