Friday, July 23, 2010

A Yummy new Mezcal drink. . .

Burro del Fuego

1 1/2 oz Don Amado Reposado
3/4 oz Nardini Amaro
3/4 oz Triple Sec (i used Hiram Walker)
3/4 oz Lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
1 Small Jalapeno

Clean and chop Jalapeno toss it into your shaker muddle it with Mezcal, add other ingredients, shake until well chilled, double strain into chilled cocktail glass. Express lemon oils over drink and garnish with a lemon zest and then Enjoy!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I am a Winner!!!

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

The contest was limited in that we were supposed to use Dubonet, 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 wise acre 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 (to 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

20-25ml Bernheim Wheat Whiskey [3/4 oz]
20-25ml Rittenhouse Bonded Rye [3/4 oz]
20-25ml Dubonet Rouge [3/4 oz]
20-25ml 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, July 7, 2010

Old Man Drinks

Recently, I received a copy of  “Old Man Drinks”, by Robert Schnakenberg, for my perusal. I have been playfully stomping through it ever since. This book is a fantastic joy to read. It is filled with great cocktail history snippets, excellent drinks, wonderful photos, inimitable charm, timeless wit and occasional flurries of romantic musing or profound philosophical fun. Now before i go to far, this is a 'lifestyle' book. It is 'entertaining-- and meant to be that way. There are cocktails and everything else I mentioned, but they are merely 'parts' of a lovely montage. As soon as i have re-read it in a 'more orderly' fashion I am placing on the counter in my bathroom for every visitor to enjoy. This is a ineffably enchanting book, a fantastic gift, a nice placement on a coffee table (or bathroom reading), a smart book to place on your bar, but mostly it is just feisty good time with book covers. Find yourself a copy and enjoy it.
(I stole the picture from their lazy to get my camera out...)