Cocktail Friday: Cherry Memorial Day!

Cherry Collins

You have a long weekend, that kind of kicks off summer, so cocktails are essential. And since you never know who’s gonna drop in, it’s good to have some vodka drinks on hand, all of which we made with Grey Goose Cherry Noir. Here are a few you can whip up by the pool.

Cherry Collins

3 oz. Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka

1.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

1 oz. simple syrup

4 oz. club soda

Making it: Build in a highball glass, add ice cubes and stir. Top with soda and garnish with fresh cherries.

Cherry Lane

Cherry Lane

1.5 oz. Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka

3/4 oz. Benedictine liqueur

1.5 oz. fresh lemon juice

3/4 oz. simple syrup

Angustura bitters.

Making it: Mix all ingredients in a shaker of vice and shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with cherries.



3/4 oz. Grey Goose Cherry Noir vodka

3/4 oz. Cynar

3/4 oz. Punt e Mes Italian vermouth

3/4 oz. fresh grapefruit juice

Making it: Build in a shaker filled with ice. Stir gentle and strain into a rocks class with an oversized ice cube. Present with grapefruit wheel dusted with kosher salt.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

A day after he was featured on the cover of Dallas Voice, gay Okla. lawmaker’s American flag burned

McAffrey looks at the flagpole and scorched grass

Oklahoma state Sen. Al McAffrey and his partner David Stinson woke up Saturday morning — probably after their dogs made a fuss — and found the American flag atop a flagpole in their front yard was on fire.

Other than the burned flag and some scorched grass, no other damage was done. As you can seen in the photo above, smaller flags lining the walk were untouched.

“Early this morning sometime someone came to ou[r] house and set our American Flag on fire on the pole,” Stinson wrote on his Facebook page. “You can see the black in the grass. Set the grass on fire a bit. Could have been a lot wors[e].”

In an email to Instant Tea over the weekend, McAffrey said he didn’t want to turn the incident into “some big hate crime media fiasco.” Instead, he and Stinson were condemning it as sacrilege on Memorial Day weekend.

According to the Daily Oklahoman, McAffrey flies the flag daily and replaced the burned flag on Saturday afternoon. The flag was set on fire while it was on top of the pole.

McAffrey did note that the incident happened a day after he was featured on the cover of Dallas Voice, but he isn’t blaming us for the incident. He’s not even blaming supporters of anti-gay state Rep. Sally Kern, saying it could have simply been a random act of vandalism.

McAffrey’s flag, larger than the one flown at the state House, is illuminated, and he flies it ’round the clock. He called it a point of pride, having served four years in the Navy.

Watch a video report from KWTV in Oklahoma City below:

—  David Taffet

And the new Mr. Texas Leather is …

… Gabe Sims! It was a busy few days for the leather community as Texas Leather Weekend got under way, with the naming of Sims as the new Mr. Texas Leather. The Shreveport, La., native, who now resides in Irving, came into the competition with the title Mr. Hidden Door, and bested six other entrants from around the state to take the title. This automatically qualifies Sims to compete in International Mr. Leather in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend this spring.

Sims has some big jackboots to fill. Two of the past three Mr. Texas Leather winners — Jeffrey Payne and Jack Duke (who served as head judge this weekend) — have done well at IML, with Duke coming in third in 2010 and Payne winning the who schmere in 2009.

Check out our slideshow from the event here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones