Did Crowley Drink Scotch or Just Gin?
The Movie "Crowley" has Crowley drinking Gin, but was this really the case? Was Crowley's favorite Drink, in fact, Gin? Assuming that Gin was his favorite alcoholic drink, did he casually drink Scotch by any chance? What about Grape Wine? Joe
On a wall in the Abbey of Thelema it has written ""Stab your demonic smile to my brain/Soak me in Cognac, Cunt and Cocaine." 🙂
I do believe that he did enjoy Napoleon Brandy.
Lol - I've just bought some for my evening tipple. And very nice it is too. The man had taste! 😀
I do believe he'd drink just about anything. There's a thread in the archives somewhere about his cocktail recipes.
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Oh my Therion! Raspberries soaked overnight in Grand Marnier and floated in Champagne... sounds divine!
Or maybe - 1/3 silver haze wine (for the base notes and added high with the effect) and 2/3 champagne.
I'm still waiting for a list of the Old Crow's curry recipes, though I did see some TV programme fairly recently which described how at the time he would have been cooking, no-one really knew how to use the exotic spices they were importing from India and elsewhere and they were never cooked properly, being used almost raw. So they were probably pretty nasty. That's probably why he needed a cocktail with Ether in it !!!!
Nasty! I think not.
Crowley is quoted as an authority in:
Cooking with Curry, Florence Brobeck, Grammercy Press, New York. 1952.
None of his recipes though. The quote, to save you buying the book, is:
"Curries, with their vast partitioned platter of curious condiments to lackey them, speak for themselves. They sting like serpents, stimulate like strychnine; they are subtle, sensual like Chinese courtesans, sublime and sacred, inscrutably inspiring and intelligently illuminating, like Cambodian carvings." Aleister Crowley, London.
Doesn't sound nasty to me.
Um, can I be utterly antipodean?
For the top or the bottom OKontrair?
Just by coincidence I was googling "Aleister Crowley curry" yesterday, and I found this site, which you may already know of:
In the article it says AC's favourite snack was "sardines with curry powder sprinkled over them", I'd never heard that one before!
See the "Glacier Curry" thread.
Then google some "Sinhalese Curry" recipes and add lots of extra chilli... bon appetit!
Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.
Whiskey and beer are for fools; absinthe for poets;
absinthe has the power of the magicians; it can wipe out
or renew the past, and annul or foretell the future. - E Dowson
And borrowing one last thought on this third night...
We sat grown quiet at the name of love;
We saw the last embers of daylight die,
And in the trembling blue-green of the sky
A moon, worn as if it had been a shell
Washed by time’s waters as they rose and fell
About the stars and broke in days and years.
I had a thought for no one’s but your ears:
That you were beautiful, and that I strove
To love you in the old high way of love;
That it had all seemed happy, and yet we’d grown
As weary-hearted as that hollow moon. - WB Yeats
Love is the law, love under will.
Alexander Calder-Marshall records in 'The Magic of My Youth' a visit to Crowley, in which AC invites Calder-Marshall to stay with him overnight. On this occasion AC is drinking Brandy and Brazilian cigarettes.
Brandy, including Cognac, would get my vote for AC's favourite drink.
@John I'm gonna use that WB Yeats quote sir. Where'd you find that?
I'd be very surprised if Master T did not enjoy all fine things, at least when given the opportunity. If I thought he wouldn't appreciate a good single malt on occasion, I'd have to fire him! 😆
On another note, I believe I've read that for smoking in his pipe he preferred a straight perique tobacco (a rather strong tobacco to smoke straight, and true perique is becoming increasingly rare) that had been flavored with rum.
Crowley liked Royal Vat whisky.
Or perhaps a Calvados with a catchy name? http://www.whiskyparadise.com/dettaglio-whisky.asp?IDArticolo=9160
A beer that some vegans here might be interested in is Natural Magik from mysterious Cornwall, http://www.keltekbrewery.co.uk/news.html .
Isinglass is not used in its manufacture.
I have not tried it, as it is not as far as I know available in London pubs.