Friday, April 07, 2017

The Twang's The Thang

Not much to report. Just and MP3 of some of my music from... a while ago. Enjoy!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Mixology Monday CXVI: Irish Wake

It's that time, for the last time.

Our fearless leader has decided that Mixology Monday has run it's course. You can read the announcement here

The illustrious Doug has some thoughts on what blogging meant and what it means now. I however will tell a little story, as is my wont. I tried a good many drinks for this theme. I tried more than I usually do. Irish whiskey is not often in my cupboard so a-searching I went for recipes. There are some in my library which are nearly all to be found at Savoy Stomp. Notably I made myself an Irish Cocktail and Cameron's Kick. I even made a Good Things Come with floral bitters!.  By and large my experience was in line with the experiences of Messrs. Ellestad and Yarm so I didn't feel a need to retread those drinks. So what to make then? My thoughts went to the drink that in March 2014 made my bottle of Jameson disappear. This drink also had been blogged before so I think I'll tell you about my technique, eventually. First the recipe:

Irish Derby
1.5 oz Jameson
0.5 oz Byrrh*
0.5 Cointreau
0.5 oz lime juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 long lime zest

Second the instructions (and meandering): I shall point out that Elena instructs to first cut the lime with a channel knife. I do not do this first. First I make an ad hoc mise en place of my supplies and tools. Often I have not chilled the glass I intend to use. My preferred method is to fill the glass with ice (preferably cracked ice) and then add water. Like so:

While the glass is chilling we get to the rest of the process. Separate your Boston shaker. Measure you ingredients and pour them into the metal tin. Once all is poured in fill the glass (the glass of the shaker set!) with ice. Join the tin and the glass firmly and shake. Shake shake shake! Separate the glass from the tin. Set the glass in your sink and rinse now or later. Double strain from the tin into your coupe. Once the cocktail glass is full zest the lime. Zest the lime above the drink so as to add citrus oils to the drink. Drop the peel in. Take a photo. Write a blog post. Enjoy your cocktail:

There you have it. That's how I make a (shaken) drink, mostly. I think I covered all the steps. If you have questions please comment on this blog or @ me on twitter or Instagram. If you need advice on how to easily separate your Boston shaker once shaking has created a vacuum I suggest reading The Bar Book.


Thank you one and all!

Be well.

*I made a substitution. 

Monday, January 23, 2017

A Tale Of Two Schumanns

When you hear "Schumann" what comes to mind?


American Bar?


If you said both then perhaps you've come to the right blog. Stay tuned.

*phase-locked loop

MxMo: See Ecks Vee

It's that time again! Mixology Monday time! Our host this month is Katie at Garnish. (Here's the roundup post!)The them is chocolate. While I have been known to make boozy hot chocolate this time I'll go with white creme de cacao.

In my younger days I often shook up (in a cobbler!) a Grasshopper as after dinner tipple and this was my primary conveyance of creme de cacao into my belly. Eventually I made a substitution for the cacao and that became my house Grasshopper recipe, if you will. Perhaps I'll revisit it again but that's a story (and an ingredient) for another day.

On occasion creme de cacao appears in small doses in Tiki compliant recipes but more often I encounter it in classic styled drinks served up. While delicious there's, perhaps, an austerity to drinks such as Maxim, Twentieth Century, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern and the like. For me and for my money there's really only one reason to stock a bottle of creme de cacao. The Alexander!

Alexander No. 1
1.5 oz cream
1 oz gin
0.75 oz creme de cacao (white)

Shake. Strain. Coupe. Nutmeg.
adapted from Schumann's American Bar

There you have it! Classic delicious after dinner appropriate tipple.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Mixology Monday CXII: Mashup


Its been a while. Some other time we'll get into the whys and the wherefores. It's Mixology Monday time. The theme (picked by our illustrious leader Fred Yarm) is mashups. I presetn to you this mashup of the Japanese Ccocktail and the Bluegrass Mai Tai. Yeah, that's the ticket...

Simple Headphone Mind
1 oz Armagnac
1 oz Cognac
1 oz lemon juice
0.5 oz orgeat
0.5 oz Grand Marnier
3 dashes Boker's Bitters

Shake with ice and strain into a DOF filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint.

Cheers! Be well.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

That's Not A Good Drink, Bront!

Don't make this drink. Just don't do it. In the grand booze-blog tradition of "I drank it so you don't have to" I (reluctantly) present to you:

The Hacha Cocktail
"Rub the inside of the glass with a small section of fresh garlic. Equal parts Gin and Rye Whiskey, a dash of Peychaud's bitters. Grenadine until blush pink. Shale well and let stand 2 minutes before serving"

Uh, right. Let's try this:

1 clove garlic
1 oz gin
1 oz rye
0.25 oz grenadine
1 dash Peychaud's bitters

Cut garlic in half and rub inside of cocktail glass with it. Assemble wet ingredients in a shaker. Shake strain. Set timer for two minutes. 

As you can see I didn't bother double straining this one. I really wanted this to be drinkable at least. It isn't. Not even by me!

Garlic and gin works well in the Vampire. Rye and Peychaud's is a classic. But both at the same time? No, it's no good. Just as David Wondrich suspected.

Be well

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Tiki Tuesday: Mongoose In A Barrel

Ahoy! I'll bet you're thirsty. Let's not concern ourselves with where I've been and why I haven't been blogging and get right to it! Some time ago in the age of TDN there was a drink garnished in Egyptian godly fashion and calling for XO rum and named after a mongoose! It was Doug's Rikki Tiki Tavi. Not quite as long ago from Putney Farm came the Rickey-Tiki-Tavi. Both fine drinks. One perhaps more well-knit than the other. One perhaps less accommodating of substitution than the other? Anyhoo, rather than rehash drinks already presented let's put the drinks together! Hey let's use that bottle of Brennivin we've got too!

Reykjavik Tiki Tavi
1.5 oz Chairman's Reserve
1.5 oz Brennivin*
0.75 oz Smith & Cross
1 oz honey mix
1 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
0.75 oz orgeat
2 dashes Abbot's bitters

0.75 oz Louis Royer VSOP as a float.

Assemble in tiki fashion with much crushed ice and shake, whirr, blend, etc. Disgorge into a fanciful vessel. Float cognac. Garnish with tiki mayhem.

*In a pinch you can substitute whichever akvavit/aquavit you have on hand. Augment the drink's name in a suitable fashion if this is the case.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Woods Walk Wednesday

I was going to go for a walk in the woods. Then I was going to tell you all about the lovely trails of Warbler Woods. I was going to. The road to Hell yadda yadda...