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)
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
Tonight’s drink was a really nice burst of sunshine in an another gray day here in the Northwest. Anything with a cognac base always hits me a little sweet, but this was very drinkable.
Little Miss Annabelle, Death & Co.
Tonight I splurged on an old favorite, the Corpse Reviver #1. Can’t go wrong with cognac, applejack and a good sweet vermouth. Practice for reviving my corpse on New Year’s morning!
Corpse Reviver #1, The Svoy Cocktail Book, Harry Craddock
I love the site Kindred Cocktails and look forward to many entertaining experiments with new friends there. This one is a bit too heavy/sweet for my personal taste, but not a bad way to start.
Sabotta Dusk, Stew Ellington via Kindred Cocktails
When you need your corpse revived, this lesser known Reviver is a delicious, rich option. Mr. Craddock sure knew how to beat back the reaper.
Corpse Reviver #1, Savoy Cocktail Book
Today’s drink is from Jerry Thomas’s 1862 book, How to Mix Drinks, by way of the Bartender’s Coice app. This tastes just like a slightly souped up sangria (by the way, if you’re not putting cognac in your sangria, you’re missing out). I wish I had a pitcher of this to enjoy outside with our brand new patio set. Summer and sangria truly are the best of friends.
St. Charles Punch, Jerry Thomas, How to Mix Drinks