Monday, June 25, 2012

Naming Rights

Coffee 229/365 The local sports arena/concert venue is slated to undergo a name change. It seems the John Labatt Centre will become Budweiser Gardens. This sort of thing happens all the time. The rights holder changes the name or the rights expire and go to the highest bidder which also results in a name change. There may be some public debate but ultimately we have no say. Just as I have no say in the names of cocktails at Salt Lake's Bar-X. It has come to my attention that they serve a drink called Medicine Hat. I named a drink that once. It was at TDN: Double Barreled.

So, what to do? Do I rename my drink? Do I leave it be and let two recipes exist on KC to confound future imbibers as to how one drink can have two recipes?

I don't know. Let me sleep on it, I'll give you an answer in the morning.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

"I Am A Shrubber"

June 7th at the request begging of JFL there was a low key TDN. A pop-up if you will. TDN: Berries.
After dinner in downtown Charleston the Missus and I returned to our hotel. Just to see what blueberry drinks had been concocted I logged in to twitter. Much to my surprise The "unofficial" TDN was getting tweeted from  The Mixoloseum. To the chatroom I went! JFL had left but Fred and Zach were there. As I was in a hotel room and without supplies I felt I had nothing to contribute. Fred suggested that a theoretical drink would suffice. Instead I went with a drink I had made the week before after making a strawberry gastrique. The drink, and the others from that weeks TDN, can be found here. While true that I did not offer my gastrique recipe at the time I will present it now:

Strawberry Gastrique
4 oz apple cider vinegar
2 oz raspberry balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup stewed strawberries
1 cup sugar
Bring liquid and fruit to a boil. Stir in sugar. Simmer for 20min. Strain through a coffee filter in to a Santa Claus shaped jar. Let cool. 

I used Jonny Raglin's Ginger Gastrique (as found in F&W Cocktails 2012) recipe as a starting point. The discussion at some point turned to shrubs and how they differed from gastriques. The consensus was that a shrub goes in a glass and a gastrique on a plate. Nevertheless Jonny Raglin calls his a gastrique. Who am I to argue?


Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I Don't Like Beets

I don't like beets.  I like many other roots and many earthy things but not beets. I did find a way to tolerate them though, courtesy of FIG in Charleston, SC. When sweetened with strawberry and surrounded with whisky, vermouth, and bitters I actually enjoy beet juice. Go figure. Beats me!