Cocktail Recipe: The Crocodile, a Traditional Anarchist Favorite (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)

“I’ll be in the bar,” said Reef. Yzles-Bains was in fact one of the few places on the continent of Europe where a sober Anarchist could find a decent Crocodile—equal amounts of rum, absinthe, and the grape spirits known as trois-six—a traditional Anarchist favorite, which Loïc the bartender, a veteran of the Paris Commune, claimed to have been present at the invention of.

A cocktail recipe from Thomas Pynchon’s novel Against the Day. (More on trois-six here; good luck finding real absinthe).

Bonus recipe: Kit Traverse’s drink invention:

“‘Love in the Shadows of Pera,’ ” Kit said. “It’s just Creme de Menthe and beer.”

4 thoughts on “Cocktail Recipe: The Crocodile, a Traditional Anarchist Favorite (Thomas Pynchon’s Against the Day)”

  1. If I wasn’t already married, I would stalk the author of Biblioklept.  I’m in love!   Hope you are feeling better today.

    If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~Cicero



  2. I know of someone who lives on an artists’ colony, called, of all things, Happy Valley, who makes his own absinthe. I have no idea what the vintage real stuff tastes like, but if it is at all like Pernod, shivers. What would wormwood steeped in grain alcohol be like?


  3. Depends on your taste, but I love wormwood. As alcohol infusion, or thick gloopy tea, nothing is as soothing to calm the stomach and restore appetite and liver function. It has had a bad press, but wormwood is the best herb to improve liver function, as long as use is short-term.
    As a herbal addition to recreational drink, wormwood is warming and relaxing and helps to neutralise the aggravating effect of other ingredients, by creating a warm, comfortable, slightly dissociated state……


    1. Wormwood boughs are used in drawers, cupboards, etc., as an insect repellent. The attractive plant is also used in the garden interplanted with other, more insect susceptible plants for the same reason. I like the smell of artemis.


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