‘Eat your greens’
I’m not a huge comic book / graphic novel fanboy but like many kids, I grew up pretending to be Spidey and Hulk. Stan Lee, the creative powerhouse behind Marvel passed away yesterday; a man who’s had a huge impact on pop culture and the broader cultural zeitgeist for more than half a century.
In 1961 Lee transformed the industry when he created the Fantastic Four; astronauts who gained extraordinary powers and had to grapple with their new responsibility, all while dealing with everyday teenage problems (dandruff, acne, ingrown toenails).
Spidey, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor all followed; grappling with their insecurities, drug abuse, bigotry & social inequality.
Stan challenged the status quo and social norms as women gained superpowers, a blind man became Daredevil & a black man became Black Panther. .
He taught generations that we all have the capacity for greatness, that we all have worth, that we may all aspire to achieve but that we are also flawed, broken people with responsibilities and that the world is complex and neither fame, fortune or success will solve it all.
Thanks Stan, for taking the time to make each superhero complex and messy...I raise a toast, to all the ways you fed my imagination and smacked me round the face with a dose of reality.
The drink is a riff on a Corpse Reviver No.2, infused with garden peas. It’s a super savoury shot, deserving of an entry into this month’s #homebarawards as well, who’re asking for the anti-sweetness. The CR2 is a classic drink, with very little sweetness in it, enhanced by this gardeny goodness and really delicious. And just like a superhero, my CR2 was walking round the garden until unexpectedly infected by an army of otherwise harmless peas, their savoury toxicity gave CR2 great power. But with great power comes great responsibility....eat your greens responsibly 👊. —
• 15ml @portersgin
• 15ml yellow @chartreuse_uk
• 15ml lemon juice
• 15ml @lillet blanc
• rinse of @pocketfulofstones Malvern absinthe
• 2tbsp garden peas (mightily muddled then strained)
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