Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tiki (Compliant) Tuesday: Flight Of Fancy

This past weekend seemed to be the weekend of the Jungle Bird. At least it seemed that way on Instagram. Jungle Birds and riffs on it kept popping up in my feed. Many made with Santeria rum! Lacking that rum but wanting to be a joiner (as I sometimes do) I decided to make a cool and refreshing libation to celebrate the long weekend and the nice weather.

Flight Of Fancy
1.5 oz Myer's Rum
0.75 oz Poli Airone Rosso Aperitivo*
0.5 oz lime juice
0.5 oz falernum
1.5 oz pineapple juice

Prepare as one would a Jungle Bird (or a PW&L; I'm not picky).


*One could of course substitute Aperol.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mixology Monday CIX: Dry Cocktails

Ahoy good reader! It's once again time to join the monthly online cocktail party. This month our host is The Booze Baron and the theme is Dry Cocktails.

"Like really dry.  Bone dry."

The challenge is to present a drink other than a Martini that achieves such dryness. I think I've done just that! I've taken The Baron at his word and kept the spirit component at 80% of the drink. I hummed and hawed about how to do this and then came across a drink made up of five halves. (I'll leave the original drink for another day. Your imagination or sleuthing may find it). So, one fifth fortified wine and the rest liquor eh? Got it! A drink which through alchemy makes it's components not immediately obvious. Feel free to experiment with brands other than those which I used.

In Fidel
3 parts Havana Club Anejo Blanco
1 part Ballantine's Blended Scotch
1 part La Gitana Manzanilla
1 dash Fee's orange bitters

Stir with much ice. Strain into a coupe.

Thank you Nick for hosting. Thank you Fred for keeping the MxMo going. Thank you Bill for the drink name; I had other name ideas but this one I can't Raúl out.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mixology Monday One Oh Eight: Swizzles

Plug in your tube amplifier. Let it warm up. Open your tweed Fender case. Take a deep breath. Polish up your Tele. Put on your brass finger picks. Dial up a clean sound, mostly. A little dirt is okay. Maybe just a little. Play ZZ Top's Enjoy And Get It On.

Now, drink that!

Oh, you can't? Well, drink this:

Q. Bakula Swizzle
 2 oz lime juice
0.5 oz simple syrup 
1 oz orange juice
1 oz Myer's rum
1 oz Lemon Hart rum
0.5 oz 151 rum
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 drops Absinthe

Build in a pilsner glass, fill with crushed ice. Swizzle to mix and chill. Top with a few more dashes of Angostura Peychaud's bitters. Garnish with mint and a ceylon stick. A straw would be helpful.

Now imagine this is the soundtrack to a Tarantino re-imagining of Quantum Leap. You get the idea...

Many thanks to Fred for this whimsical theme and for being this month's host! 

Friday, April 08, 2016

No Shame In Losing

Do you like Gladiator movies? Do you like podcasts? Do you like tales of misadventure? Are your musical tastes "eclectic"? Are you feeling generous?

I suggest if the answer to any of those questions is yes you check out the music of Octopus Caveman (Hell, maybe even buy some of it!) and also listen to one or all of his podcasts. In particular listen to Once Upon A Time In Mexico on the Getting F**ked Up With Octopus Caveman podcast. Then maybe throw the guy a bone.

"But Dagreb, why?"

Because I said so. That's why.

Be Well.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Mixology Monday 107: Burden Of Proof Menu

Forgive me for posting drink recipes on Good Friday but this is how the cookie has crumbled. My Mixology Monday party was called Burden Of Proof and I wanted guests to share their recipes using overproof spirits. I had to set the bar somewhere and I chose anything over 50% abv. One of the great things about a party (potluck, theme, costume or otherwise) or similar ventures is that no matter how many things you consider someone will always think of something you hadn't. It's great to see other people's perspective and it enriches the experience. Enough with the gushing and let's get to the menu:

First, and most mysteriously, (owing to my own ignorance no doubt) is the Instagram exclusive entry from @wsstik using strawberry infused Old Grand Dad 114. This was a popular spirit this month as you'll see. The drink is a Fancy Sour.

Next, I believe, is the always inspiring Stacy Markow with the Green Chartreuse Smash. I expected Chartreuse to be in a few of the drinks but it wasn't as popular as I'd hoped. But really, how could you top this?

Pete Barmeister of Meticulous Mixing puts Pusser's Gunpowder Proof rum to use in a Navy Grog and then in a Hot Grog. Delicious, I'll bet!

Logophobe of the Intemperance blog puts forth a Bahia Cocktail. It's not the recipe I'm familiar with but rather a riff on the Bijou and on homage to a disputed emerald! Perhaps you can top the smash?

Tiare (or is it Helena?) of A Mountain Of Crushed Ice mixes up three drinks for the party! Her Rivers Royale Daiquiri and two tiki drinks: a Tasman Sea (using non-demerara 151) and a 2070 Swizzle Redux.

Nick Rose at The Booze Baron goes over the top using a 91.2% abv Absinthe tempered with black coffee, Campari, and a 60% abv orange liqueur! Here is the O.T.T.O.P.

Ian Lauer of Tempered Spirits adds the Rust N Dust to the party menu. It's a kinda-sorta Old Fashioned using Smoke Pit Syrup. What's that? Read the post and find out! Hell, make your own even.

