A Civilized Respite…

Mom and Teresa flew in for Thanksgiving. Mom, fresh from Australia, and T, fresh-ish from Cuba.   After a decidedly gluttonous gorging of turkey, we set to decorating 22 feet of Christmas trees.   Obviously, with a campaign of magnitude, fortification is required.  Fortunately, T, brought me back a great souvenir from Havana’s legendary La Floridita bar, former haunt of Papa Doble, Earnest Hemingway.  It seem only fitting to christen it with Hemingway Daiquiris, a.k.a, the Papa Dobles. We have blogged them before, and they were as great as we remembered it.  Braced by our daiquiris, we are able to soldier on.[…]

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You’ll shoot your eye out, kid

As promised, this is going to be my second (and final for a while) post of festive, holiday cocktails.  Last time we did Dale Degroff’s Royal Gingersnap.  This time we are going to do one from the December, 2011 issue of Imbibe Magazine called “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”.  This one violates several of my rules;  it is a new avant garde “mixologist” invented cocktail and it has an infused ingredient likely to be used in no other drink before going bad.  In it’s favor, it also violates the rule that new avant garde “mixologist” invented cocktails must suck.  We[…]

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Famous Riffs

I think for the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a bit of a departure from our usual aesthetic and relive a couple our more whimsical holiday jocularities.  After that, I promise, we’ll get serious-for at least a while. So our first stop on Santa’s barhopping express (I guess when you drive a flying reindeer powered sleigh, DUI’s aren’t such a concern–though don’t let Blitzen hit the sauce; he gets mean) is a festive tipple dreamed up by King Cocktail, Dale Degroff, for Crown Royal.   B first spotted it in his book The Essential Cocktail because it had Domaine de[…]

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