Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Cocktails Using Pear Cider Syrup

Fall Cocktails

After picking up some pear cider at the Migliorelli farm stand in the Hudson Valley, I made a pear cider syrup to use in cocktails. The syrup is easy to make, just put the cider in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and simmer until it is reduced to about a quarter of the original volume. The result may not be super syrupy, but the sweetness and richness is amped up.

Cocktail # 1

Glass: Old Fashioned or Collins
Ice: Two Large Ice Cubes
Garnish: Thin Slice of Pear

Ingredients
- 1 oz Tanqueray Old Tom Gin
- 1 oz Pear Cider Syrup
- 0.25 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
- Soda Water

Directions
1) Over ice, add first three ingredients to an old fashioned or collins glass and stir to mix.
2) Top with soda water and stir.
3) Garnish with a thin slice of pear (I didn't have one).

Cocktail #2

Glass: Cocktail
Garnish: Thin Slice of Pear

Ingredients
- 1.5 oz Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Bourbon
- 1.5 oz Pear Cider Syrup
- 0.5 oz Dolin Dry Vermouth
- 0.25 oz Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions
1) In a mixing glass, add the ingredients, add ice, and stir.
2) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
3) Garnish with a thin slice of pear (I didn't have one).

Eating & Drinking | London

Beigel's at Beigel Bake on Brick Lane

Oysters outside Printers & Stationers on Ezra Street

Lamb Sweetbreads at 8 Hoxton Square

Shrimp at Barrafina

Hot Salt Beef at Beigel Bake

Beef Tendon & Tripe Pho at Sông Quê Café in Hoxton

MacIntrye Coffee on Hoxton Street

Creative cocktails at Lounge Bohemia

Squid and tomato broth at Lyle's in Shoreditch

Domaine Labet Fleur de Savagnin En Chalasse at Lyle's

Fuckoffee on Bermondsey Street

The martini at White Lyan on Hoxton Street

Sardine cans at Tincan on Upper James Street

Smoked Bath Chaps (pork cheeks) at Verden in Clapton

Violet Cakes in London Fields

F. Cooke Pie and Mash Shop in London Fields

Wine at Verden in Clapton

Monday, October 20, 2014

West Sussex

Chichester Cathedral

Saint Richard

The original weather cock






Lunch and Sussex beer at Amelie & Friends in Chichester

Hunting for some venison at H. H. Treagust & Sons Butcher in Emsworth

Admiral Nelson in the old port of Portsmouth


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Lego | London

The Art of the Brick






Don't touch the art!


Museums & Art | London

Tracy Emin bird at White Cube in Bermondsey

Somerset House


The Courtauld Gallery


The Courtauld Gallery


Jasper John's: Regrets at The Courtauld Gallery


Édouard Manet | A Bar at the Folies-Bergère


More at the Courtauld Gallery


A silver stirrup-cup at the Courtauld Gallery


More at the Courtauld Gallery

Horst at the V&A

Feet at the V&A

Cafe at the V&A

Reflections at the V&A

Paul Smith's Shed at the V&A

Paul Smith's Shed at the V&A

Mural leaving the V&A

The tunnel leaving the V&A

The tunnel leaving the V&A