The Millionaire #4

As the title intimates, this isn’t a simple story.  B found the version of which we partook tonight in Ted Haigh‘s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails. He reprises his from a 1937 version.  This, of course, sent me down the rabbit hole of unanswerable questions (25 years in science.  That rabbit is like, when is this guy going to leave?).  So, how many are there?  No idea.  Where did the number come from?  My best guess, being to lazy to actually Tweet the author, is that there were 3 predecessors.   The Savoy Cocktail Book has two.  The Millionaire No. 1[…]

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Voyager

We are now officially mired in the swelter of summer, leaving us languishing for the ocean breezes of the South Pacific.  Obviously, something Tiki was in order, which is ironic, since if you want islands with a long tradition of rum drinks, you’re in the wrong ocean.  Be that as it may, B found a new entry in the Tiki lexicon.  This one is by @Drinkboy, Robert Hess, who created it in 2006.  In his own words, “…Polynesian inspired restaurants were intended as a mini-vacation, hence the Voyager name. That, and the fact that I’m also a Star Trek fan.” […]

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Dasiy de Santiago

With this post, we bid a fond farewell to Summer.  It’s started raining and the limes are getting big enough to use, so we thought one final salute to that greatest of all seasons was in order. Having limes ready for picking, we went in search for a suitable cocktail in which to use them.  We found, I think, a great outlet for them in today’s tipple, which we found in Jigger, Beaker and Glass—Drinking Around the World by Charles H. Baker, Jr., a reissue of half of his 1946 two volume series, The Gentleman’s Companion. He gives credit “…[…]

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Caipirinha

Labor Day has decide to turn up the heat here and I decided something need to be done (and hopefully in a way that would result in a post).  I to thinking about who does heat and holidays better than anyway and I immediately thought of Brazil, which in turn caused me to think our friend Karen who has spent more time there than was probably good for Brazil, but hey, it’s a big country.  She was the one who taught me how to make and pronounce the “National Drink of Brazil” (sorry, I am pretty sure you can’t write[…]

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Brains… Must have brains…

Even here in this happy oasis of a cocktail blog, one cannot completely escape the inexorable march of time. So, hopefully one of these will ease your forgiving this belated homage to All Hallows’ Eve.  We decided what better way to celebrate Día de Muertos than by appeasing some of the Tiki gods and summoning a couple of zombies. And when one needs to summon Zombies, there is no better source than the high priest of Tiki, Jeff “Beachbum” Berry and his Tiki missal, Beachbum Bery Remixed. The cool thing about this version is that is has the “original” version[…]

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Mai Tai Madness

Well July has been a rather busy one at work.  I know, loyal reader (yah, there probably is only one of you) is shocked to find that M is actually feigning employment.  The downside of this preoccupation with food and shelter is that it has taken a toll on the post frequency.  Well, time to get back at it.  But I think easing back in with a bit of summer frivolity might be just about the right speed. Last month B & I did find a bit of time to have some friends and one possessed mannequin head over for[…]

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El Presidente

B & I decided to give this cocktail a second look.  We had originally tried the El Presidente a number of years ago based on David Wondrich’s recipe in his book Esquire Drinks.  It was decidedly awful–seriously discordant flavors.   We were set to shrug and move on when Wondrich revisited the cock for Imbibe Magazine.  He starts off by concluding that the original recipes that call for dry vermouth aren’t very good, a fact he found rather curious for a popular cocktail.  This set him to digging and he found that originally Cuban bartenders used Vermouth de Chambery.  He also[…]

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Diabolo

B was looking through Robert Hess’s The Essential Bartender’s Guide the other night for something new when she ran across a rather oddly named cocktail, the Diabolo. No, not Diablo, Diabolo.  Apparently it’s named after the Yo-yo shaped juggling device.    I did a little digging around and kept running into Mr. Hess’s work.  First thing I found was his recipe on his original site, Drinkboy.com.  He mentions that the first reference to this cocktail is in the 1930’s in Harry Craddock’s The Savoy Cocktail Book.  The only problem is this drink is a very different cocktail than the one in[…]

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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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Mexican Sweet Limes

Thought I would go with a quick post here. B and I bought a couple of “Mexican Sweet Limes” at the Sacramento Farmers’ Market on Sunday.  They look like a round lemon.  We decided to give them a whirl tonight with a Daiquiri. I even decided to break out a decent rum (Appelton Estates).  I went with the basic daiquiri recipe: 2 oz rum 1 tsp superfine bar sugar juice of half a lime (in this case the Mexican sweet limes) Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Anyway, the upshot was rather disappointing.  We actually tasted the[…]

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