Jewel Drink, Leadership Music, Bloomberg and Me

A favorite cocktail; a soundtrack for an extraordinary group of people; Bloomberg, Bill Hwang, and me; and a music video just because it refers to a lawyer.



The Bijou is a White Collar Wire favorite. This NYT spec describes it as an after dinner drink, but we find that it is sound anytime:

This classic 19th-century cocktail’s name means “jewel” in French, in supposed reference to its combination of gem-colored spirits: diamond-clear gin, ruby-red sweet vermouth and emerald-green Chartreuse. 

  •  Ice
  • 1 ounce dry gin, such as Plymouth
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • ¾ ounce green Chartreuse
  • 1 to 2 dashes orange bitters
  •  Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Fill a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the gin, vermouth, Chartreuse and bitters. Stir for 30 seconds, then strain into a chilled coupe or Nick and Nora glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Rebekah Peppler
Not that leadership.


I am fortunate to be a member of Leadership Alabama Class XXXI. Regular readers know my skepticism of melioristic schemes, do-good efforts, and denials of original sin, but Leadership Alabama is a superb, positive program run by the remarkable Kate Cotton and Ashley Kaplan.

To help my classmates ease into their weekends, here is a Leadership Alabama XXXI Superdance Mixtape , which may of course also be enjoyed by non-LA persons:

Bloomberg and Me

A cheerful heart goes a long way.

A nice nod from our friends at Bloomberg:

Jackson R. Sharman III, a white-collar defense lawyer, said one defense strategy would be to argue that the two cooperating witnesses are merely trying to cover up their own mistakes or wrongdoing, and that while Hwang may have lost a fortune, he didn’t intend to commit any crimes. The likely argument, according to Sharman: “There’s no smoking gun, there’s no fingerprint.”

Bob Van Boris, Amanda L. Gordon, and Chris Dolmetsch, “The Men Who Flipped on Bill Hwang Were Trusted Lieutenants”

Read the Bloomberg article here. (Subscription may be required).

“Take A Letter, Maria”

Finally, just because the song brings a lawyer in as a “cc,” here is “Take A Letter, Maria” (1969) by R.B. Greaves. I still dictate but, unhappily, I do not have a sharp reel-to-reel dictation machine like Mr. Greaves in this video: