Well, this is just quick one. First the recipe from David Wondrich’s Esquire Drinks: 3/4 oz. gin 1/2 oz. brandy 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth 1/2 oz. Dry Vermouth 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Part of what makes this post short is the… Read More »Delmonico’s No. 1
Apparently this is going to be another blog post with a rambling backstory before I get to the drinking…. This story begins back in February. My delightful wife, B-, having given me a bottle of Green Chartreuse for Valentine’s day, emailed me with several websites about a cocktail that used… Read More »The Last Word…
To quote a recent New York Times article by Pete Wells, “If it’s purple and looks like it came from Mr. Softee, it’s not a daiquiri, no matter what the bartender says.” David Wondrich, in his regrettably out-of-print book Esquire Drinks, has the daiquiri as one of his four pillars… Read More »The Essence of Simplicity
This all starts with a stocking stuffer my father-in-law gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago, the July/August 2007 issue of Imbibe Magazine. They had an article pisco, on the brandy of Peru and (though highly disputed by Peruvians apparently) Chile. This intrigued me, an so begins a… Read More »The Pisco Sour
It all started out so simply. It’s summer. Limes are eight for a dollar. I like gimlets (especially gin, though vodka ones can slake the thrist in a pinch). So no problem. Make a gimlet, but use fresh lime juice and a splash of simple syrup. Only problem? A… Read More »Working back to a name…
It’s as American as Mom, apple pie and lemonade (well, as I like to think of lemonade anyway). To quote David Wondrich, “The Sidecare is often singled out as the only good cocktail to come out of the long national nightmare that was Prohibition.” Seems only fitting to celebrate the… Read More »The Sidecar
Today was hot. The first really hot one of the summer—103 to be specific. Just to keep things interesting, the power also went out for a couple of hours. Well, not surprisingly B wanted something refreshing to combat the ill effects of such a concatentation of circumstances. I got to… Read More »Making sense of a 103 degree day.
B here. When absinthe became legal again in the U.S. last year, M was overjoyed. I–less so. I remembered sipping from my mom’s Pernod when I was little, and the anise taste was nasty in my book. Plus, what sane person wants to drink a libation containing wormwood? M did.… Read More »The Monkey Gland