Brew Year’s Eve


Seelbeer

1 oz bourbon <Woodford Reserve>
1/2 oz Cointreau
7 or so dashes Angostura bitters
7 or so dashes Peychauds bitters
4-5 oz (chilled) Biere de Champagne <Enlightenment Brut>

Build in a champagne flute in the order given. Optional lemon twist for garnish


Champagne is to New Year’s Eve as turkey is to Thanksgiving.  A longstanding tradition that is actually sort of boring on its own.  A great way to mix things up this NYE is to use that champagne (or sparkling wine) as a component in more interesting drinks.  You still get the thrill of poppin’ a bottle on New Year’s, but you’ll also get a bit more enjoyment out of its contents. Continue reading

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Break Out the Metal Pole


Rock the Bells

1 1/4 oz Rock and Rye <Hochstadters>
1 oz amber rum <Folly Cove>
1/2 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz orange juice
Few dashes Fee Bros whiskey barrel aged bitters

Shake with ice, strain into ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with orange peel


There was a restaurant in the town where I grew up that billed itself as a trendy, modern italian place.  It was the first restaurant I ever saw that had “trattoria” in its name.  While I don’t remember much about their food, they did have a giant jar upfront filled with rock candy.  I have no idea why, but I didn’t ask questions. I would just make sure to grab one every time I was in there.  It was like candy crack to me.  Imagine my surprise years later when I found out about a cordial made by combining rye whiskey, rock candy, orange peel and some bitter herbs.  Needless to say, I grabbed a bottle as soon as I found it. Continue reading

It’s Pronounced Yah-grrr


Jagroni

1 oz gin <Boodles>
1 oz Becherovka
1 oz sweet vermouth <Dolin>
Few dashes orange bitters <Regan’s>

Stir with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass


 

I took my 4 year old (4 3/4 if you asked her) to her first NHL game last weekend. It was a matinee affair with the Bruins taking on the Panthers. I’d rather it was a Ranger game, but such is the life of a New York sports fan living in Boston. Regardless, we both had a blast. Continue reading

Learning to Fly


Aviation

2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Maraschino liqueur <Luxardo>
1/4 oz lemon juice (up to 1/2 oz if you like your citrus)
(the classic recipe calls for 1/8-1/4 oz Creme de Violette. I don’t have it at home, so I omit it, at no detriment to the drink though).

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry*.


If the Manhattan was the drink that had me sticking my toe in the classic cocktail pool, the Aviation made me want to take a running start and do a cannonball in there.

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