The Big Suit
2 oz Apple Brandy
3/4 oz Punt e Mes
1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
Stir with ice, strain into an empty rocks glass.
In my opinion, the topic of best live concert film ever is basically a two horse race. For shear star power, The Band’s The Last Waltz is mindblowing. Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Dr. John, Bob Dylan…and that’s barely half of all the cameos. The show depicts The Band’s last concert, and they use their musician pals not just to re-imagine their own hits, but also play backup on a number of covers with the original artists as well. And from a purely musical and performance standpoint, we have The Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense. Stitched together from performances across three nights, this is peak Talking Heads. The show slowly builds from their early art-pop-punk songs to the groove-oriented prog-funk arrangements (thanks to some help from Bernie Worrell) of the Remain in the Light era. At this point you’re probably wondering what this has to do with cocktails. Don’t worry, I’ll get there.
After participating in a few Mixology Mondays, I decided it’s time for me to step up and take on the hosting duties myself. It is both an honor and a privelege. For those unfamiliar with the concept, here’s the tl;dr version of Mixology Monday: Somebody picks a theme, then within two weeks, like-minded cocktail folk from across the interwebs submit their recipes using said theme. You can check out the site to learn more. Continue reading
1 oz Gin <Short Path>
1 oz Campari
1 oz Simple Syrup
1/2 oz Lime Juice
~4 oz Grapefruit Soda <Izzy>
Combine everything except the soda in a shaker with ice. Shake, strain into an ice filled Collins glass, and top with grapefruit soda. Give a quick stir to combine. Garnish with lime wedge
Hot weather continues to be the theme of late here in Boston, so refreshment is of utmost importance. That means ice. That means fizz. That means citrus. Sounds like a Tom Collins to me. This old standard combines gin, lemon, sugar and club soda to combat the scorchiest of heat waves. As delicious as it is, sometimes I want just a little more kick in my drinks. Luckily, the Tom Collins is as good a template for exploration as it is a thirst quencher. Continue reading