Quinn + Tonik Vol. 64: Get Stuck
Andrew Wiles gained his fame by solving a nearly 400-year-old problem: Fermat’s Last Theorem (see Q+T Vol.10 and this for some background.) The same puzzle had captivated Wiles as a child and inspired him to pursue mathematics. His solution touched off a mathematical craze in a culture where “mathematical craze” is an oxymoron. Wiles found himself the subject of books, radio programs, TV documentaries—the biggest mathematical celebrity of the last half-century. At a press conference at the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany, where Wiles was an honored guest, he was asked what themes he has tried to emphasize when speaking to a broader public. The essence of Wiles’ answer can be boiled down to just six words:
If we have been lucky in life, we have been in tight spots. And learned to accept them, and grow from them. Embracing the experiences which helped us grow into who we are today. And knowing that its not the size of the dog in the fight that counts, but the size of the fight in the dog.
With that said, enjoy a slightly more festive Q+T this week as we recover from Art Basel, and ponder returning to the arctic climes of Gotham City.
As usual, read from the bottom up, mix that cocktail, and enjoy.
cool stuff: get some
It's Tuxedo time. And we wouldn't want you to look like a part of the wait staff. So be sure to reach out and let us help. With time, there is our Quinnsman Bespoke Department. Without, we can fall back on the ready-to-wear ones we keep stocked in case of emergency. With a nip and a tuck here and there they will get you by. But either way, don't get stuck trying to figure out what to wear to that gala, charity event, or dinner with the boys.
The most stylish overcoat you will ever own. After much research and development in our skunkwerks we came up with all the right elements to keep you looking rakish in the worst of weather. Available as a bespoke piece only, just make an appointment to pick out your cloth of choice, and we'll have one cut and on you in a jiffy.
The time to treat is upon us. Whether yourself, or another. We've all survived another year. We've won some, we've lost some. But we've all lived to fight another day. So take some cheer and ponder our amazing holiday box offerings. Packed in vintage Grand Cru wooden wine cases, as usual. From the sublime, to the ridiculous. And if it isn't on the list - just ask. For as you all know by now, if you dream it, we will make it.
The first rule of Shirt Club is:
You do not talk about Shirt Club.
The second rule of Shirt Club is:
You DO NOT TALK ABOUT SHIRT CLUB.
Third rule of Shirt Club:
We spec the shirts, you wear them to victory.
visit: miami pop-up
Come cash your chips in during Art Basel in Miami at our pop up store.
Make an appointment to go see our Master Barber in our Miami pop-up and the treatment is on us. Just tip him a princely sum commensurate with his skills.
Or come by for a bespoke wardrobe appointment.
Before you whoop it up with the Quinn Rosé flowing at the 1 Hotel on South Beach, The Standard Spa, MCK, and other fine Miami venues.
read: a box of knowledge
If you've enjoyed our book selections this year, this is the holiday box for you. Perfect for stretching your mind, while hibernating.
watch: les intouchables
A man from the projects is forced by circumstance to interview with a wealthy Parisian aristocrat who needs 24 hour care. Despite a lack of qualifications, and no apparent reason to hire him, he enters a world of privilege through the side door.
Each educates the other in the ways of the world, as experiences from opposite extremes of society meld into a winning combination for both.
cocktail: the stuck in the middle
We've all been stuck in the middle. So lets celebrate it with this whacky eye candy of a drink.
1½ ounces vodka
¼ ounce homemade grenadine (4 ounces fresh pomegranate juice/1 whole pomegranate, 4 ounces fine granulated sugar)
½ ounce lemon juice
1 lemon, halved
2 ounces sparkling apple cider
Pomegranate seeds, to garnish
Lemon twist, to garnish
Make The Grenadine: Cut the pomegranate in half, and use a citrus juicer to extract the fluid. Try to disturb as little of the white membrane as possible. Pour the contents of the juicer (including the seeds) through a fine mesh strainer, and use a spoon to pulverize any of the seeds that did not already burst, extracting the juice. Pour the filtered juice into a Mason jar and add the granulated sugar, stirring until the latter is completely dissolved. Seal, shake, and store in the refrigerator.
Fill a highball glass halfway with ice.
Pour the vodka and homemade grenadine into the highball glass. Stuff a halved lemon into the glass, and pour the lemon juice and sparkling cider over it. Stir gently but thoroughly to combine.
Garnish with a lemon twist and sprinkle of pomegranate seeds, and serve.