Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Stirred, Shaken, Crushed, Crushed, Cold Brew, Beer, Beer,...

So my three drinks a week plan has failed. I blame the hot weather and a family get-together. Yeah, that's the ticket!  Anyway here are some drinks you might enjoy:

First up was Jason Schiffer's Hipster Bike. I came across this recipe in my Instagram feed and thought t myself, "I have all those things!"

Narator: "He did not, in fact, have any of those things but he soldiered on with substitutions."

Hipster Bike
2 oz champagne (Outset sparkling wine) 
1.5 oz Gran Classic (Martini & Rossi Riserva Bitter) 
1 oz Kina L'Aero (Berto Vermouth Apertiv Tradission)
0.75 oz lime juice 
0.5 oz orange juice 

Pour champagne into a rocks glass filled with ice. Combine remaining ingredients in a shaker. Shake with ice. Strain into the rocks glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

With the remaining sparklinng wine I made myself an approximation of Martin Cate's Richard Sealebach  by dipping into my rum cabinet.

I enede up making two Crushed ice drinks. One was a quite sweet and approachable drink you might find in books or on other blogs. The other... well:

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Guyana Bird
0.75 oz Campari
0.5 oz lime juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz orange juice
1 oz Lemon Hart
1 oz Gosling's 151

Shake and dump with crushed ice as a Mail Tai. Garnish as you see fit. I found this to be dry but not austre like a Zombie. A delicate balance of sweet and bitter; a refreshing  slow sipper.

I posted a photo of the drink to Instagram and Tiare thought I'd named it wrong!

"Oh [I] forgot about that one!" She commented once I'd posted a link to the recipe. Ahh, to have so many recipes you forget about one.

I hope these recipes help quench your thirst and that I've pointed you toward good sources of drinks.

Be well

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Shaken; Stirred; Crushed. Third Week of August

Greetings! It's been a while. Never mind about that...

I've got a new idea. Three drinks a week. Let's see how long I can keep it up shall we?

Last week's Stirred drink:

French Impression
0.75 oz Vermouth Berto Apertiv DLA Tradission
0.75 oz Nordesia Vermú Blanco
0.25 oz Citadelle Gin
1.25 oz Byrrh
Orange twist

For some time now I've used Nordesia Blanco as a sub for Dolin Blanc. I've also used it as a sub for Cocchi Americano/Kina.  So imagine my consternation when I came across (via Fred Yarm) a drink calling for Dolin Blanc and Cocchi Americano! I pondered for a while and ultimately chose a peidmont Bianco as my sub. Sure I could've just bought some Lillet but where's the fun in that? Ultimately I subbed everything else in this Dan Braganca drink too. I didn't notice the peach finish that Fred mentioned but definitely found the orange twist tied the impression together.


0.75 oz Cocchi Americano (Berto Apertiv DLA Tradission)
0.75 oz Smith & Cross (Appleton White)
0.75 oz Rothman & Winter (Luxardo Albicocca) 
0.75 oz lemon juice. 
Shake. Strain. Up .

I first encountered the Culross many years ago at FIG in Charleston. It's always a solid choice .


In the ever ongoing saga of trying to keep up with CVS my most recent lacking product has been Malort. I took to Twitter for advice on substitutions. Most were tongue in cheek responses alluding to its awfulness but some were genuine recommendations.  Unfortunately most of the most similar products are also not available in this jurisdiction. Nevertheless I soldiered on in my attempt to make Fred's Cutman.
So far one recipe falls in line with the iced tea description and one does not. I've got two more substitutes to try and I'll report my findings then. In then meantime these and many other delicious recipes can be found at cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com.

Be well