Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Whiskey Wednesday: Heaven's Gold

Well, I didn't have a clue what to write about for this Whiskey Wednesdays so I went to the Cyrus Noble website and saw "Heaven's Gold". This little beauty is simple and minimalistic. I made a couple adjustments that I will detail after the recipe:


Heaven's Gold

2 oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon
5 dashes Peach bitters
1/2 oz All spice simple syrup

Stir ingredients briefly over ice, pour into an Old Fashioned that has been rinsed with absinthe 
and garnish with a lemon twist.

So here are some of my adaptations: a} 2 1/2 oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon instead of 2. b} I used St Elizabeth All Spice Dram instead of the simple syrup (for one I love the stuff and two I am not going to make a batch of syrup to try 1 drink...). c} I used Fee Brothers Peach bitters and 8 dashes instead of 5. d} For the absinthe I used Emperor Norton.

The drink was tasty. Probably drier because of the Allspice Dram substitution--which is perfect for me. If was making it for someone else and I didn't have the syrup I would probably add a dash of simple and keep the bourbon to 2 oz.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tequila Tuesday: NOM 1580 Destiladora El Paraiso

Well I have returned from my trip to Jalisco and as promised, here are some pictures from my trip. I am going to break these up into 3 posts, so they will be less confusing. The first distillery was NOM 1580 Destiladora El Paraiso, S.A. de C.V.. I wrote up the tequila here, so if you want some refresher info just click.



Here are some pictures...


 These are a couple shots of the agave fields, but I took dozens.

Below is my buddy Aaron checking out one of the Hornos. 
They cut the agaves and remove the bitter cogollo from the center before roasting them.




The roast is achieved by no-pressure steam and they bake the agave for 6 hours to clean them and make sure any foreign matter and all of the bitter wax is rinsed off; then roasting continues for 30 more hours with a 6 hour cool down afterwards.





After roasting and cool down they are sent through this shredder. 

Then they are set to ferment with their proprietary yeast strain.

                  After fermentation it is distilled first in a stainless steel pot still and second distillation occurs in a copper pot still.





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Monday, February 24, 2014

Mezcal Monday: Oaxacan Night

Well it is Mezcal Monday and this week I wanted to revisit this drink that I made with Don Amado Rustico

I have great memories of one particularly great night sitting on the rooftop in Oaxaca, sipping  Don Amado Rustico (click to read my tasting notes) and nibbling on fresh citrus and coco nibs. The flavors went together so well, when I was reminiscing, they became the inspiration for this drink  .




Oaxacan Night

1 1/2 Oz Don Amado Rustico
3/4 Oz Mandarine Napoleon
1/2 Oz Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao
2 Dashes Angostura

Stir to thoroughly chill and strain into a chilled glass.

Nice memories.. . .

Originally I made this with Doorda Chocolate Liqueur, which is fantastic, but very rich. I think the Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao works brilliantly in this (and many, many other) drinks.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Whiskey Wednesday: The Seelbach Cocktail

I have been a fan of the Seelbach Cocktail for a while, so I thought I would share it for this Whiskey Wednesday. It is named after the Louisville, Kentucky hotel where it was first made in 1917. During prohibition the recipe was lost, but luckily, when doing some renovations at the hotel, they rediscovered the recipe sometime in the 1990's. The Seelbach Cocktail is a true classic that can easily sway someone who is not traditionally a fan of bourbon. Here it is:



The Seelbach Cocktail

1 oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon
1/2 oz. Cointreau
7 dashes Angostura bitters
7 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
4-5 oz Sparkling wine

Stir ingredients briefly over ice, strain into a chilled glass, top with Champagne and garnish with a long lemon twist.
So here are some of my preferred adaptations: a} 1 1/2 oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon instead of 1 . b} I switch up the Cointreau, some good subs are: Clement Creole Shrub or Mandarine Napoleon without changing the drink so much it need to be renamed. c} The glass is usually a flute, but I like a sour glass. d} For the sparkling wine I use Cava usually. e} For the garnish some say orange, but I prefer lemon in this--I don't know which one is the original.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tequila Tuesday: Into the breach....


So excited! I Leave in a couple days for Guadalajara and from there I will be visiting:
NOM 1580 Destiladora El Paraiso, S.A. de C.V.,
1414 Feliciano Vivanco y Asociados, S.A. de C.V. and
1146 Tequileña, S.A. de C.V. - La Tequileña . . .

Checking out the ArteNOM Distilleries and I will post some pictures next week.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Mezcal Monday: Beloved Fuzzy. . .


This Mezcal Monday is another simulcast with Mixology Monday! This month is hosted by Andrea of Ginhound blog and the theme is "SOURS"...I LOVE IT!

