Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"I Resolve To Call Her Up A Thousand Times A Day. Ask Her If She'll Marry Me..."

Sometimes you have to put your own plans aside and give the people what they want. The Federal Glass Martini and Gibson will wait. The 10 drinks from Cocktaildb with an onion garnish will wait. TNT will wait. Acapulco will wait. Daily dinners will wait. Here then, as I promised threatened long ago, is the drink to end all drinks. You think my fizz/buck had a lot of Ango? You think Erik posted an impropbable drink? Think the Stormy Mai Tai is silly? Maybe instead you think the Trinidad Sour is where it's at? Regardless,  I'll bet you think you know what cloves taste like. I doubt it. C'mon now, I dare you. I dared you to drink a Yellow Rattler. Time for a real challenge. Drink this!

Angostura Old Fashioned
2 oz Angostura Aromatic Bitters
0.5 oz cane syrup
1 dash Peychaud's Bitters

Build over ice. Garnish with a lime twist. But not some sissy basket weaving lime twists. No, an optical illusion!

This is good. Not so good that I don't need anything else in my liqour cabinet but good none the less.


Cheers! Pogue Mahone!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"Of All The Trees That Are In The Woods..."

Some time ago I received a bottle of aged apple gin. How it got here doesn't matter. Fuhgettaboutit. Anyway, besides the White Heather and the Leap Year back in February (as if you somehow don't know when Leap Day is... sheesh) I've not been sure what to do with it. So like any good booze-nick after checking my library and coming up with nothing I went to the COCKTAIL DATABASE! There are 3 recipes using apple gin. Three. One in particular caught my attention because of it's likelihood to allow me to finish some bottles that, honestly, have outworn their welcome (cough, -cough- Bols Blue). The recipe in question is the Ivy. I figured that the aged apple gin/triple sec combo would reasonably sub for apple gin & Grand Marnier. As it is I expect that the drink is far less blue when made "according to Hoyle."  Anyway this is a tasty one, I feared that 6 ingredients might make for a muddled drinks but in this case it all works nicely together. Unless you want to make a really big drink though it means for lots of fiddly measuring. All in the name of science blue drinks!

1/6 Bombay Dry Gin
1/6 Meagher's Triple Sec
1/6 Round 5 Gin
1/6 Martini & Rossi Dry
1/6 Bols Blue Curacao
1/6 lemon juice

Shake. V-Formation

This recipe, the Cocktaildb tells us, was invented by T.E. Pooley. I don't know who that is. Oh well.