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By Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins

Published 12:18 PDT, Fri September 15, 2023

Spotlight on Cocktails, Movie, TV Series

The Summer Cocktail – Sunset in Milan

For our last cocktail of the summer, we turned to Eddie Gheorghe, a bartender at Italian Kitchen Restaurant in Vancouver, part of the Glowbal Restaurant Group.“ There’s a romance to this cocktail,” Eddie tells us about the Sunset in Milan, “a light and refreshing take on a Negroni sour without the bitterness.” Ingredients for the Sunset in Milan are:

 1oz gin, 

 .75oz aperol,

 .75oz lillet blanc, 

 1.75oz lemon juice, 

 .75oz simple syrup, 

 1oz egg whites,

The cocktail is then garnished with dehydrated roses. After we sampled the delicious cocktail with Eddie, we lifted our glasses and toasted another summer that had come to an end. This delicious cocktail was the perfect choice to say farewell to the summer and hello to a new fall season.

The Movie – Dreamin’ Wild  

This wonderful film, which is based on a true story, is about two brothers named Donnie and Joe Emerson who, as teenagers in 1979, recorded an album in a small studio their supportive parents built on the family farm in Washington State. The album was called Dreamin’ Wild and, sadly, it went unnoticed. Nearly 35 years later, a young record executive shows up raving about the album, speaking of it as if it were another classic like Sgt. Pepper or Pet Sounds. What follows, is the story of how both brothers and the family react and come to terms with the past. The movie stars Casey Affleck, Zooey Deschanel, Chris Messina and Beau Bridges. If you are a fan of the Oscar-winning 2012 documentary, Searching for Sugarman you will enjoy this film.

The TV Series – Painkiller  

This six episode series is directed by very talented Peter Berg (Friday Night Lights, The Kingdom, Deepwater Horizon) and focuses on America’s ongoing opioid epidemic and the pharmaceutical drug known as OxyContin. Painkiller, which has a superb cast including Matthew Broderick, Dina Shihabi, and Taylor Kitsch, weaves together the stories of the perpetrators, the victims and the investigator who goes up against big pharma. Though we’d say last year’s Dopesick is the better of the two, Painkiller is still worth your time.

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