1 oz Rye Whiskey [Rittenhouse]
1 oz American Single Malt Whiskey [Ryan and Wood]
1/4-1/2 oz Earl Gray Tea Syrup*
Few dashes DRAM Palo Santo bitters
Scant barspoon each of Ardbeg 10 (or other smoky scotch) and Absinthe
Rinse rocks glass with absinthe and scotch, set aside. Combine everything else in a glass and stir with ice. Strain into rinsed rocks glass, express oils from a lemon twist and discard.
* Earl Grey Tea Syrup – steep three Earl Grey Tea bags in 3/4 cup near boiling water for 5-10 mins. Remove tea bags, add 3/4 cup sugar and simmer until sugar is dissolved. Let cool and store in the fridge. A splash of vodka will extend the shelf life.
This past Tuesday was Mardi Gras, and I saw lots of people posting about Sazeracs (rightfully so). It’s a wonderfully simple drink with a ton of flavor. Booze, sugar, bitters. Doesn’t get much more spartan than that. However, even in this constrained formula, there is room for variation. Take a look at the original, for example. Even then one could use cognac or rye whiskey. Some have taken things a step further and done a split base approach with both spirits. This week I’m going in the same direction, but with my own spin.
3/4 oz Ligth Rum [Boston Harbor Distilling Lawley’s Light]
3/4 oz Dark Rum [Plantation Original Dark]
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1/2 Grenadine [Powell & Mahoney]
1/4 oz Benedictine
1/4 oz Pernod [I used Absinthe]
Combine all ingredients, shake with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime heart.
Adapted from Playboy’s Host & Bar Book by Thomas Mario
I knew I wanted to do a drink for Valentine’s Day, but I wasn’t sure what angle to take. Last year I did the whole chocolate (read: creme de cacao) thing, so that was out. Then a friend lent me his copy of Playboy’s Host & Bar Book. As I flipped through the pages, I realized this was the perfect thing for a holiday tangentially related to love, with a healthy dose of sex thrown in. Continue reading
3/4 oz Gin <Wire Works>
3/4 oz St. Germain
3/4 oz Grand Marnier
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
1 barspoon Absinthe for rinsing
Rinse empty cocktail glass with absinthe. Combine rest of ingredients in a shaker and shake with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist
Recently I restocked my bar with a bottle of Grand Marnier. It’s been quite some time since it last sat amongst the other liqueurs, so I’ve been going back through my recipes to see how I utilized it in the past. The Chunnel spoke to me this week for a few reasons.
1 1/2 oz Dark Rum 3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro
3/4 oz Aquavit Barspoon Absinthe
Rinse a rocks glass with the absinthe, then discard. Combine remaining ingredients in the rocks glass, stir to combine. This is a room temperature cocktail that doesn’t require ice.
My first Mixology Monday is the reason for this early week post, and the theme is “Brace Yourself”. Playing host is the good doctor at Doc Elliot’s Mixology. As he put it, “the challenge is to create a cocktail that will buttress oneself for Winter’s outdoor adventures.” This proved to be especially prescient as the entire eastern seaboard was blanketed by winter storm Jonas this weekend (amazingly, here in Boston, we only ended up with a few inches), so these cocktails will no doubt come in handy. Continue reading