Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Swizzle Dee Dee

 Pineapple Swizzled Punch
3/4 oz lime juice
1 oz pineapple molasses
2 oz pineapple rum
1 oz black blended overproof rum
aromatic bitters

Build as a swizzle. Top several dashes of bitters. Garnish with a cinnamon stick & cinnamon basil

Monday, February 10, 2020

It’s Tiki Month?

1-2 dashes aromatic bitters
½ oz lime juice
½ oz pineapple juice
½ oz orange juice
1 oz cane Coffey still aged rum
1 oz blended aged rum

Spindle blend with crushed ice. You know the drill

Footnotes, sub-recipes, links, anecdotes, to follow.

Having made some Devil's Reef style spiced coconut honey for a Voodoo Summoning, ahem, Guyana Zombie I was on the lookout for a recipe besides a Pearl Diver which I could augment. I settled on Daniele Dolla Pola's Nu Nui Nui. I even had the Barbancourt! A couple little tweaks and voila! a new (similar) drink. 

Stay tuned for more tiki

*make Gardenia Mix but substitute cream of coconut for the butter.

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Limits Of Reality

1 dash Elemakule bitters
½ lime
½ lemon
2 orange
¼ falernum
¼ Fassionola
½ orgeat
½ passion fruit syrup
½ Swedish punsch
1 plantations OFTD
1 calvados
1 Drumshanbo gin

Spindle blend with 12 crushed ice. Garnish with mint and a half passion fruit full of Appleton 12.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Rainy Day Greenpoints Nos. 13, 14, 15

Greetings travelers!

I haven't yet changed my ratio but my research that pointed me toward doing so indicated that Punt e Mes is the vermouth called for in a Greenpoint.  What's a poor boy to do? Punt e Mes isn't availabe here. (Well, it is if you're a licensee or are willing to buy at minimum a case).  Neither of those scenarios apply but let's put a pin in that for now...

2 oz rye
0.5 oz yellow Chartreuse
0.5 oz punt e mes
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters


13/52 Wild Turkey Rare Breed, VEP, Ango orange, Aussie aromatic, Gonzalez Byass, meyer lemon twist.  A delicious whiskey cocktail; sweet and boozy.

14/52 I went back to Jim Beam rye and stayed with VEP Chartreuse and Ango orange.  Wanting to up the bitterness (since lacking in Punt e Mes) I used Boker's bitters and Byrrh.  It was less sweet but not as bitter as I'd hoped.  Some jamminess from the wine crept in at the end.  

15/52 On a whim I bought some Dillon's vermouth. I'd avoided it in the past simply because I have a significant back-stock of sweet vermouth and felt my bar funds could be spent elsewhere.  I'm glad I bought a bottle.  This vermouth combined with the Boker's bitters and the cask strength Knob Creek made an exceptional cocktail. Complex bitter and boozy with flavours I'd not previously found in a Greenpoint. I think this vermouth (rather than the Byrrh) will be my go to for drinks calling for Punt e Mes, rightly or wrongly, even though I can't say if the flavour is correct; my expectation of bitterness is met.

Be Well. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Greeny Greeny Greenpoint


I haven't forgotten about you!  I've been continuing to make weekly Greenpoint cocktails (mostly) I just have been neglectful in sharing about them.  I could make a separate post for each but I shan't bother.  I've been sticking to the usual ratio but in light of some recent things i may change that, we'll see.

On with the show!

The recipe:

2 oz rye whisk(e)y
0.5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
0.5 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
1 dash aromatic bitters
1 twist of lemon

stir; strain; twist; serve up.

6/52 I used Alberta Premium whisky which is a 100% rye Canadian whisky.  Certainly a Canadian whisky and not a replacement for rye.  It does make nice cocktails but isn't something I would regularly drink on its own. Honey sweetness and herbs dominated this Greenpoint.

7/52  Jim Beam Rye, Yellow Chartreuse VEP, Angostura bitters & orange bitters, Gonzalez Byass vermouth. Lemon Twist. "A well balanced company. No ingredient upstaging any other"

8/52 Knob Creek & Strega (I did not note which bitters or vermouth I used) "Boozy and dry. Round sweetness creeps in later"

9&10/52 I made Old Fashioneds these weeks. Once with Knob Creek and once with Wild Turkey Rare Breed. I made no notes but rather enjoyed the experience of a simple cocktail and pleasent company. :)

11/52 Canadian Club 100% Rye, Yellow Chartreuse VEP, Gonzalez Byass, Ango bitterses. "Delicious, sweet and herbal.  Bread/grain later on."

12/52 Same as the previous but with Jim Beam Rye and a Meyer lemon twist. A striking new element seemed to emerge.  Something like dried herbs.  I suspect the meyer lemon is the source. 

Be well.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Greenpoint (Wiser’s Dissertation; Strega)

Number five of fifty-two Greenpoint cocktails 

2 oz J.P.  Dissertation 
0.5 oz Strega 
0.5 oz Gonzalez Byass la copa vermouth 
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash Angostura orange bitters

This week I decided to sub Strega for yellow chartreuse. I also used J.P. Wiser’s Dissertation (as it was still on the counter from yesterday's Human Rocket). The twist this time was grapefruit.

The ever vigilante Fred Yarm alerted me via Instagram that this drink was quite like Evan Harrison's Nonantum.

I found this variation to be delicious and herbal. Not any one ingredient dominated. Everything came together to make a lovely any-time-of-the-evening libation.

Be well 

Monday, December 03, 2018

Greenpoint (Jim Beam Bonded) Again

This week I stuck with the Jim Beam but went back to the MOFS and the Gonzalez Byass. 

2 oz Jim Beam Bonded 
0.5 oz Chartreuse MOFS 
0.5 oz Gonzalez Byass La Copa
1 dash Regan’s orabge bitters 
1 dash Australians Bitters Co. Bitters 
Stir; strain; twist 

I found this dry but not overly so. A well balanced drink that would be suitable any time. Not obviously for before or after a meal. Perhaps a pleasant second round after a Vieux Carré?  Not a loser but also not a winner. Much like that song you don’t care about at the end of side one or that house you never notice because it’s three properties from the intersection. A wholly capable whiskey drink but not a chart topper. Then again certainly not a pigeonholed drink either. Ah well. You know what they say about a Jack of all trades...

Be well