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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

Blood and Sand, a follow up

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

Blood and Sand

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

Why they all can’t be winners

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

The Oriental Cocktail

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

Harvard Fizz

B here. It’s hot today here in the Central Valley of California, and I assisted M while he changed the oil in our truck. After that it was cocktail time. But what to have? I wanted something light but not overly summery. I wanted to go into my air conditioned… Read More »Harvard Fizz

When Scientists Drink

M here. We’ll kick this one off with a bit of rhetorical stroll. It begins when I received And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails by Wayne Curtis as a birthday gift from our friends the Bob and Nancy. It’s an easy and… Read More »When Scientists Drink

The Mojito, v. 1.1?

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?