Make my day

It’s been a wonderfully lazy Saturday, and I appreciate the irony of drinking a cocktail named after one of American cinema’s ultimate badasses. Lamentably, this one didn’t live up to its name. The Demerara syrup overpowered the chartreuse and bitters, which is a shame because the drink needed the complexity. Still a Rittenhouse base makes this drinkable, if not the swaggering strongman I hoped for.  Cocktail created by Mike Ryan at The Violet Hour, published in Robert Simonson’s The Old Fashioned, via cocktail virgin slut.

Clint Eastwood, Mike Ryan, The Violet Hour



Daiquiri dreams

It’s cold and wet where I am, and my mind helplesslessly pines for the Caribbean blue waters and island breezes of the cruise I left just over a week ago. Visiting tropical climes in the winter is really an exercise in masochism: no matter how much you enjoy the moment, home always seems a little less desirable while your personal climate readjusts. Of course, this mentality also betrays my personal cynicism right now, borne of all the joyous anxiety from returning to work after a two week plus vacation (and my innate anxious, neurotic Self).

In any case, today’s cocktail is a lovely, albeit temporary, medication for my condition. Captain’s Blood is a classic cocktail from Crosby Gaige’s Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion (1945), and it’s a perfect example of what a great base the daiquiri is for even minor riffs. Today I used Appleton V/X, but any good aged run will do well here.  

Captain’s Blood, Crosby Gaige, Cocktail Guide and Ladies’ Companion

Manhattan Monday

Home again, home again!

I’ve been out traveling and then sick, so it’s good to be back home and in front of my own bar again. For today’s Manhattan Monday, I chose a pretty basic variation from Kindred Cocktails that turned out to be quite lovely.  As long as you give it plenty of stir time (dilution), the Bénédictine doesn’t overpower the drink. The extra dash of orange bitters lends a lovely citrus flavor that really elevates the cocktail. Highly recommended.

Manhattan (Bénédictine) variation, Kindred Cocktails