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S. L. Klassen & Andrew Unger: A (Virtual) Evening of Menno-Nightcaps

Friday Nov 12 2021 7:00 pm, Virtual, Online via Zoom & YouTube

What do the Sommerfeld and Old Colony Mennonites have in common when it comes to the Manitoba government? And what, you ask, does that have to do with cocktails? Grab some ingredients, your most modest glassware and join author S.L. Klassen to toast her new book Menno-Nightcaps: Cocktails Inspired by that Odd Ethno-Religious Group You Keep Mistaking for the Amish, Quakers or Mormons (TouchWood Editions).

Hosted by good Mennonite, Andrew Unger, author of The Daily Bonnet and Once Removed, the evening will open with an optional, but recommended, cocktail demo (ingredients below) followed by a rousing conversation on all things Mennonite—hello Conrad Grebel!

Registration is required to directly participate in the Zoom webinar. It will be simultaneously streamed on YouTube and available for viewing thereafter.

Cocktail ingredients:

    • 1-1/2 oz (45 mL) rye whisky
    • 1 oz (30 mL) amaretto
    • 1 oz (30 mL) pineapple juice
    • 1 oz (30 mL) fresh orange juice
    • A pineapple wedge to garnish

You will also need:

    • Cocktail shaker, halfway filled with ice
    • Strainer
    • Highball glass, also with ice

S. L. Klassen writes, attends Mennonite functions, and drinks cocktails in Toronto, Ontario. She has a PhD in history and a lifetime of experience with Mennonites. In 2013, she began a Mennonite humour and cocktail blog called The Drunken Mennonite. It has all been downhill ever since.

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Menno-Nightcaps

- by S.l. Klassen

Hardcover $26.00 - Add to Cart
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A satirical cocktail book featuring seventy-seven cocktail recipes accompanied by arcane trivia on Mennonite history, faith, and cultural practices.

At last, you think, a book of cocktails that pairs punny drinks with Mennonite history! Yes, cocktail enthusiast and author of the popular Drunken Mennonite blog Sherri Klassen is here to bring some Low German love to your bar cart. Drinks like Brandy Anabaptist, Migratarita, Thrift Store Sour, and Pimm's Cape Dress are served up with arcane trivia on Mennonite history, faith, and cultural practices.

Arranged by theme, the book opens with drinks inspired by the Anabaptists of sixteenth-century Europe (Bloody Martyr, anyone?), before moving on to religious beliefs and practices (a little like going to a bar after class in Seminary, but without actually going to class). The third chapter toasts the Mennonite history of migration (Old Piña Colony), and the fourth is all about the trappings of Mennonite cultural identity (Singalong Sling).

With seventy-seven recipes, ripping satire, comical illustrations, a cocktails-to-mocktails chapter for the teetotallers, and instructions on scaling up for barn-raisings and funerals, it's just the thing for the Mennonite, Menno-adjacent, or merely Menno-curious home mixologist.

Once Removed

- by Andrew Unger

Trade paperback $21.95 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $19.76

Timothy Heppner is a frustrated ghostwriter struggling to make ends meet in Edenfeld, a small Mennonite community bulldozing its way towards modernity--if it's old, it has to go!

A member of the Preservation Society but desperate to keep his job with the mayor's Parks and "Wreck" department, Timothy finds himself in an awkward position when he is hired to write an updated version of the town's history book. Fuelled by warring loyalties, the threat of personal bankruptcy, and a good deal of fried bologna, Timothy must find his own voice to tell the one story that could make--or break--him.

Honest and laugh-out-loud funny, Once Removed explores the real costs of "progress" in this new Canadian classic.