The Derby Cocktail

B was thumbing through Ted Haigh‘s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, when she ran across what she thought might be a tasty tipple in The Derby.  A quick perusal of the ingredients reveals that it’s awfully similar to one of our all time favorite cocktails, the Oriental Cocktail.  Basically put half as much bourbon as you would rye in an Oriental and up the lime juice and you with the Derby. This version is, according to the good Dr. Cocktail, isone of three versions in the 1947 edition of Trader Vic’s bartending guide and his favorite. The International Bartenders Association’s version[…]

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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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Negroni Sbagliato

As summer is winding to a close (okay, we live in California; please don’t hate us. Okay, go ahead.) we thought we would have one more fling with the those classics of summer frivolity, the spritz.  This item we are going with probably one of our favorites, the Negroni Sbagliato. We got the recipe out of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau.  They retell (via the current owner and son of the alleged inventor) a pretty great story about Mirko Stocchetto, owner of the Bar Brasso in Milan, inventing the drink the[…]

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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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Blackthorn (Irish Variation)

Astute readers will recall the we previously covered another version of the Blackthorn Cocktail, but which was gin based.  In fact probably the original namesake was called the Blackthorn  after the plum-bearing shrub  that produces the sloe berry (from which we get sloe gin). Philip Greene‘s book The Manhattan … provides this version which he claims (according to the March 18, 1905 edition of the New York Times) to be loosely based on a “Shamrock cocktail”, whose infamy they saw fit to immortalize due to the barman at the Hotel Netherland providing them to the sixty-ninth regiment instead of the[…]

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Paloma

So funny story… My parents and aunt and uncle were traipsing about with wilds of Michigan’s upper peninsula.  Apparently want to cap off the evening and being fond of margaritas, they stopped by one of the local establishments and tried ordering one.  Owing to the fact that neither tequila, nor limes, nor triple sec are particularly indigenous ingredients in those northern climes, some improvising was required on the part of their bartender (and hallelujah for ingenious bartenders… except for Manhattans… then don’t get clever).  Anyway, what they wound up with, which they affectionately referred to as a “Yupper Margarita” was[…]

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Rosita

There are few things that say summer more to me than tequila. And good tequila (not the bottle of liquid stupid that we all drank way too much of in college) needs no help. Just a warm summer evening and a glass.  It doesn’t need salt or a lime or the scantily clad body of a coed, though a lime isn’t an all together unpleasant accessory.  So, with that in mind, if I am going to make a cocktail with tequila, it has to be a good one. Something that comes together into that gestalt to magically show off the[…]

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Bitter Intentions

It’s been hot here.  And not just the usual “No problem; it’s a dry heat” hot, but that your eyes are hot; you can cook your brain kind of hot.   And it’s June. Looks like it could be a long one, so best make certain we have a sufficient cache of summer recipes.   To that end, I turned once again to B’s anniverary gift, Baiocchi and Parisea’s book Spritz.  I was looking for something involving lemons and came across Bitter Intentions, a creation of Bobby Heugel, proprietor of Anvil Bar and Refuge in Houston.    This little tipple uses a[…]

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Venetian Spritz

Summer’s decidedly underway here, and to celebrate (actually an anniversary gift), B gave me a copy of Spritz: Italy’s Most Iconic Aperitivo Cocktail, with Recipes.   We decided to go for a couple of classics, before wading into the modern machinations. Spritz’s originally started out in the 1800’s as a way to weaken the local wine when a bunch of Austrian’s found themselves trying to govern Veneto (Italy) with wine that was rather stronger than they were used to.  By the early 1900’s, the invention of soda siphons made it possible to add fizz to still wines.  Over the intervening decades,[…]

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The Mother-in-Law Cocktail

Today’s post is an homage to that most unjustly maligned group, mother-in-laws.   As exemplified by today’s post, they are, by and large, a fine and noble set.   I found today’s cocktail while perusing Chuck Taggart‘s GumboPages.com (credit given, lest I be ” étoufféed and served to Dr. Lecter, with a nice Chianti.”). This cocktail piqued my interest both by the high praised lavished and by the great backstory.  He does a fantastic job chronicling the tale, and you should definitely go read it. No, seriously, go read it (and then skip the next hackneyed paragraph I’m going to[…]

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