The Boozenerds have a dalliance with the Amaretto Sour and then settle for an orginal tiki-compliant drink called Out Of Pocket. Rum, lime, orgeat, bitters, etc. My kinda drink!

Doc Elliot prescribes us more 151 rum. This time it's mixed with B&B in the Elephant's Memory and in the Elephant's Thoughts.

From the Ginhound blog Andrea presents The Stanley Daiquiri. Inspired by a preparation for steak (of all things!) it's a drink served up using Wray & Nephew Overproof and horseradish syrup. Oh my!

Melding together the 151 Swizzle and the Hemingway Daiquiri Kafke Latte (Robin) of Kitchen-Shamanism puts Papa's 151 Swizzle on the menu. Let's all just take a moment shall we?

Maybe a nice sorbet. Perhaps some plain crackers. That was a lot of rum. There's more to come!

Alright. Shake your head. Have some black coffee. Do jumping jacks. This isn't finished.

Mindtron at Buried Pleasure is perhaps the quintessential participant this month with both OGD 114 and Lemon Hart 151. They're not in the same drink mind you... We have The Bearded Gentleman and a Nuclear Daiquiri riff using creme de cacao: Closing Time Daiquiri.

Alex at Stag And Otter uses cask strength Laphroaig as a rinse in Smoke Over The Temperance. A powerfully flavoured high proof rinse puts me in mind of a Sazerac and I think this is the only such recipe this month. Bravo Alex!

Our illustrious leader actually lights something on fire (as do I, but we'll get to that) in The Ankle Breaker. A tiki drink from 1950s Charleston, SC.

What about me? Well I made an Old Fashioned. Boring I realise but whaddayagonnado? Oh, I also made Jason Alexander's Colada Noir (with a substitution).

We're not done!

Dominik MJ reads between the lines and gets closer to my original intention of overproof (which I lowered so as to not exclude Chartuese) with Navy Strength gin, malic acid & saline solution (no, really!) in the Plymouth Navy Strength Green Apple Basil G & T. A figurative and literal mouthful! But really what do you expect from the Opinionated Alchemist?

Now, I did set the limit. 50% abv and above I said. Joel at Southern Ash uses Wild Turkey 101 (so 50.5% abv) in a move I must applaud. I too often enjoy being subversively literal. Oh wait, theres some 120 proof absinthe in there too! Joel`s drink is the hastily constructed Over The Falls. There may be some future tweaking and use of vermouth. If you do Joel, hold your hat!

Mr Muddle (not the Roger Hargreaves one, for the most part) uses me as an enabler my theme as a reason to pick up the OGD 114 he'd been eyeing and use it for infusing. (Sound familiar? Sounds delicious.) the result is the Photo Negative with vanilla-date bourbon.

Finally my friend and yours (but mostly mine probably) the Hawaiian Shirted DJ at Spirited Remix uses Old Grand Dad 114 in, wait for it...

...Morgenthaler's Amaretto Sour! Hurrah!

There you have it folks out menu of overproof cocktails. Lots of OGD 114. A little Charteuse. Not enough JWray. Such is life. Thank you to all the guests! My apologies if I've forgotten anyone or misspelled any names etc. Please comment corrections below. Please host a Mixology Monday yourself!

Thank you to Helena Tiare for a) letting me know that I'm not the only one who ignites Stroh. b) for blogging the drink that I then chose to submit.

Thank you Fred for continuing to put up with me.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Mixology Monday 107: Colada Noir & OP OF

Ahoy! Let's cut to the chase shall we? I put out the call for drinks with overproof ingredients and managed to use two spirits which I often am at a loss to use.

Colada Noir
0.5 oz lime juice
0.75 oz Cream of Coconut
0.75 oz Vauxhall Nectar
2 oz pineapple juice
2 oz Smith & Cross rum
1 dash Angostura bitters.

Shake with plenty of crushed ice (I'm serious!) and serve in a suitable vessel. Use that Stroh soaked star anise as garnish!

Smith & Cross is one of those things I'm supposed to like but often find I don't. With Jason Alexander's recipe and Helena's substitution though I can forsee this bottle not lasting long!

Then there's Knob Creek Single Barrel bourbon. I enjoy Knob Creek and I enjoy Knob Creek Rye. When I see it for sale I buy the Single Barrel for similar reasons to why my girlfriend will chose to see (out of the options at the local theatre) the movie with the longest running time. More bounce to the ounce! While this potent bourbon works some of the time a lot of the time it needs a lot of dilution, or something. Enter Basement Bitters Bitter Frost. I can't quite place it but there's something about the bitters that remind me of my youth. Granpa's aftershave? Dad's cardigan? A broken bottle of rye in a pile of leaves... in the sugarbush? I don't know. If you happen to come across it buy a bottle! It may just tame a beast of a spirit in an old fashioned manner. ;)

Overproof Old Fashioned
2 oz Knob Creek Single Barrel
0.25 oz simple syrup
3 dashes Bitter Frost
Build, stir, no garnish.

Thursday, March 17, 2016


Take some star anise. Soak them in Stroh 80, or whichever overproof you've got that you'd rather not drink. See you tomorrow.