“True apothecary thy drugs art quick.” - William Shakespeare

I'm presenting a series of cocktails which celebrate a legendary collaboration of twelve international artists whose work is housed together inside a magnificent structure known as the Apothecary Chest. First we discover in our hands a rather unassuming looking box from a highly sought after puzzle maker from Oklahoma, Mark McCallum. Mark is known for his precise assembly puzzles using fine exotic woods. Inside is a perfect dodecahedron known as the “Thick and Thin Garnet”.


There are actually two puzzles here - the box which holds the garnet is called “My Dad’s 2 Cents” and contains its own secret, with a rather unique feature not seen on any other puzzle box that I have encountered. You’ll have to use your wits, and perhaps your garnet, to understand the meaning of the name, and discover a critical component of the metapuzzle. It’s a shame that Mark McCallum doesn’t design more puzzle boxes, because this one is a “gem”.


I’ve mined the cocktail history books to unearth another garnet for this garnet. The Garnet cocktail is found all the way back in the 2012 Mr. Boston’s Official Bartender’s Guide. Not exactly ancient, but kind of perfect nonetheless. The drink is light, refreshing, sweet, and shiny - just the thing for the start of something extraordinary. Cheers!

The Garnet from Mr. Boston’s Guide 2012

1 ½ oz Gin

¾ oz Dry Curacao

¾ oz pomegranate juice

¾ oz grapefruit juice

Shake ingredients together over ice and strain into a favorite glass. Flame an orange peel over the drink and garnish with a cocktail ring. Enjoy while providing your companions with your two cents.


For more about this gem of a puzzle box see:

Boxes and Booze: Puzzle Prescriptions (Apothecary Part 1)