Thursday, October 19, 2017

first of four

1 1/2 oz Prairie Gin (Damrak)
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Avèze Gentian Liqueur (Salers)
1/4 oz Crème de Violette (Rothman & Winters)
1/4 oz Honey Syrup

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a cucumber slice (lemon twist).

On Thursday two weeks ago, I remembered the Punch Drinks article on how to use Avèze in cocktails. As I reread the text, the recipe that I decided to make with Luke DeYoung's First of Four that he crafted at Chicago's Scofflaw. I was curious to see if Salers would work just as well in DeYoung's riff on an Aviation as it did in the Of Lambs and Lions.
The First of Four greeted the nose with a lemon bouquet with a hint of gentian; had I used the cucumber garnish, it probably would have brought out and complemented the gentian notes more than the lemon twist. Next, lemon on the sip transitioned into gin, earthy-herbal, and floral flavors on the swallow.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

hinky dinks fizzy

2 oz Sparkling Wine (Willm Blanc de Blancs)
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Apricot Liqueur (Rothman & Winter)
1 oz London Dry Gin (Beefeater)
1 oz Blended Lightly Aged Rum (Plantation 3 Star)

Blend all but the sparkling wine with 12 oz crushed ice and 4-6 small ice cubes, and pour with a gated strain into a 22 oz snifter with the sparkling wine (shake with ice, strain into a 16 oz snifter with sparkling wine, and fill with crushed ice). Garnish with a mint sprig (mint and a nasturtium).
Two Wednesdays ago, I was in a Tiki mood so I reached for the Smuggler's Cove book and found the Hinky Dinks Fizzy. The drink was created by Trader Vic's in 1984 for their 50th anniversary, and it reminded me of their 1950s era Rum Keg punch with a few changes including splitting the rum with gin, switching lemon to lime, and lightening the body with sparkling wine. The name itself pays tribute to the original name of the first Trader Vic's, Hinky Dink's. Once prepared, the Hinky Dinks Fizzy gave forth a mint and floral aroma that led into a carbonated lime and tropical passion fruit sip. Next, the gin's botanicals joined pineapple, white wine, and apricot flavors on the swallow.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

amaro sour

1 1/2 oz Amaro (Ramazzotti)
3/4 oz Bourbon (Fighting Cock 103)
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/4 oz Simple Syrup
1 Egg White

Shake once without ice and once with ice, strain into a rocks glass with ice or into a coupe without ice (rocks glass with ice), and garnish with a lemon-cherry flag.

Two Tuesdays ago, Andrea was in the mood for a digestif so I grabbed Brad Parson's Amaro. Out of the list of drinks I still want to make from that book, I was lured in by Brad's Amaro Sour that was based off of Jeffrey Morgenthaler's The Best Amaretto Sour in the World recipe. Brad swapped the amaretto for a dealer's choice pick of an amaro akin to Katie Emmerson and my Kitty Leroy Fix, and I opted for Ramazzotti which often gets overlooked on the amaro shelf despite being both affordable and flavorful.
The Amaro Sour when made with Ramazzotti began with a lemon and root beer aroma. Next, sweet caramel from the amaro was balanced by the lemon's crispness on the creamy sip, and the swallow offered root beer, licorice, and orange flavors that were well supported by the Bourbon backbone.

Monday, October 16, 2017

evening redness no. 1

2 oz Beefeater Gin
1 oz Carpano Antica (Cocchi Sweet Vermouth)
1/4 oz Campari
1/4 oz Angostura Bitters
1 tsp Sugar Cane Syrup (JM Sirop de Canne)

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a grapefruit (orange) twist.

Two Mondays ago, I was captivated by a recipe by Nicholas Jarrett called the Evening Redness No. 1 that I spotted on the Barnotes app. Jarrett crafted this number at Philadelphia's Franklin Mortgage and Investment Co. back in 2009, and the drink reminded me of a embittered Martinez crossed with a hint of Negroni. As a side note, the Evening Redness No. 2 varied by calling for Junipero instead of Beefeater Gin as well as Amaro Nonino instead of Campari; since I lack Amaro Nonino at home, it was an easy choice to make. I trusted Jarrett's call to shake this straight spirits drink and figured that it would yield a frothiness from the Angostura Bitters.
In the glass, the Evening Redness No. 1 shared an orange and juniper nose that preceded a rich off-dry grape sip. Next gin, clove, cinnamon, and orange flavors on the swallow rounded out the drink.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

autumn daiquiri

2 oz Mount Gay Eclipse Rum (Plantation Barbados 5 Year)
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/4 oz Cinnamon Syrup
1/4 oz Demerara Syrup
1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.
Two Sundays ago for the cocktail hour, I reached for the Death & Co. Cocktail Book. My search ended up in the Daiquiri variation section where I was drawn to Joaquin Simo's 2008 Autumn Daiquiri. The name reminded me of the Winter Daiquiri which used vanilla and allspice dram instead of the Autumn Daiquiri's cinnamon syrup and pineapple juice. In the glass, the Autumn Daiquiri presented the aged rum's caramel along with the syrup and bitters' cinnamon on the nose. Next, lime, caramel, and hints of pineapple on the sip led into rum, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove on the swallow.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


