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Richard Tasgal


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Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:27 am


Beer-Sheva, Israel


by Richard Tasgal » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:44 am

As it's getting cold now, I recall a discussion of a winter drink, Himbeergeist, in A Time of Gifts, by Patrick Leigh Fermor ( Is it available in Israel? Where? Any recommendations?

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“‘In cold weather like this,’ said the innkeeper of a Gastwirtschaft further down, ‘I recommend Himbeergeist.’ I obeyed and it was a lightning conversion. Spirit of raspberries, or their ghost—this crystalline distillation, twinkling and ice-cold in its misty goblet, looked as though it were homeopathically in league with the weather. Sipped or swallowed, it went shuddering through its new home and branched out in patterns—or so it seemed after a second glass—like the ice-ferns that covered the window panes, but radiating warmth and happiness instead of cold, and carrying a ghostly message of comfort to the uttermost fimbria.”

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