Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cocktail | Mezzo-Americano

Photo Credit: Nick C. Bumstead ©

A take on the Mezzo-Americano cocktail. Even though Aperol and the Chinotto soda have some bitterness, this is a balanced cocktail with a slight tendency to sweetness, but that might be due to using orange juice and lemon juice instead of lime juice. The Chinotto soda is a bitter soda, but it has a bunch of sugar in there. Next time, I'll give Campari a go in place of Aperol for a little more bitterness.

Glass: Old Fashioned
Ice: Large Cubes
Garnish: Orange Slice

Ingredients
1.5 oz Aperol
0.5 oz Hayman's London Dry Gin
0.75 oz Orange + Lemon Juice
3 oz Lurisia Il Nostro Chinotto Soda

Directions
1) Shake first three ingredients over ice.
2) Strain into an old fashioned glass over large ice cubes.
3) Pour Chinotto soda to the top.
4) Garnish with orange slice.

Original recipe credit: Kindred Cocktails.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Show Me The Proof!

Some photos from the Louis Royer Cognac "Show Me The Proof" high proof Cognac cocktail competition at Porchlight Bar in west Chelsea. The six finalists had to use the Force 53 VSOP Cognac in their cocktails.






Saturday, December 6, 2014

Queens | Walking To Subway From Bunker


After a dinner at Bunker in Queens the other night, it was pouring with rain, but there was some great graffiti / murals on the walls on the way back to the subway.




Monday, November 17, 2014

A Sunday Evening Rum Cocktail

A Rum Cocktail

With the weather getting a little chillier I felt like a Sunday evening cocktail to warm up. This is probably a variation on something, but no idea what. It was a fine cocktail though.

Glass: Cocktail Coupe
Ice: Cubes for stirring
Garnish: Orange Twist

Ingredients
- 1 oz. Havana Club Anejo Especial Cuban Rum
- 1/2 oz. Smith & Cross Jamaican Rum
- 3/4 oz. Atxa Vino Vermouth Rojo
- 1/2 oz. Amaro Lucano
- 1/2 oz Dry Curacao
- 2 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters

Directions
1) Add ingredients to a cocktail stirring glass.
2) Add ice and stir until chilled.
3) Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.
4) Garnish with an orange twist.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cocktail Recipe | The Martinez

The Martinez

I was looking for a cocktail to try my recent purchase of the new and limited Tanqueray Old Tom Gin and thought the Martinez would be a good place to start on a chilly, windy evening. Instead of the traditional maraschino liqueur, I used Dry Curaçao because I am not a huge cherry fan.

Glass: cocktail
Ice: cubes for mixing
Garnish: orange twist

Ingredients
- 1.5 oz Tanqueray Old Tom Gin
- 1.5 oz Punt e Mes Sweet Vermouth
- Bar spoon of Dry Curaçao (instead of Maraschino Liqueur)
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Directions
1) Stir ingredients over ice in a mixing glass.
2) Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
3) Garnish with orange twist.

The Silver Fizz at Attaboy

The Silver Fizz at Attaboy

A recent visit to Attaboy for cocktails resulted in a fun range of cocktails, including this double barreled drink called the Silver Bullet.

It answers the question of what to do with the egg yolk after making a fizz. The drink on the right is a gin fizz, made with gin, egg white, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. The shot on the left is a shooter of egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, and Tabasco sauce. Shoot the egg yolk mixture all in one and then sip the gin fizz at your leisure. It works well in the evening, but would be perfect on a Sunday morning after a late Saturday night out, or even as a last drink at a bar to brace yourself for the next stop. Either way, it's bold and bright.