Friday, March 7, 2014

Drinking in Paris

Pastis de Savoie @ Chez Janou

The Valentina Cocktail @ Le Mary Celeste
(rhum Plantation 3*, liqueur de violette, xérès fino, citron vert)

Lenoir 2007 Chinon Les Roches @ Le Mary Celeste

Cocktails @ Little Red Door

Cocktails @ Little Red Door

Ti Punch Cocktail @ Bar Le Coq

Clos des Vignes du Maynes 2012 Cuvée 910 Mâcon-Cruzille @ Septime
Chardonnay, Gamay and Pinot Noir by Julien Guillot

Alice et Olivier De Moor 2011 Saint-Bris + Jean-Yves Péron Champ Levat 2011 Mondeuse @ Le Baratin

Dominoes + St. James Rhum Ambre Vieux Agricole @ Hotel Gabriel

Saint-Joseph 2011 @ Bistrot Paul Bert

Le Casot des Mailloles Soulà 2010 Languedoc-Roussillon (Grenache)@ Le Verre Volé

Philippe Bonard 2008 Les Chassagnes Savagnin Côtes du Jura @ Au Passage

Nowness | The Eight Chapters Of Ramen

Achieve the Perfect Slurp with Ivan Orkin, the American Chef Who Took a Chance in Japan

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Suze Cocktails

White Negroni

Suze has been imported into the US since the summer of 2012, but we still felt the need to pick up a bottle on a recent trip to Paris -- plus in the Charles de Gaulle airport duty free, it was dirt cheap at about 9€.

This gentian-based liqueur is yellow in color, has a bright and bitter flavor, and at only 15% ABV is perfect as an aperitif. Traditionally, it has been enjoyed over ice or with tonic.

Suze & Tonic

Last night, we enjoyed it in a white negroni and over tonic. In both drinks, the bitter gentian flavor comes through and marries well with the other ingredients. Because the white negroni has Dolin blanc there is also a roundness to the drink. Next time, I might try dry vermouth instead for a drier style cocktail.

For the white negroni, stir 1.5oz gin, 0.75oz Dolin Blanc, 0.75oz Suze over ice, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist. Recipe courtesy of Post Prohibition and Dutch Kills.

For the Suze and tonic, use Fever Tree Light Tonic.