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The Japanese zodiac is divided into a twelve year cycle, with repeating blocks of years represented by a different animal. This puzzle box, from Japanese artist Shiro Tajima, was released for the Year of the Tiger in 2010. Such a silly, sweet tiger reminds me of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.

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Sticking with the Winnie the Pooh theme, I’ve invited Eeyore to the party as well. If Eeyore grew up and wanted an after dinner drink, I imagine he would drink amaro. Amaro, you recall, is that class of bitter aperitif or digestive drink made from botanicals and herbs and favored by old Italian grandfathers and old gray donkeys alike. Amari have become quite popular and are being produced all over the world now. Author Brad Parsons has written an entire cocktail book devoted to them, and this particular cocktail suits our theme quite well. In “Eeyore’s Requiem”, Chicago bartender Toby Maloney combines no fewer than three separate Amari in a negroni-esque tribute to our favorite droll and depressing character, and the result might just lift your spirits. Here’s to the surprising sweetness in life hiding inside the unlikeliest of characters, like a puzzle waiting to be solved. Cheers!

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Eeyore’s Requim by Toby Maloney

1 ½ oz Campari

½ oz Gin

¼ oz Cynar

¼ oz Fernet Branca

1 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth

15 drops Orange bitters

3 Orange twists

Stir ingredients together with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with Eeyore’s Tail, which you may find is serving as a bell pull over at Owl’s place. Cheers!

For more about the Sweet Tooth Tiger puzzle box see

Boxes and Booze: Pooh Corner