Beat the summer heat with Vic and a stiff shot of gin

Greetings from a hot and sweaty Wisconsin!

I’m back from Euro Pride Con in Amsterdam and I’m finding the weather here particularly soupy. But it wasn’t much better overseas. In fact, I managed to be in the UK for a really big heatwave, though the temps were all in Celsius so I had to rely on listening to people bemoan the weather and extrapolate how hot it was.

There’s precious little AC across the pond (known as air con there) but I did manage to cool down with a delightful little gin drink called a Bramble. I’m not normally a gin drinker, but this was super refreshing! It was probably all that ice, which is as rare in England as AC.

Now, on to Euro Pride Con. What a delightful weekend. I got to meet readers I’ve known on Facebook for ages, but never thought I’d actually meet in person. The panels were all relevant and interesting, the readings were amazing, there was ample time to get an autograph from your favorite author, and plenty of places to hang out and chat outside the programming.

The hotel was absolutely fantastic. The rooms were luxurious, the food was out of this world, and the ballrooms were really easy to get to from anywhere in the building. In short, if you’ve been thinking about attending Euro Pride Con, it will be in the same location in 2019 on the last weekend of June, so I heartily recommend checking it out. It’s a bit early to guarantee that I’ll be there again in 2019 but I’ll seriously consider it.



Even though crushed ice shoots out of my fridge, this looks too involved for me to make at home since I zone out at the point where I’m supposed to squeeze my own lemons. But just in case you wanted to try it yourself…


3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice

6 large blackberries

Crushed ice

1 ounce crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur)

1 1/2 ounces dry gin, such as Plymouth


Combine the lemon juice and blackberries in a rocks glass and muddle until the berries are broken up.

Add some crushed ice and the crème de mûre and gin, and stir to combine.


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Five Ways to Beat the Summer Heat

Victor Bayne

  • Go to the frozen section in the grocery store and stand in an open freezer door. If anyone calls you on it, glare at them and ask how you’re supposed to pick anything out when the windows are all fogged up.
  • Wet a towel with cold water, wring it out, and put it over your head. As an added bonus, no one will interact with you when you’re sitting there like that unless they really, really need something.
  • Eat ice cream. Preferably pistachio. But make sure you do it when no one too health conscious is around or you’ll get an earful about sugar and saturated fat. Make doubly sure to avoid all vegans.
  • Head up to Wisconsin. Not that it’s much cooler there, but the AC in the car works pretty good and it blows right in your face.
  • Find the nearest intersection and check out the car crash repeaters. It might not cool you down, but hey, at least you’re not dead.

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