Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy 11th Anniversary! Or, It is time to end!

It has been 11 years. Just recently I went through and deleted 200 posts, that is after I did almost as many last year.
I now have fewer posts than I have deleted, perhaps that is a sign?.
Welcome to the year. It may be the last for this blog, but I hope you all are having fun.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Cleaning up

I deleted just under 200 blog posts. It is the first step to prepare for the upcoming anniversary of this blog.
Feels good. I think I'll do some later. I still have a week or so.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Flash back 2010: I am a Winner!!!

I just heard that my friend Gaz Regan passed away. It is a great loss to the world. This is a post I wrote about winning a cocktail competition that he sponsored. I loved the Mandala he made me. I hope whoever has it now loves it too.
Here is the original post: >>>

So for the Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gaz Regan Sponsored a Cocktail Contest...

The contest was limited in that we were supposed to use Dubonnet, Bernheim Wheat Whiskey, Rittenhouse Rye, Lunazul Tequila or Pama Liqueur as the base of the cocktail and it had to be simple.
Anyways I won the Bernheim division of the contest and now I am going to let you in on how. . .
Being the wiseacre I am, I took 4 out of the 5 ingredients and mixed them together and surprisingly it tasted good (I would have used all 5 but I didn't have one of the ingredients...).

What I do when crafting a 'constrained' cocktail (one with specified ingredients) is mix them equal parts and experience on my palate what 'needs' to be adjusted (too sweet - less of that, to strong - less of that, to herbal/spicy/etc. - whichever . . . less of, or complete removal... and then I think in the opposite direction. . . need more of this, or more of that--etc.).

So here is the winning recipe...

Friskey Eve

20-25 ml Bernheim Wheat Whiskey [3/4 oz]
20-25 ml Rittenhouse Bonded Rye [3/4 oz]
20-25 ml Dubonnet Rouge [3/4 oz]
20-25 ml Pama [3/4 oz]

Stir and Strain into a chilled Glass
Garnish with an orange twist

Here is the Mandala that Gaz Made me... AWESOME!!!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mystery Mezcal . .secret

My friend sent me a sample marked Secret Mezcal. After tasting how yummy it was, I asked him to share with me who it was from and I would "keep" the secret. His reply: "I don't remember". Apparently traveling around Oaxaca, he stopped at a local palenque, he found it, bought a bunch and neglected to make detailed notes. Anyone who has been to Oaxaca has done this, but I thought I would share the tasting notes anyways.

Overall very savory, layered character-I love surprises.
The aromas are phenolic, with algae, oily roasted pepper, poblano, taro root, and casaba.
The palate begins at the aroma but is brighter and more vibrant, crisp and vigorous.
The finish is clean and layered with rich green vegetal characteristics popping up to prolong the interesting fade in a delicate balance.
Very nice mezcal. I paired it with roasted peanuts and dark chocolate. The pairing was magnificent.