most of the time
when you combine
a randomly selected set of ingredients
you get a mess!
there's nothing scientific about it.
on the other hand
there are those rare occasions
when the ingredients seemingly find one another
combining instinctively
with purpose and forethought
such that the whole is infinitely greater
than the sum of its parts.
the end result
is as refreshing as it is intoxicating
ideal in times of celebration
as well as quiet reflection.
this - and nothing else - is the true Holy Grail.
here, therefore, is a toast:
may your yields be high
may your carmelization be minimal
and may your tap may never run dry.

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