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EvergreenDan

Drinks! 2015 - 2016

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Anyone doing barrel aged Manhattans or other drinks?

Just got a 5L barrel to play around with

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It's an entirely different rye, I believe the 2 is the first to be distilled by them.

 

That's right. The 2 works great for cocktails but for sipping, the 4 is the way to go.

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That sounds great. What ingredients did you use?

Punt e Mes, Pasquet, Millstone 100, Benedictine. Ango plus a 'small dash' each of Bitter Truth Creole and Peychaud's, as I was using Death and Co. specs.

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Tragically I seem to have run out of Cointreau.  So it's FP Dry Curacao in my white mai tai for tonight.  Not terrible but the substitution doesn't really work.  Quite sad.

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Tragically I seem to have run out of Cointreau.  So it's FP Dry Curacao in my white mai tai for tonight.  Not terrible but the substitution doesn't really work.  Quite sad.

Time to upgrade to Clement Creole shrubb...

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I confess I have never tried it.  I thought Creole Shrubb would be more similar to FP than to Cointreau.  But my Clement purveyor could probably get it if I asked nicely.

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For my birthday, made myself an Infidel (another of Rafa's creations) a yummy equal parts drink.

Gin (Beefeater), dry vermouth (Noilly Prat), mint syrup (I just threw a mint sprig + simple into the shaker), lime.

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Last night's Negroni with Beefeater gin, Campari, Margerum amaro. After the Negroni I had the Margerum on its own. It's like a good sweet vermouth with a nutty finish.

 

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This is something I'm working on. I need to make the orange syrup more orangey and possibly bump the mescal up a touch.

 

Salt & Pepper Margarita

1 black pepper infused tequila

.5  mescal

.75 lime

.75 orange & jalapeno syrup

 

 

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Excuse the terrible photo, I haven't found my camera charger since I moved house.

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Playing with my new yellow chartreuse tonight. Where else start with this bottle but a Widow's Kiss.This was a lovely, mild, autumnal herbal cocktail. Nothing earthshaking, but very pleasant. Then I tried an Auteur Cocktail from Bittermans website. This is a blockbusters. I can taste all the ingredients, and none of them. Very smooth, utterly complex, I could drink these all the time.

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My favorite Yellow Chartreuse (surely a contraction in terms, no?) is the Beekeeper's Apprentice, which stars a huge amount of the ultra bitter Amaro Sibilia. Fantastic.

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Had a Diamondback using the original yellow chartreuse recipe (HW Double Rye, Lairds 100 proof brandy) at a bar where we were reviewing cocktails for an upcoming private whiskey dinner and really enjoyed it even though it is a bit sweet. Nice after dinner option with a bit less proof than with the green. The green variant is good as well but certainly different. I agree with reducing the yellow chartreuse a bit to keep the sweetness down.

 

Interesting bit of history on the cocktail here.

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A few Matthew Webb Gimlets:

2 oz Tanqueray

3/4 oz Lime Juice

1/2 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin

1/2 oz Yellow Chartreuse (I used MOFS)

1/4 oz Simple Syrup

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled coupe, and top with 4 drops Angostura.

Thus fortified, one might (theoretically) swim the English Channel.

I tried this over the weekend with my new bottle of yellow chartreuse.  Tasty and pretty:

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But it was really hot outside so I poured it into a tall glass over ice and topped it with some sparkling water.  Tasty, pretty and refreshing:

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There are more yellow Chartreuse ideas in the Chartreuse thread amongst others. I like the Daisy de Santiago and the Chien Chaud that pair it with rum, the Alaska that pairs it wth gin, Death & Co's Coin Toss, the Greenpoint which is a killer Manhattan variation, The Naked and Famous with mezcal, the Norwegian Wood with aquavit and applejack, etc, etc...


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I tried a bit of the new 70-proof Cynar yesterday. It tastes, well, like Cynar, with more forward alcohol and a bit less perceptible sweetness (while the proof went up, the rest of the recipe, including the amount of sugar, is untouched, the Campari rep told me). It will make a good base for drinks, but I suspect most of it will end up going into shots. 

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Fancy Free. Death specs.

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An unnamed experiment: a julep based on equal parts and rapadura syrup. I think the sweetener clashed with the spirits. Rethinking the garnish, too.

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A rare original. WIP. Darkness at Pegu. Lighter, sweeter, needs a gutsier gin.

1.5oz gin (Four Pillars), .75oz blood orange liqueur, .75oz ruby grapefruit juice, 2 dashes of Angostura. Shake. Campari-rinsed coupe.

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Tried out a Louanalao and it was delicious! Muddled strawberry, Plantation 3-star rum, Campari, homemade allspice dram, lime juice, cane syrup, garnished with orange and strawberry. My strawberry garnish was too sad to photograph, but this was a yummy crowd-pleaser. Grapefruit flavors from the Campari and citrus, nice cinnamon/clove spice from the dram.

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I picked up a bottle of the St. George Raspberry Brandy. It's really funky in the nose, a little briny tasting, the raspberry flavor and aroma is there but marries nicely with the other flavors going on, it should lead to some interesting experiments. Because of that funk I thought it might pair nicely with Wray and Nephew and tried this Sidecar riff out.

 

1.5 oz St. George Raspberry Brandy

.5 oz W&N

.75 oz lemon

.75 oz PF Dry Curacao

teaspoon of raspberry jam

2 drops of salt

 

Shake/strain/coupe

 

I liked this, the touch of jam helped bring out the raspberry flavor that might have been lost otherwise. When the drink was ice cold it seemed almost a touch too dry, but as it warmed up the subtle sweetness crept in to balance it all out. Anywhere between a teaspoon and a 1/4 oz of 1:1 simple wouldn't be a bad addition, depending on your tastes.


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1 oz Ango

1 oz rye

1 oz simple

1 dash absinthe

Orange twist

Awesome. I think this would work well as a flip with a nutmeg garnish—even with an equal part of simple, the ango is pretty astringent, though the twist and absinthe help a lot with that.

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Another one of our man Rafa's last night - the Werewolf of London:

 

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Aquavit, Gran Classico, mezcal and Amontillado sherry with a lemon twist.  About as far as you can get from a pina colada at Trader Vic's, but unusual and delicious.

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GWAR Williams

 

1 oz Poire Williams

1/2 oz Ardbeg

1/2 oz Sorel liqueur

1/2 oz Lemon juice

1/2 oz Rosemary syrup

1 1/2 oz Pear cider

1 pinch Nutmeg (as garnish)

 

Sometimes you come up with a name before the rest of the drink. Sometimes the drink even works. 

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