Native Bee Talk

Native bee talk in Marin today
Native bee talk!

Today, Doc and I went to the native bee talk at Heiðrún Meadery, up in West Marin today. It was great, we got to learn a lot about native bees, and then we got to walk around and look at native bees and catch them to look at them (and then release them, of course). Doc even caught a cuckoo bee!

Native bee talk in Marin today
The cuckoo bee that Doc caught

Everybody looked around a lot for bumblebees, because supposedly it is the season for there to be lots of them, but we did not see any bumblebees (surprising, too, because at my office in Marin I see bumblebees all the time). Oh, well. We saw at least 5 other species of native bees, though!

Native bee talk in Marin today
The meadery’s hives for European honeybees (not California native bees, but still fun)

The lecture also coincided with oyster Sunday at the meadery, so we got to have oysters and mead as well.

Native bee talk in Marin today
Doc drinking mead

The Thirst Order

After seeing “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” we went home and I invented a drink called The Thirst Order (inspired by the movie). The movie was fun, and the drink was tasty. It has quickly become the new household favorite 🙂

Now, I shall share it with you…


If you want to copy and paste it, that is:

The Thirst Order

1 1/2 oz gin (we like Bummer and Lazarus)
3/4 oz Saint Germaine
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz dry vermouth (we like Imbue’s Bittersweet Vermouth)
2 dashes orange bitters (we like Regan’s Orange Bitters)
2 raspberries
absinthe rinse (we like Saint George)

You don’t need to muddle the raspberries or anything, just shake with ice and that will mash them up just fine. And they make the drink so pretty and pink. I do suggest straining through a very fine-mesh strainer, though, unless you like seeds in your drink!

The Thirst Order was inspired heavily by its predecessor, The Christine Special, which was, I believe: 1.5 oz gin, 0.5 oz dry vermouth, 0.5 oz Saint Germaine, with orange bitters. Clearly, the Christine Special was heavily inspired by its predecessor, the bijou, which was heavily inspired by its predecessor, the martini, and so on. I didn’t invent the bijou or the martini, by-the-way.