Often I will type “Minimalism” into a search engine because my mind will not stop harassing me. It has the idea that I must become more studious of the topic, by accumulating liquid knowledge mixers, made from not only the top shelf, but the less affordable bottom row. I am mandated to analyze the recipes from an accomplished barkeep as well as probe their clients on their perspective of the ambiance. “Does the taste of your favorite cocktail improve when you are surrounded by plush carpeting, a baby grand piano and soft lighting?” Or, “In comparison, does it tang with the odor of stale cigarettes and neon shimmer?”
The answers vary depending on the patrons and their rationale for entering into the joint. Most consumers walking into a lounge for the first time who order up a Shirley Temple, sometimes convince themselves that the absence of liquor will still inebriate them into nirvana. “I once was a minimalist (many of them said), until I could no longer tolerate the pale white walls and lack of reading material.” Or, “I left my soul in the donation bin, along with the adoration for my library so I could experience the fulfillment of owning not one sliver of a personal item.” I’m paraphrasing and exaggerating here to make a point. Becoming a minimalist does not limit one’s drink order choices, it’s completely the opposite. In fact, rather than depleting the choices, it opens up combinations that have not yet been invented.
According to theminimalists.com “You can keep your books if they add value to your life.” Furthermore, the website says that “Minimalism has helped them rid themselves of excess stuff.” The key word here is excess. For instance in our case we had seventeen bins of items we were simply not using. The true meaning of keeping only what adds value is a tried, true and tested base from which “The Minimalists” built on. Once a base is developed then it can be manipulated into a concoction that is specific to the person, and provide a signature beverage that will surely become a favorite.*
*Any resemblence to actual drinks consumed or not consumed is nothing more than a coincidence, and an attempt at using said beverage to make a point. 😉