Sitting beside the fireplace at the Brain Brew Beach Bar I concluded that I should commit myself to learning something new… so that I don’t “waste” the last months of the pandemic.
Before we know it, we will all be busier than ever, leaving no time for learning something new.
As adults – we tend to live a life of optimizing what we already know. Learning something new – starting as a raw beginner – failing more than succeeding – on a new learning journey is something we avoid.
A few text messages with my cousin John in Winnipeg and it was set. The next day I’d buy a guitar and start to learn it. My goal being to play at least a couple songs with him at our Beach Bar on PEI and on his Beach Cottage in New Brunswick. (Hopefully this summer – fingers crossed).
And thus I now own a guitar and after four days, I have sore finger tips and lots of frustration. However, the online course I’m using gives me just enough moments of joy – to inspire me to do it again and again.
I didn’t know it when I started but learning to play the guitar has other benefits to my health. I recently heard an interview with Sanjay Gupta MD about his new book KEEP SHARP – Build a Better Brain at Any Age. It appears that learning Guitar – or engaging in any new learning – will “Jump Start My Brain.”
So what are you waiting for – get up – get out – learn something new.
EASY START – Customize The Whiskey Sour: If you want an easy way to start engaging your brain. Try experimenting and discovering a your favorite cocktail. I’m going to explore the optimization of one of the classic cocktails – the Whiskey Sour. The whiskey sour is made with the classic 2 – 1 – 1 cocktail ratio.
2 parts strong, 1 part sweet and 1 part sour.
For STRONG – I’m partial to our Paddle Wheel Bourbon or Deckhand Rye
For SWEET – I’m going to Explore Simple Syrup (50/50 sugar and water) & Honey Water (50/50 mix water and honey.
For SOUR – I’m going to explore the juice of fresh Lemons, Limes, Orange, Grapefruit.
I’m going to engage my brain in creating a testing sequence. I’m also going to do blends of 1/2 Lemon and 1/2 Lime, etc.
My goal is to craft MY WORLD’S BEST Whiskey Sour!
For measuring – and to make sure my judgement is good – I’ll use our Micro Cocktail Ladles to do measuring. If you don’t have the Brain Brew Custom Cocktail Kit (that includes them) – you can use a Teaspoon: 2 teaspoons of Strong, 1 Teaspoon of Sweet and 1 teaspoon of sour. Then, stir with an ice cube.
OK – so customizing a whiskey sour may not be what Dr. Gupta is recommending – but at least it’s a step in the right direction.