Delmonico’s No. 1

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

The Last Word…

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…

The Essence of Simplicity

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

The Pisco Sour

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

Working back to a name…

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…

The Sidecar

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

Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup 1 cup sugar 1 cup water Bring the two to a boil until the sugar dissolves. Cool and store in the refrigerator for a few weeks.  Add a shot of vodka per pint and you buy a couple of more weeks.  Beyond that and the white fuzzies start… Read More »Simple Syrup

The Ramos Gin Fizz

This one has been taunting me for a while (not the glass St. Nick decoration in the background).  Oh well, this one is better when it’s warm anyway.  So on with it… 2 ounces Dry Gin 1/2 ounce Lemon Juice 1/2 ounce Lime Juice 1 ounce Cream 1 Egg White… Read More »The Ramos Gin Fizz

The Monkey Gland

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