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THE SALINA JOURNAL LIFE SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1996 115 V COUNTER CULTURE Highballs on the rise Consumers buying cocktail shakers and martini glasses By LISA McKINNON Scripps Howard News Service SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - The clink of ice in a glass. The ker- plunk of an olive dropping into a martini. The murmur of women in short black dresses talking to men in suits and ties as Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass played on the hi-fi. For a generation that grew up watching and listening to evening gatherings from the top of the stairs, these were the unmistakable signs that one's parents were having a cocktail party. It all looked and sounded terribly sophisticated, until some clown put a lampshade on his head or got sick in your mother's rosebushes. But even with such distasteful goings-on, the cocktail and the party named in its honor still had the undeniable stamp of adulthood on them. They were forbidden and, therefore, totally irresistible. Which may explain why, in these days of designated drivers and 12-step substance abuse programs, the cocktail culture is staging a comeback. Its chief converts are people old enough to enjoy the quest for the perfect martini but still young enough to have missed out on the shaken- or-stirred debate the last time it raged through cocktail lounges and shag-carpeted living rooms. Vesper martini Cocktail subculture is the subject of numerous web sites devoted to the making and drinking of obscure concoctions such as the Vesper, a martini named after a character in the 1967 James Bond spoof, "Casino Royale." Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and other stores for cocooning, trend-conscious shoppers have caught on to the movement and Photos by Scripps Howard News Service Even In these days of designated drivers and 12-step programs, the cocktail culture seems to be staging a comeback. are now selling new chrome cocktail shakers that look like remnants from the Art Deco period, martini glasses that would fit right in with the ones in your grandparent's liquor cabinet and linen cocktail napkins embroidered with cheeky sayings from another, less abstemious time. But true cocktail culture followers are skipping the reproductions in favor of combing through thrift shops, rummage sales and antique stores. Kathy Ervin, owner of Penny Pinchers in Simi Valley, Calif., says shoppers there began making specific requests for vintage cocktail shakers about three months ago. In late August, a tour through the store's more than 70 stalls unearthed several martini pitcher-and-glass sets as well as cocktail glasses. Prices for the latter ranged from $12 to $24 for sets of six glasses. "Part of the appeal might be that, even though these things are vintage, they're still at a price most" people can afford," says Ervin. "We sell them almost as soon as they come in," Jerrica Van Nest, a sales clerk at Times Remembered in nearby Ventura, Calif., says of the cocktail-making accessories offered by the shop's 35 dealers. "People like the idea that it's the genuine article. And if it's a cocktail shaker with funny pictures or recipes printed on it, they really go for that." Some of these utilitarian accessories may be going unused now that they're considered collectible, says Rochelle Fulleton, co-owner of Augusta's Showroom and Gallery in Camarillo, Calif. "Real collectors may be thinking about what these pieces will be worth in the future. Others are motivated simply by the desire to have fun things, perhaps because they evoke memories of a happier time," says Fulleton. "Either way, you might see more of them on display in someone's china cabinet than actually used to make a drink." Still, some drinking is involved in the new cocktail culture. Although the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) reports that alcohol consumption is down in most states, spokeswoman Lisa Hawkins says that when people do drink, "They are choosing more premium products." Web site This is borne out by a visit to a web site called Shaken Not Stirred (http://www.Axionet.com/key/ Martinis.html), where an ongoing debate centers on making martinis with new-fangled flavored vodkas rather than the traditional gin and vermouth. Hawkins of DISCUS said that the difference between the great cocktail parties of the 1950s and. '60s and those of the '90s is that "we're seeing an increase in parties with themes. People are putting away the punchbowl and going for a heightened level of sophistication for everything from bridal showers to holiday gatherings." Bar tools stirring up collectibles market By Scripps