Trip to Paris

This weekend I bought the app for Gaz Regan’s 101 Best New Cocktails, 2011-2015, and this is my first selection.  It’s a nice enough drink, with a good balance of sweet and sour plus an interesting spice undertone. Likely not something I’d drink frequently as it’s not a real show-stopper, but a nice enough cocktail for a Tuesday night.

A word about the app: it’s $10, but it does give you the option to enter in all your booze and will tell you what you can make. If you have a large variety of spirits like I do, it’s really helpful to have tailor-made selections.  I also enjoy that the app is full of new drinks that I wouldn’t have in any of my other apps (Bartenders’ Choice is my favorite for a great list of classic drinks).

Parisian Barmaid, Erick Castro, The Rickhouse, San Francisco (2011)

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No limits

 Today’s recipe (from Brooklyn Bartender again) almost looks like two different cocktails to me, one heading in a Tiki direction with the rum, lemon and grenadine, while the other tends more in the classic cocktail direction with the rye and cognac.  I admit, this dichotomy appeals to me — who doesn’t feel a little split sometimes (don’t even get me started on the election…)?  While I have a fondness for the Tiki culture, generally speaking they are just too sweet for me.  But I like some kind of sweetness to balance the strong of a good spirit.  This drink had a good level of sweetness, but too much sour for my taste. I did like the different spirit flavors, though; you could really taste the different flavors of the rum, cognac, and rye.  I might try this again with a bit less lemon.  

PS: My prep area is clearly getting a little crowded; it’s time to step up production!

Twelve Mile Limit, Brian Smith from Colonie