It's pretty bloody cold where I am right now - although the days are actually quiet mild, I work in an uninsulated shed with a tiny space heater. All it's good work is undone when the door is opened by some unwitting outdoor worker who has been gardening all day in the sunshine.
I also leave for work while the stars are still out, some I'm pretty much frozen from dawn to dusk. This all makes it difficult to think of summery things, yet both CorpGoth and The Curious Professor Z have set their monthly homework/reports on hot summer days.
I was tempted to say 'screw it, I'm a non-conformist alternative type and I don't need to write about summer' but I decided I'd play along anyway. So.
I've already done a big round up of tips to keeping cool and in one piece over summer here. It's very detailed and I don't think I have anything to add.
But then The Everyday Goth gave me an idea. So here goes: cold drinks for goths in summer!
Type 'gothic drinks' into Google and you're inundated with pages of alcoholic beverages. Dark Side of the Net has an incredible list of Goth and Horror Cocktails for Halloween that I really want to try out, particularly the Wicked Witch Apple Punch.
The Terrorizer also has a nice selection of cocktail, or, in fact, Cocktails to Die For. I like the sound of Moonlight and Moonrise (I'm a sucker for a fruit cocktail).
Aussies have a penchant for a cold beer in summer, although they are often light and not very gothy. Sparkling mead is best served chilled, so this could be a more suitable gothy drink for hot summer.
Tea is quite popular with many goths, so varieties of ice tea are definitely recommended for goths battling summer heat. Blackberry or blueberry tea is dark in colour, doesn't need milk and tastes great cold.
Coffee, of course can be taken black like a gothic soul, so iced black coffee is certainly on the cards, if that's your thing.
For something a little different, I would recommend a few Asian drinks too: taro milk tea is sweet and a wonderful purple colour, whilst black sesame is... well, black and tastes a bit like sweet peanut butter.
This was just a quick
Still, I'm thinking of doing some posts about winter, for all you Southern Hemisphere kittens out there, and as future reference for those of you who will be in winter a few months down the track. What say you all?