1 jigger Whisky (1 1/2 oz Rittenhouse Rye)
1 dash Grenadine (1/2 oz)
1 dash Benedictine (1/2 oz)
1 dash Lemon Juice (3/4 oz)

Stir with a lump of ice, add a cherry, twist a lemon peel over it, and serve with a spoon (shake with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a lemon twist).

Two Saturdays ago while cooking dinner, I began perusing the pages of Boothby's 1934 World Drinks & How to Mix Them when I spotted the Southern. The drink reminded me of a Frisco Sour with grenadine as well as my Frisco Sour-Jack Rose mashup, the Frisco Rose without the apple brandy and Peychaud's Bitters. For the spirit, the book referred to whiskey as "whisky" perhaps as a throwback to Prohibition when most of the whisk(e)y was either Canadian or Scottish, and I opted for an American rye whiskey here. And for the proportions and style, I crafted this more like a Sour than a built drink.
The Southern gave forth a lemon, whiskey, and hint of pomegranate bouquet to the nose. Next, lemon and berry on the sip led into rye and herbal notes on the swallow with tart lemon and pomegranate on the finish.

Friday, October 13, 2017


1 1/2 oz Cognac (Camus VS)
1 oz Dolin Blanc Vermouth
1/2 oz Nardini Amaro

Stir with ice, strain into a cocktail coupe, and garnish with a floated mint leaf.
After enjoying the Great Satan, I decided to make another recipe by Philadelphia bartender Paul MacDonald. The drink I made two Fridays ago was another straight-spirits Negroni-esque number that I spotted in the OnTheBar site called the Stigmata. Once prepared, the Stigmata gave forth mint aromas over dark notes from the aged brandy and the amaro's caramel. Next, caramel paired with sweet white grape on the sip, and the swallow supplemented the Cognac notes with herbal, chocolate, and mint elements from the vermouth and Nardini Amaro. Indeed, the mint garnish prepared the palate some of the amaro's botanical flavors on the finish.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

commando bird

1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2 oz Doctor Bird or Plantation Original Dark Rum (Plantation Dark)

Shake with crushed ice and pour into a glass (shake with ice, strain into a Tiki mug, and fill with crushed ice). I garnished with nasturtium flowers and added a straw.

Two Thursdays ago, I decided to make a drink that I had spotted on El_Nova_1's Instagram called the Commando Bird. The drink is a Jungle Bird riff crafted by Jason Alexander (a/k/a the Tiki Commando) of the Tacoma Cabana and Rum Bar. Here, the main variance from the late 1970s classic is that the simple syrup was switched to passion fruit syrup. Given how well Campari and passion fruit pair such as in the Novara, I was definitely intrigued. Moreover, the drink reminded me of the Urban Bird that I collaborated on for a drink of the day that swapped the classic's pineapple juice and simple syrup for orange juice and passion fruit syrup, and also the Aperol and gin 'I'iwi Bird came to mind.
In the mug, the Commando Bird donated a peppery floral aroma from my choice of nasturtium blossom garnish. Next, lime, pineapple, and a tropical note from the passion fruit filled the sip, and the swallow showcased the dark rum and the Campari-passion fruit bitter tropical flavors.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


2 oz Lustau Amontillado Sherry
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
1/2 oz Orgeat
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
2 dash Bittermens Molé Bitters

Shake with ice, strain into a double old fashioned glass, fill with crushed ice, garnish with mint sprigs, and add a straw.

Two Wednesdays ago, I decided to remake my submission to the 2017 Lustau Solera Stand Out competition. I was inspired by my Negroni Week offering that melded the classic Negroni with the 1960s Tiki drink the Saturn that I called the Negroni on Saturn. In remembering how well Amontillado and Oloroso sherry go well with nutty orgeat and tropical passion fruit, I rearranged the drink to make a sherry-driven Tiki drink with sherry subbing in for gin and sweet vermouth in my mashup and with molé bitters taking the place of the falernum as the spice element. For a name, I kept the god theme of the Saturn and went with a related one, Hercules, who was allegedly buried in Cadiz, Spain, the center of sherry production.
The Hercules began with a mint aroma that led into a creamy grape sip with hints of lemon. Next, the swallow was nutty from the sherry and orgeat with passion fruit softening Campari's bitterness, and it ended with a chocolate and passion fruit finish.