I have, what I call, a resilient tongue. I can drink a lot, I admit, and by the end, I don't taste a lot of what I'm drinking, but I still do taste it. Conversely, when drinking a lot of stuff, I can still analyze what I'm drinking fairly accurately - for me.
The other problem is that I'm not that accurate of a taste tester. I can taste, well, what I think I taste...but a lot of the subtleties are lost on me. When a drink is great
versus just good
I can notice it (see: cocktail a la louisiane
) but at other times, well - crap.
about that? Well, I can drink a good bit - but I like to try lots of things. So we'll see what you think about what I think about what I had.Apple Sidecar
1 1/2 oz. vodka
1/2 oz. Clear Creek Apple Brandy
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. tangerine juice
Shake and strain into a sugar-rimmed cocktail glass. Garnish with shredded tangerine zest.
The zest kind of fell apart there. But yeah, it was delicious. Awesome, in fact. Sweet, a bit tart, with some bite to it. A pretty good apertif to my pizza.
Then I had a Digiorno frozen pizza with some beer.
Yay, beer. (Sam Adams Boston Ale)
So let's experiment. Earlier today, the Washington Post had an article about bartenders
, and one of the questions they asked them was "What would you suggest for someone who didn't know what they wanted?" One bartender suggested Zubrowka buffalo grass vodka (a Polish vodka I first bought back in 2000 for dan_oz
's wedding) and apple juice - he says it comes out coconut-ty.
I made a promise to tmfiii
that I'm only buying flavored vodka; I keep my unflavored to Charodei.
A nice light drink - I made it off a recipe I thought of, since they didn't post one.Zubrowka and apple juice (yes, a great freakin' name, screw you)
2 oz. Zubrowka bison grass vodka
4 oz. apple juice
Stir and strain.
Well, that was nice, a good change of pace from beer and pizza, sort of a dessert. It's time to change to something I've wanted to try since I saw it in The Joy of Mixology
, You've got black and tans, you've got shandys, this is a Pernod & Cider.Pernod & Cider
2 oz. Pernod
12 oz. cider
Not so great.
It tasted like, uh, bubbly Pernod. It got better as it went on, but I was eating vegetarian buffalo wings with Peppadew mustard sauce with them while drinking it. It made it better.
But what next?
I debated for a while, and then decided:Sidecar
1 1/2 ounce cognac
1 ounce triple sec
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1 lemon twist
Hey, I can compare it to the Apple Sidecar, and my plan had been to make one with the Remy Martin cognac I bought tonight, and one with the Hennessey cognac mini I'd bought earlier this month.
Unfortunately, I forgot the lemon twist. It was a bit more balanced, maybe, than the apple sidecar, and had a nice warmth to it. I liked it a lot.
BUT WHO STOPS THERE?!
WHAT DOES THIS MAKE? YOU CANNOT GUESS!Brighton Punch
1 1/4 ounce orange juice
1 ounce lemon juice
3/4 ounce bourbon
3/4 ounce Benedictine
3/4 ounce cognac
fill with ice, top with club soda, garnish with wedges of lemon and orange
I added a straw/spoon.
It's pretty interesting as a drink. As a punch, it's a sipping drink and it can last a while. It's good and fruity for sipping.
Well, that done me well, but I still had one cocktail glass in the freezer, so it was time for one more before switching back to beer.
Ignore the stuff in the background; this is 2 ounces brandy, 1/2 ounce Chambord (creme de cassis can also work), 1 ounce Lillet blonde, 2 dashes orange bitters, 1 lemon twist.
Since I got the recipe from Gary Regan's book, I used his bitters (Regan's Orange Bitters #6).
Eh. It tasted like a "grown up" drink to me, I'd almost say cough syrup-ish, but not as harsh or tart, something that keeps your eyes open.
Back to beer.
I love me some beer!
Well, time for me to go to bed - gotta hit Schneider's
tomorrow with tmfiii
for shopping. See y'all later.