Howard News Service As artifacts from another, not-so-distant age, the glasses, shakers and bar tools used in the making and presentation of a proper cocktail have become increasingly collectible. Here's a look at the basics and what you might expect to pay when adding them to your own collection of cocktail paraphernalia: • Cocktail shaker: Add ingredients, clamp'on the lid and shake to simultaneously mix and chill drinks made from syrups and fruit juices before the ice has a chance to melt. (Martinis also can be made in a shaker, but skip anything with soda or tonic water in it.) Depending on age, cpndition and decoration, vintage shakers sell for about $10 to hundreds of dollars in antique stores. The 1950s-era shaker is printed with drink recipes and cost about $15. • Martini pitcher: Fill with ice, add the required splashes of spirits, then stir with a long glass rod or bar spoon and pour. Pitcher-and-glass sets from the late '50s and early '60s (frosted glass in neon-bright colors, often with metallic gold accents) are fairly common sights in antique shops that specialize in collectibles from the era. Similar sets also appear at the occasional garage sale where, if you're lucky, prices tend to hover in the $10 to $30 price range. • Strainer: What you'll need if your martini pitcher doesn't have a lip to catch ice when you pour. The contraption came with a five-piece, wood-handled bar set sold in its original box. Thrift-store price; $3.95. • Jigger: What looks like a two-sided egg cup is actually a tool for measuring ingredients before they go into the cocktail shaker or mixer. Use the jigger for ah ounce and a half of liquid, or the pony when all you need is an ounce. • Ice bucket: Placed on a table near the cocktail glasses and hors d'oeuvres, a bucket of ice and a pair of tongs will keep guests from rummaging around in your freezer. Small glass buckets (some embossed to look like wooden barrels, others painted with Art Deco-style bubbles) with metal handles and matching tongs sell for $20 and up in antique stores. Seen in several antique shops throughout California are copies of a mass-produced ice bucket in metal, with embossed penguins marching around the circumference. This ice bucket typically sells for $20 to $60, depending on where you find it. • Cocktail napkins: Purists claim that it's not a true cocktail party if you serve food that requires forks or plates. That makes the small but mighty cocktail napkin a must, and the cheekier its design, the better. New cloth napkins embroidered with olives, maraschino cherries and politically incorrect drinking terms ("tanked," "pie- eyed") will set you back as much as $10 to $12 apiece at a trendy home-decorating store. Luckily, vintage cocktail napkins are still readily available in many antique stores and thrift shops, where prices depend on condition and decorative details. A vintage green cloth napkin cost 25 cents. Stop by a party- supply store and pick up a stack of paper cocktail napkins with cheesy jokes printed on them. The martini with olive Is part of the cocktail party lure. T ON-LINE PREACHING Evangelists find audience on the Internet By The New York Times - The marriage of evangelical Christianity and cyberspace is updating the goal of Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation — to make every man a priest — by making every priest a potential publisher. « Evangelists are using the latest technology to try to convert lapsed Christians and newcomers who either seek or stumble upon home pages. Quentin Schultze is author of a monthly newsletter called The Internet for Christians and a professor of communications at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He said that while the better-known evangelical churches tended to stick to more familiar technologies Iik4 television, smaller groups found their way onto the Internet first and in greater numbers. "The small and conservative evangelical groups — let's call them fundamentalists — BABIES ; A daughter, Jacqueline Desiree, was born Sept. 28 to Joseph and Stacy Root of Fayetteville, Ark. - Grandparents are Tom and Joan Weinhold and George and gillie Root of Wilson and the late Jerry Zorn. • Great-grandparents are Bernadine Pasek of Dorrance; Darlene Schneider of Russell, Harold Root pf EJgin and Ivan and Esther Weinhold and Rose Webb of Wilson. A daughter, Jenna Blue, was jborn Oct. 15 to Blake and Susan iPavioni of Abilene. Attention .Parents! Those wishing to publicize the birth of their baby may do so. Forms are available at the Journal office, 333 S. Fourth, which detail all information the staff needs to write the announcement. Type or print information, as errors are common when handwriting is difficult