This semester I took a class that stretched me in a different way than any other college class had: Bealtes and Their Times. It was a truly fascinating class and included a focus on history, my favorite subject. However, it was hard for me. I know little about music. If you ask me what I liked about Andrew Jackson Jihad, The Dead Kennedys, or the Iron & Wine, I really wouldn’t have been able to point to more than the lyrics. Additionally, I’m one of the few people who exist, from my experience, that couldn’t have named 15 Beatles songs off the top of their head. Over this semester, however, I’ve become quite familiar with them through readings and extensive amounts of listening.
My professor asked us to come up with a creative way to show him that we had learned something by the end of the semester. I pondered what to do briefly, then it suddenly became clear: I had to craft Beatles cocktails. So, I created a cocktail or series of shots to match the characteristics of the four stages of the Beatles I identified.*