You’ve made it to the top of your profession, and shown everyone that you’re the best, most qualified person for the job. Like you, Othello’s eponymous general knows how great that feels. At the start of the play, he’s head of the Venetian military and newly wedded to the young and beautiful Desdemona. But Othello had to overcome major obstacles like racism, ageism, and charges of voodoo-ism to get there. As the play unfolds, the malicious Iago preys on “black” Othello’s vulnerable associations with Africa and Islam to make the Moor doubt that his white, Christian wife and employers would ever stay faithful to an outsider like him. Once Iago stirs up that “green-eyed monster” of jealousy, Othello spends the rest of the play spiraling into a paranoid, violent rage. Perhaps old insecurities gnaw at you, too. Why weren’t you invited to the CEO’s Christmas party? And what’s with that gossipy guy in Sales who’s always trying to mess with your head? As if your wife would be seen dead at Panera with Gary, your trusted VP. That’s ridiculous! She doesn’t even eat carbs. Take a cue from the doomed Moor of Venice, and stop that jealous monster in its tracks. Better yet, drink it down. You’ll feel much, much better.
- 1 1⁄2 ounces Midori melon liqueur
- 1 ounce vodka
- 2 ounces fresh orange juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- Juice of 1⁄2 lime
- Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
- 2 small, scooped honeydew melon balls, for garnish
Shake the liquid ingredients together with ice and strain into a martini glass. Add melon balls for a “green-eyed” garnish.
Recipe from Shakespeare, Not Stirred: cocktails for your everyday dramas by Caroline Bicks and Michelle Ephraim