to read. Sunday, October 27th • 3:30 - 5:30 Food & Prizes • German Band Apartment Tours Come Join The Fun! 1000 Schippel Dr., Salina • 8254523. Drury nace SeOimeat LMng at its finest THEALTH Drip coffee IV caffeine prevents post-surgery headache By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — A coffee lover's fantasy, IV caffeine, has arrived. This shot in the arm is not for everyday use, though. Intravenous caffeine helps prevent coffee and soda drinkers from getting withdrawal headaches after surgery, said Mayo Clinic anesthesiologist Dr. Joseph Weber. Coffee drinkers who get the caffeine drip are less likely to wake up from anesthesia with a headache than those who don't, he said. "We're not talking just about people who go through two or three pots of coffee a day," Weber said. "Even one small caffeinated beverage a day will do it." In studies at Mayo Clinics in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Rochester, Minn., Weber found that people used to getting a daily dose of caffeine had a 25 percent chance of a post-surgery headache. But he said an 8-ounce caffeinat- ed drink reduced the chance of a T GENDER DIFFERENCES are often seen as backward technologically and culturally, but when you look closely, you see that they're the leaders on the Web," Schultze said. And Mark Kellner, author of "God on the Internet" (IDG Books, 1996), a profile of the various religious groups that have gone on-line, agreed that, although the mainstream denominations were bountiful on-line, the greater aggressiveness of the smaller evangelical groups continued a trend in American religion. headache to 10 percent. It doesn't matter if the patient gets that caffeine through a tube in the recovery room or as a drink two to three hours before surgery, he said. He was to present his findings this week at a meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in New Orleans. University of California-San Francisco anesthetist Dr. DanieDl. Sessler said there have been' a number of similar studies, tyit with inconclusive results. < People who regularly down caffeine make up about 80 percent bf the U.S. population. That means caffeine could help avert headaches for 1.5 million or more people who have walk-in surgery each year. The intravenous caffeine is good for patients who can't drink a caffeinated beverage aft?r surgery, Weber said. ; "This isn't a life or death issue. But we're talking about millions of people who can be improved with a relatively simple and safe intervention," he said. Study: Women wake up faster from anesthesia By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Women wake from anesthesia twice as fast as men, a study found. Doctors stumbled across the finding while studying how the way anesthesia is administered during surgery influences recovery time. In a study of 274 patients who underwent lower abdominal and orthopedic surgery at four hospitals in Georgia, North Carolina and Massachusetts, women took an average of seven minutes to open their eyes, compared with 13 minutes for men. Doctors aren't sure why. Women's bodies may metabolize drugs a differently, or their sensitivity to drugs may differ from men's, said Dr. Peter S. Glass, associate professor of anesthesia at Duke University Medical Center. The men and women received the same doses of anesthetic relative to their body weight. Exactly what the finding means for surgical patients isn't clear. It could mean that women require more anesthesia than men, one doctor said. At the least, researchers said, it suggests that more women ought to be included in tests of new drugs. "The risk is we don't have enough knowledge in the difference in the metabolism of drugs in women vs. men. To generalize women handle drugs in the same way as men do is irresponsible," said Dr. Jim Diaz, professor and head of public health and preventative medicine at Louisiana State University. Diaz said Glass' findings, presented at the American Society bf Anesthesiologists' convention this week in New Orleans, came as no surprise. "I think that anecdotally women have always handled drugs very differently from men," he said. Also, scientists have found enzyme differences in women and men's livers that could cause women to wake up faster, said Ruth Merkatz, a registered nuj?se and. senior adviser to the Food and Drug Administration commissioner. Most drug studies enroll healthy men and few women, children or elderly people, Diaz said. The Food and Drug Administration does not require companies to include women in studies. However, since 1993 it has asked companies that want approval for new drugs to analyze differences in age, gender and race. 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