'Mixology Monday'

So as usual I am thinking mezcal (it is Mezcal Mondays over here) and last Mezcal Monday I made a tasty drink, that started as an experiment inspired by a visit to Playground. At the end of my post I had an idea "As I was finishing this (and the drink) it hit me... A healthy dose of lemon juice...maybe a 1/2-3/4 Oz. I'll Try it and let you know...". Excellent, now we have a "SOUR".

The citrus does freshen it up. Here is the original post and recipe: Fuzzy Beloved, and here is the citrus variation:
Beloved Fuzzy

1 1/2 Oz Don Amado Rustico
1/2 Oz Torani Amer

3/4 Oz Lemon Juice
2 Oz Lager

Roll with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
2-4 Dashes 
Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters


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I think Joe Valdovinos (of Playground and the original inspiration for the experiment) nailed it when he said after making both versions: " The lemon tasted great as well, but I liked the depth of sans citrus". I have to agree, but it is fun to see what happens to a drink with one simple modification, in this case adding a sour component.

Thanks Andrea of Ginhound here is the MxMo recap!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Whiskey Wednesday: Apple Witchcraft

Well for this Whiskey Wednesday I stumbled onto something very interesting... The name reflects how seemingly scary and harmless the drink appears simultaneously. Here is the recipe:

Apple Witchcraft

1 1/2 oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon

1/2 oz Fernet VALLET
3 oz Apple Juice

Shake with ice & strain chilled glass
Mist Angostura Bitters on top.

This is deep, and chewy. I wanted to use unfiltered apple juice but I didn't have any. The filtered certainly looks pretty--and it did work nicely also.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Tequila Tuesday: 1+1+1+1=Fun

This Tequila Tuesday I am going to further my adventure into drinks with equal proportions... Here it is:


1+1+1+1=Fun

1 Oz Purasangre Blanco
1 Oz Amargo VALLET
Oz Lemon Juice
1 Oz Simple (1 to 1)

Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with citrus twist expressed over the top of the drink.

Huge, tangy and layered, this could easily go on the rocks with 1 Oz Soda added. This is nice to sip on along with a big meal, or really any time.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mezcal Mondays: Fuzzy Beloved

Mezcal Monday . . .This is a tasty drink, really I was trying it as an experiment. Beer cocktails are all the rage. I went to Playground last week and showed up right as Joe and Jarred were working on drinks for the Noble Ale Works anniversary (which I stupidly missed because didn't put the date on my calendar and just checked now--it was Saturday. O_o ). Anyways, I got to sit in on a bunch of drinks made with beer and I was inspired. My biggest problem with this drink is that it is not as good as the drinks Joe was making (let's face it Playground is all around awesome and Joe kills it there). But my drink is still good. If I had a few different beers I bet I could nail it. Anyways the drink is worth a try, here is the recipe:



Fuzzy Beloved

1 1/2 Oz Don Amado Rustico
1/2 Oz Torani Amer

2 Oz Lager

Stir and strain into a chilled glass.
2-4 Dashes 
Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters


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P.S. As I was finishing this (and the drink) it hit me... A healthy dose of lemon juice...maybe a 1/2-3/4 Oz. I'll Try it and let you know...

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Whiskey Wednesday: Who you gonna call?

Well for this Whiskey Wednesday I was fooling around with equal proportion recipes and this one is quite good! The name was a joke I made to myself when I took the picture next to an old looking phone, why not? Here is the recipe:


Who you gonna call?

1 oz Cyrus Noble Bourbon

1 oz Amargo VALLET
1 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth

Stir with ice & strain
This works on ice or up.

Also you could boost the Cyrus Noble to 1 1/2 Oz for a more "Bourbon forward drink".

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tequila Tuesday: Tequila of the month?

There is a new site that has this cool idea to spread the good news of tequila; Tequila of the Month!

This month feature Lapis Platinum. . .

There are all kinds of cool links that are relevant in one convenient location plus a write up by your truly!

Check it out.

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Mezcal Monday~~The Acton

Mezcal Monday . . .This is a great drink. I said it, I will stand by it and I will drink what you don't finish.
Basically it follows the recipe of a negroni, but so do a hundred other recipes....
This drink is 1:1:1 . . .super gorgeous ratios and amazing to remember!
I call it the 'Acton' because of an online discussion with a friend (lets leave it at that..it was public enough.).
The drink is wonderful, it is layered, deep, contemplative, structured and 100% delicious. So here it is: The Acton...


Acton

1 Oz Don Amado Reposado
1 Oz Carpano Antica

1 Oz Aperol

Stir and strain into a chilled glass.
2-4 Dashes 
Fee Brothers Gin Barrel-Aged Orange Bitters


So good . . .

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