Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Link's Drink of the Week: In Memory of an Old Friend

Yesterday, the world lost a truly Dapper Gent. In fact, he was the prototype of all things Dapper... My friend from the halls of ivy: Frank Duba. English professor, writer, connoisseur, bon vivant, and all-around good egg. A chap who was so unassumingly Dapper, that he had no notion of the highest level of Dalai Lama-esque, transcendental Dapperocity™ he had achieved. Bravo, Monsieur Duba. You are an inspiration to me in my own pursuit of the Eightfold Path of Cool. I know you're upon high, probably pulling your hair out at my atrocious punctuation, foul punnery and incomplete sentences, but remember... it's for the Grand Cause.



1 1/2 ounce Dubonnet Rouge
1 1/2 ounce London Gin
1 Dash Peychaud's Bitters
Orange slice

Shake first two ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass that has been previously coated with the dash of bitters (discard remaining bitters from glass). Garnish with orange slice and homemade, intricately carved Bernard Shaw alabaster swizzle stick.

Cheers to you and your memory, My Friend. May you rest in peace.


  1. you're spot-on: frank was truly the most unpretentious person i've ever met, funny as hell, a good friend and an original voice. all will be smaller without.... thanks for post, and the toast.

  2. Thank you for the comment. I'm glad to have captured a tiny piece of our friend Frank. He was a true original.

    The following is from another reader: I was so sad to hear about Frank passing away. He was truly an eccentric one of a kind individual. I want to offer my heartfelt condolences to his family. Thoughtfully, Lisa Stanford, LHS class of 86

  3. I was a friend of Frank back when he was an undergrad at Pomona. He was a true individual. Strange yet incredibly warm an approachable. I hadn't seen him for some time but would catch glimpses of his career once in a while. I'd have loved to be in one of his classes. I can still see him smoking a cigarette to the filter while pulling at his hair with his free hand.
    I am still close with a number of his old friends and will pass along the sad news. I don't know the cause of his death, however. If someone is comfortable sharing, I'd appreciate it. If not, I understand and thank you anyway.

  4. He died of esophageal cancer. A rare kind that's harder to treat, I hear. Sounds like he put up a brave fight and kept his humor to the end, according to his wife. Thanks for the comment, Joe.