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Cocktails!

Well, that dinner at Wood Work back in June did it!

A few different kinds of bitters are in the cupboard, a couple different vermouths are in the fridge, some new glassware, cocktail shaker, mixing glass, barspoons, jiggers…. and the momentum hasn’t really slowed down!  Waiting for a couple large ice cube trays, mole bitters…

In my bookshelf, I’ve added some books:

pdt-cocktail-book The PDT Cocktail Book (Hardcover)

12-bottle-bar The 12 Bottle Bar (Paperback)

DEATH-AND-CODeath & Co.

I bought hard copies of PDT & 12 Bottle Bar, but wish I had them electronically as well – to search and look up recipes from my iPad or phone.  I bought the Kindle version of Death & Co., but I think it’s still nice to be able to pick up a book and enjoy the original presentation of the books authors.  Wish buying books was like buying new vinyl albums – where they typically include digital downloads.

The 12 Bottle Bar is a great book to start with, if you’re just buying one book.  The recipes are grouped by the main spirit used in the recipes, and contains most of the classic cocktail recipes.

The PDT Cocktail Book and the Death & Co. books are great reading, providing more back story about a couple of important cocktail bars in New York City.  It’s interesting to read about how some cocktail recipes come about, and they provide information and recipes on making syrups and other ingredients used in some of the drinks.

Now we’re also looking at bar cabinets  – something that will store the tools, glassware, and bottles – that opens up as a prep and serving station.

Another  case of both feet 🙂

Something with Gin and Raspberries

Made Tracey a Raspberry Gin Collins, and I wanted something just a little different – and this is what I came up with…

Something with Gin and Raspberries
 
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Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 1
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Ingredients
  • 7 raspberries
  • 4 mint leaves2 oz. gin
  • ½ oz. dry vermouth
  • ½ oz. campari
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • ½ oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Fee Bros. Gin Barrel Aged Orange bitters
Instructions
  1. Add raspberries and mint to shaker, and gently muddle
  2. Fill shaker ½ full of ice
  3. Add gin, vermouth, campari, lemon juice, simple syrup and bitters
  4. Shake really well for 30 seconds or so
  5. Strain into chilled cocktail glass - on a hot day, fill the coupe ⅓ full with crushed ice first.
  6. Garnish with a nice mint leaf and a raspberry
Notes
And it was good! 🙂

 

Boulevardier

Boulevardier
 
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 1
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Ingredients
  • 1 oz. rye whiskey (or bourbon)
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth
  • Ice
  • Flamed orange twist for garnish
Instructions
  1. Place a cocktail or Old Fashioned glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. Combine whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth in mixing glass filled halfway with ice.
  3. Stir for about 30 seconds to get drink really well chilled.
  4. If serving in an Old Fashioned glass, add ice cubes to it. Strain the drink into the chilled cocktail or Old Fashioned glass. Flame the orange twist over the drink, drop orange peel in afterwards, and serve.

 

Whiskey Sour

This is one of my favourites – I like to mix it up a little with the bitters from time to time

Whiskey Sour
 
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 1
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Ingredients
  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • ¾ oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • 2-3 dashes bitters - usually use Fee Bros. Whiskey Barrel Aged bitters, but like using orange bitters from time to time instead.
  • Maraschino cherry for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients except garnish to shaker that is ½ filled with ice.
  2. Shake for 20-30 seconds
  3. Strain into chilled coupe glass and add garnish.

 

 

Ward 8

There doesn’t seem to be an abundance of cocktails that use fresh squeezed orange juice in them – which seem surprising since many use orange peels as a garnish.

The Ward 8 is an old drink recipe, created in Boston around 1898.

  • 2 oz. rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp. grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry (optional)

Shake the rye whiskey, lemon juice, orange juice, and grenadine with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

I like it poured over a few large chunks of ice.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry, if desired.  Originally, the drink was also decorated with the state flag of Massachusetts 🙂