“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” - William Shakespeare

Continuing the lighthouse theme I started last week brings us to a beautiful puzzle sculpture inspired by the West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine. Created by artist Robert Yarger, the Lighthouse puzzle box deserves to be paired with something illuminating. A particularly magical book which is full of light is The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The book’s inspiration is the true life story of the French film pioneer Georges Melies, told through the eyes of an orphan boy who secretly lives in the Montparnasse railway station in Paris. The book weaves hundreds of beautiful pen and ink drawings with words to illuminate the story. Jen Marshall, an innovative bartender and brand ambassador in New York, took inspiration from the Oscar nominated movie version of the book, Hugo, when she created her “Lumière” for Nighthawk Cinema. She channeled 1930’s Paris with French elderflower liqueur and herbal green Chartreuse in this lovely Last Word variation. It certainly shines in the glass and is a fitting historical tribute to the Lighthouse puzzle, a beacon of artistic achievement and mechanical marvel. Cheers!


The Lumière by Jen Marshall

1 ½ oz gin

1 oz elderflower liqueur

¾ oz fresh lime juice

¾ oz green Chartreuse

Dash of orange bitters

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a lime twist, or lighthouse.


For more about the luminous Lighthouse puzzle see:

Boxes and Booze: To the Lighthouse – Part II

For prior Last Word variations see:

The Lost Word

Born Yesterday

The Alexandrian Solution