October 10th, 2007

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Welcome to the Scofflaw's Den!

Welcome to the Scofflaw's Den!  Currently your maintainers are myself, runoknows, aka SeanMike, and tmfiii, aka Marshall.

The goal with this community will be to write up our experiences and experiments with drinks, especially with our current obsession with classic cocktails, and also with cigars.

I haven't had a cigar since Sunday when I had a La Gloria Cubana Serie R #5.  tmfiii and I were drinking Manhattans at the time - mine made with Elmer T. Lee bourbon, his with six year old Sazerac rye, plus some Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth and bourbon & grand marnier soaked cherries with a splash of orange bitters (in his) and Angastora bitters (in mine).

We killed our keg of Sam Adams Oktoberfest in the kegerator on Sunday, so we replaced it with the same last night.  Previously we've run Smithwicks (three times), Guinness, Sam Adams Boston Ale, and Shiner Bock in the keg.  The Shiner was a disappointment; the Smithwicks and Guinness were good, but the nitrogen is just too expensive.  We're looking to try something new after the Sam Adams though.

I polished off my pint bottle of Bombay Sapphire and the remnants of my bottle of Plymouth gin on Monday night.  I wasn't overly impressed with the Plymouth - I doubt I'll buy that again.  I still have an untouched bottle of Tanqueray 10 right now, and about 2/3rds of a bottle of Tanqueray Rangpur.

Well, enough of this.  I bought a bottle of St. Germain elderflower liquor last night - might have to give that a shot tonight.
Dexter & Stagg
  • tmfiii

Welcome!

I also want to extend a welcome to The Scofflaw's Den.  I hope that you find our little spot entertaining, informative and maybe a little reckless . . .

This is my first foray into the blogosphere.  But when Sean asked if I would be interested in blogging about classic cocktails and cigars and any other of our many vices, I couldn't resist.  I think it is important to make a quick note about what we mean when we refer to "classic" cocktails.  These are drinks that usually pre-date prohibition or any drink made in the same vein.  What these drinks are *NOT* are overly sweet, non-natural colored mixed drinks that you find at Applebees, Ruby Tuesdays, etc.  (Nothing wrong with those establishments, I'm just trying to set a benchmark here.)  We try to use the freshest mixers and the best spirit we can for each cocktail.  You won't find pre-made sour mix here (at least by me!) 

We also plan to talk about cigars.  I love cigars and have been smoking since I was an undergrad.  I now have a sizable collection and can talk about the leaf for hours.  I probably don't smoke cigars as often as Sean does, but I credit myself with rekindling his love of the leaf.  :-)  Oh, I guess this is where I should also mention that you might find Sean and I sparring back and forth from time to time.  We don't really hate each other or hope the other burns in a pit of hell-fire or hope their testicles fall off, but we may say so every now and again.  (These are just samples, I'm sure we'll think of much worse things . . . )  But we are great friends and I truly count Sean as a brother to me.

Alright enough love fest crap.

Over at Sean's on Sunday I smoked . . . well, let me rephrase.  I tried to smoke a La Aurora Cien Anos Robusto.  Damn thing wouldn't stay lit for the life of me and just made the experience a pain.  What I could taste was as good as I come to expect from La Aurora.  But the lesson is that this weekend I have to spend a little time and rotate my cigars just to make sure they are getting enough humidity. 

Back to cocktails.  I'm currently working on a fall cocktail that will be a "signature" drink at my place.  I almost have it down and when I do, I'll post the recipe.  

Hope ya'll enjoy The Scofflaw's Den!  Cheers!