//// Alcohol loosens the tongue, makes the drinker passionate, poetic, and inspired. Or ranting, repetitive, and nonsensical. The two aren’t always neatly separable. ////
Words by Mary Croy, Jimmy Tran, Kaitlin Rees, and Shahar Lubin at Daluva Restaurant and Bar, photos by Jimmy Tran and Kaitlin Rees.
The following comes from what passed between Hanoi poets and their drinks at 33 To Ngoc Van street
Pumpkin Rice Wine Sangria
Inside a glass asks
what is progress, and
you answer a red velvet orange
body of sunburnt water
We wore our sangria like stems behind ears
your rose tapped a pattern across my lips
Let’s pretend it is this simple
in the warm origins of night
words stop at the tongue
and take us with them
like an image projected in empty space
you are an unrecognizable, thick taste
Maybe we’d love a little longer
if we drank our memories without words
Inspired by pumpkin rice wine (brown and white rice wines, pumpkin, spices), tea-smoked cardamon bitters, cocoa bitters, red wine, burnt orange twist.
Manhattan on the Red River
She was going to write down her address before leaving
Milwaukee was the last time she had a Manhattan
substitution is the wrong word
for when a city removes her shoes
to jump to scratch the sky
the big sky slides
beside muddy banks
baby red tomatoes
are called candy by the brandy
and we can be called both
absent and here
Inspired by rye whiskey, cocoa bitters, sweet vermouth, ‘maraschino tomatoes’.
Turkish Nau Da
So tired of being tired he made a magic box to hold his nap. When he awoke he was a cave man.
Inspired by coffee rice wine (white rice wine, vietnamese coffee, italian coffee), tea-smoked cardamon bitters, condensed milk.
Cucumber and Ginger Gin and Tonic
Are you having a salad
I am a salad
and a breeze in spring
Why are you asking
Are you having a garden
I am a having a garden
And so you are healthy
I am just flexing my pecks.
Inspired by “the most refreshing drink since water”.
From the fertile ground of forgotten things
a buck and a bounce into the clouds
Inspired by gin, celery-cucumber bitters, lime juice, brandied candied lemon.
Daluva is a restaurant at 33 To Ngoc Van also serving good beer and not boring vegetarian food.