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
We tried the modified recipe last night. It was a significant improvement (B agreed on that one). It is still on the sweeter side, but there’s a balance and complexity that was missing before. Our new recipe is… 2 oz. Scotch (something blended) 1 oz. Cherry Heering 1 oz. Sweet… Read More »Blood and Sand, a follow up
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that (wonder where I’m going with this?) Scotch doesn’t play well others. There are very few exceptions to this… the Rob Roy (a Scotch Manhattan) and well, ice. Other than that, it’s pretty much a collection of ill conceived notions. This drink, however, is… Read More »Blood and Sand
East India Cocktail 3 oz. brandy 1/2 oz. raspberry syrup 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 tsp. orange Curacao (Cointrea) 1 tsp. maraschino liqueur from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails by Ted “Dr. Cocktail” Haigh. We might just have to file this one under “Seemed like a good idea at the… Read More »Why they all can’t be winners
First the formal introductions… 2 oz. Rye Whiskey 1/2 oz. Cointreau 1 oz. Sweet Vermouth 1/2 oz. Lime Juice Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Last night B and I enjoyed this one again for the first time in a long while. I have to admit… Read More »The Oriental Cocktail
The Mojito Ingredients 2 oz. Rum 3/4 oz. lime juice 6-8 mint leaves (and a sprig) 1 tsp. bar sugar (superfine, not powdered) Soda water (seltzer, not club soda) Mixing Instructions In a tall collins glass, muddle mint leaves, sugar and lime juice. Add rum. Add ice. Top with soda.… Read More »The Mojito, v. 1.1?
Emerson Ingredients: 1 oz Sweet Vermouth 1 1/2 oz Gin Juice of 1/2 Lime 1 tsp. Maraschino liqueur (a key ingredient in the Hemingway Daiquiri) Mixing instructions: Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve. It’s probably more tasty than transcendental. But if you have the… Read More »A Tasty bit of Transcendentalism