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.