“Those who want respect, give respect.” – Tony Soprano
My father had just finished watching The Wire when a friend at work suggested The Sopranos. He was not very interested in shows about the Mafia, as he had grown up in South Philadelphia with actual Mobsters, and felt that their lifestyle did not need any glorification. Reluctantly, we put on the first episode and I distinctly remember being captivated by James Gandolfini. His presence was unrivaled, and we quickly flew through the first season. As I was only home every so often from college, and my father was not a patient man, my viewings of the show were sporadic. It feels unfair to not allow a true fan to examine their own relationship with the show, so I relinquish the next part to Dan.
I grew up with a parent who basically watched The Godfather more than anyone I know. Many people encouraged me to watch The Sopranos, but it wasn’t until I was an adult that I picked it up. What appealed to me the most is that it never idolizes their lives. Instead, it portrays this really sad story of a family caught in this world at the tail end of this Mafia lifestyle. For every ounce of humanity you see in Tony Soprano, or any character, the show never once lets you forget that they are all monsters.
We encourage you to try an episode of The Sopranos, or even watch the upcoming film The Many Saints of Newark, but don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of a Jersey Sunrise. Not too much pulp though, some pulp is fine.
Orange Juice (Level of Pulp,Your Choice!)
Ten ounce highball glass
Measured Shot Glass
- Pour Ice into a Shaker and set aside.
- Pour 1 1/2 shots of Vodka into shaker.
- Pour 3 shots of Orange Juice into shaker.
- Stir all the ingredients in the shaker for 10 seconds.
- Strain ingredients into chilled highball glass.
- Pour 1/4 shot of Grenadine in center of drink.
- Let it settle.