December 4th, 2007


Recipe corrections

Forgot to get to it last night...

The Scoff Law Cocktail
1 1/2 ounce rye
1 ounce dry vermouth
3/4 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce grenadine

Jack Rose Cocktail
1 1/2 ounce applejack
juice of 1/2 lime (or lemon - approximately 1 ounce)  Note: I got nowhere NEAR that much even with 7/8ths of a lime!
2 or more dashes real pomegrenate grenadine I used 1/4 of an ounce of Stirrings real grenadine - and the drink was barely colored

Two drinks for the day

Slashfood posted a "Red Hot Santa Tini" which sounds good to me...cayenne plus cocoa?  Yummy.  It has Mazama vodka - never heard of that, myself - and Godiva chocolate liqueur plus some other stuff.

MSN (the default site in my web browser at work) had a story about five cocktails ripe for a comeback.  The first was the Bronx, which I definitely agree with - you can look through here to see my article on the Income Tax Cocktail, which is the Bronx plus bitters.  Their recipe for the Rob Roy seems to be missing a word or two, and also insinuates that the only orange bitters you can get are from Angostura.  That's odd since I have orange bitters from Fee Brothers, Regan, and Stirrings, but not Angostura...

But hey - one of the writers is a UVA alum, so I have to plug it, I think!

A review, bar additions

I've reviewed The Complete Book of Spirits over on my personal blog, if you're so interested in such things.

I hit the liquor store today, basically for random reasons.  I picked up a bottle of Benedictine, despite the fact that it's about $6 more in Virginia than it would be in DC (but I won't have to hour Metro both ways to get it).  I also got a bottle of Pimm's No. 1, since I tried that over at the Elephant and Castle this weekend and really enjoyed it.

(Currently I'm drinking a Pimm's No. 1 and diet 7-Up.  It's good, but I don't think diet 7-Up does it justice.  Stupid diet!  I might make one more with more Pimm's and less 7-Up.)

I also got a bottle of Kopper Kettle Virginia bourbon, distilled in nearby Culpepper, VA, at Belmont Farms (the distillery you see signs for on route 29 in that region if you're so inclined - I keep meaning to stop by there).  I've had their Copper Fox before, and it wasn't bad, so I figured I'd give it a shot (and that's Yet Another Bourbon so that Mr. Macbeth can stop giving me a hard time about not having much bourbon!).

Finally, I forgot to list one bottle last time - in our freezer we have a bottle of Ketel One Citroen, untouched since the last time mom was in town and we made Cosmopolitans (which also made my brother sick somehow, he claims), but it had a good review on the book - so hey, next time I need citrus vodka, I guess...