It’s finally here – tomorrow is election day here in the USA and I’ve got a cocktail round up for you all of you ladies and gents. Not sure you’ll make it through the night watching the election returns? Here’s a few cocktails, gathered from around the web – to help you out. Show your support, drown your tears, or just get drunk on democracy in action with the following cocktails.
What’re you planning to drink tomorrow night?
Happy Halloween everyone! Today, we’re featuring a playful cocktail that uses Crystal Head Vodka (yes the one in the bitchin’ skull bottle). You’ll need to prep a few ingredients before hand – blackberry shrub (I bet raspberries or blueberries would also be amazing) and molasses simple syrup. Both are pretty easy, but it is a few more steps than a normal cocktail!
*Molasses simple syrup: Mix 2 cups of granulated white sugar with 1 cup of very hot waterand 2 tbsp of molasses. Stir and let cool (makes about 3 cups)
(Note: Photo and recipe originally provided to me by Crystal Head Vodka).
A few weeks back, I visited The Dorian here in San Francisco for the first time with a friend of mine and we loved it! In addition to a delicious food menu (oysters! truffle fries!) — their bar menu was extremely substantial. In addition, they offer one of the most extensive whiskey list I’ve ever seen (seriously look at this thing).
Before dinner, I had one of their thoughtfully crafted signature cocktails, called The Alibi, which included bourbon, lemon juice, salted pistachio, orange marmalade and angostura bitters. It was very tasty.
When I got home, I attempted to recreate the recipe. It was pretty straight-forward to figure out and the recipe below should match the in-bar experience I had at The Dorian. One catch, the homemade salted pistachio orgeat – it was not something I had in my home bar (or had ever tried before to be honest!).
A quick google search later, I located easy to follow directions for it over at the Alcohol Professor (a fine blog!), which adds a step, but is definitely worth it. For a slightly different taste, I assume you could also use traditional Orgeat (made with almonds) which I usually tend to have in my fridge. Try it out at home – or if you’re in San Francisco, check it out at The Dorian!
(loosely adapted from The Dorian, SF)
So, there it is – hope you enjoy it!
January 17 is National Bootlegger’s Day! The day is also the birthday of Templeton Rye Whiskey and infamous bootlegger Al Capone.
After the 18th amendment passed, the starting date for nationwide prohibition was January 17, 1920. During these “dark days,” members of a small town named Templeton, Iowa created a well-known whiskey they named Templeton Rye. The illegal brew apparently was Al Capone’s whiskey of choice and many a bottle was bootlegged around the midwest. Read more about these storied days at bootleggerssociety.com or even more in the book “Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots.”
Here in the future, I’ve found Templeton Rye, which is based on the same prohibition-era recipe for Templeton Whiskey, is a solid stand-by for my whiskey-based cocktails.
To celebrate National Bootlegger’s Day, we whipped up few Templeton Mules, a delicious twist on the Moscow Mule featuring Templeton Rye.
* For a strawberry twist, try our Strawberry Mint Simple Syrup recipe
Every year when I was a kid in Detroit, my great-grandmother would create a giant batch of Tom & Jerry punch for the adults on Christmas and serve it in the most adorable punch set ever invented. When she passed away, my dad inherited the punch set and the Tom & Jerry recipe, which involves making a batter in advance. Since I’m rubbish at making cocktails in advance, I like this modified (simplified) version.
(makes 10 servings)
Note: I prefer eggnog over milk for it’s extra-tasty creaminess.
Happy (Inter)national Martini Day everyone!
While I’m not sure where National Martini Day originated, I’m very sure that any holiday that celebrates the classic martini is ok by me. Those of you who’d like to imbibe with me can join in on June 19!
Bluecoat is a fine American style, dry Gin that uses all organic botanicals. It pairs nicely with Carpano’s Dry Vermouth for a classic Martini (our recipe here) or, mix it up a bit for a Joy Division.
Joy Division Cocktail
Recipe c/o the Death & Co cocktail book, credited to Phil Ward, 2008
Looking for another modified martini, check these out.
The classic Martini, made infamous by James Bond’s Vesper style (shaken, not stirred), is celebrated each year on June 19. This is the “old standby” recipe, but we also recommend mixing it up a bit and experimenting with other versions.
Or shake it a up a little with these martini variations we rounded up last year.
In March, we attended a VERY fun Four Roses charity cocktail challenge, where San Francisco bartenders competed to win the title of best of the best. The event raised $300 for the San Francisco Food Bank.
Master bartender Eric Rickey from %ABV was recently named the San Francisco finalist in the Four Roses Charity Cocktail Challenge, with his Dead Italian Cocktail. Eric will compete with bartenders from 7 other cities for a chance to spend a day with Four Roses’ Master Distiller Jim Rutledge. You can vote on the winner by visiting the Four Roses Facebook page, watching each mixologist’s video and selecting your favorite.
Dead Italian Cocktail
I’ve been mildly obsessed with the mythos of Bénédictine liquor the last few weeks. First of all, anything that can trace its roots back 500 years is automatically interesting. Also, whenever you bill your liquor as a “secret Elixir” you’ve got my attention.
I stumbled upon a modified Manhattan recipe via One Martini that couples the herbal liquor with my favorite vermouth – Carpano Antica. It’s delicious.
Your origin story is important. There is single whiskey cocktail that inspired the creation of this blog. I’ll admit, the night was magical – it was on our honeymoon, on our last night in Hawaii (I know, so spoiled) and we were having cocktails at Honolulu’s amazing Pint+Jigger Gastropub and stumbled upon the Whiskey a ChoCho. In fact, this tasty rye cocktail inspired my first cocktail experiments involved testing out various ingredients to mimic this cocktail.
Here’s the closest we got to figuring it out: