John Hodgman Unlikely Star of Mixologist Calendar

Forget Derek Jeter. Sasha Petraske is the real Mr. November. Photo: Courtesy Jill DeGroff

In what will surely become mixology’s version of Yankees Stadium's Monument Park, Jill DeGroff, wife of “King of Cocktails” Dale, has sketched caricatures of a dozen “cocktailians” and included them in a calendar that’s going for $17.95 (about the price of an overpriced drink!). Some of the local drink-slingers whose recipes and rosy-cheeked mugs are featured: Audrey Saunders from Pegu Club, Julie Rainer from Flatiron Lounge, and Sasha Petraske from Milk and Honey. Our favorite part, though, is the page on which a pants-less John Hodgman gives his preferred synonyms for booze.

Sleep syrup … devil’s tears … shimmer glue … zip hop … tallow trance juice … grain guzzle … massage oil … mystery nip … wowie wawa … Irish vinegar … French mayonnaise … brain shellac … distillate of dreamtime jazz chowder … fairy pee … corn cologne … washcloth ringings … genuine gin flavored beverage … the sweet tonic of olde … that slippery syrup … Romulan ale … near beer … stutter milk … juniper jizz … anti-matter … stun gravy

The 2008 Cocktailian Calendar [Kingcocktail.com]