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.