March 17th, 2008


Mixology Monday: The Earthquake

This was a hard one!

So I was debating for a while about what constituted a "strong" drink.  Is a Manhattan a strong drink?  it's definitely not a "one and out" kind of drink, but at the same time, what about a Sazerac?  Especially with one made with a 120+ proof rye like Red Hook?

Fortunately I own a copy of The Joy of Mixology, and while skimming through it over at the abode of tmfiii , we figured out what I should make.  I'm going to be honest here - this is not an "everyday" drink or even a "once in a while" drink - it was completely new to me, since a) when I'm drinking strong drinks, well, you've seen what I already mentioned and b) usually, I'm trying not to have that strong of a drink most of the time (more so than usual), not to mention c) I need to blog about Long Island Iced Teas anyways and Mr. Penguin forbade those explicitly.

The Earthquake - or, more accurately, the Tremblement de Terre.  I'll let Gary Regan phrase it better than I can:

A drink mentioned in Absinthe: A History in a Bottle, by Barnaby Conrad III, but without measurements.  This was apparently a cocktail favored by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, a French artist who died in 1901, at the age of thirty-six.  Consider yourself fore-warned.

It's a pretty straight forward drink:

Tremblement de Terre (Earthquake)
2 1/2 ounces cognac
1/2 ounce absinthe substitute
1 lemon twist, for garnish

STIR AND STRAIN into a chilled cocktail glass.  Add the garnish.

Personally, I used armagnac and Lucid for the ingredients.  Also, I'm getting better at doing twists.

Oh wow that was a strong drink.  Kubler might've done it better - i.e., less absinthe taste - but it was still a good, if "pow!" kind of drink.

I'd definitely only have one of those.

(And since I'm working my way through the Lucid, to help justify buying the Kubler, that'd help, at least 1/4 ounce at a time -- too bad it was over at Marshall's when I drank it!)
Dexter & Stagg
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Mixology Monday - "Limit One!"

Wow, okay, so this was one tought MxMo.  Many of the drinks that I consume (only in the vien of research and to enlighten the masses mind you) are of the variety with 2.5-3.0 ounces of spirits, less if there is mixer, but nothing that I would personally consider a "Limit One" drink.  I'm sure that this is why Rick over at Kaiser Penguin picked this as the theme.  Rick, you suck!  Nah, just kidding, this was actually a great theme and challenged me to find a cocktail (or two . . . come on, you folks should know me by now!) where one is enough.

For the last few days I've had wonderful houseguests.  One of my closest friends from undergraduate school and his beautiful wife have been using my humble abode as a jumping off point for various family matters.  It has been a pleasure to have them here and a real treat to be able to hang out with my Noompsie again (long story . . . .)  Anyway, I was talking to my buddy Matt (the aforementioned Noompsie) and his wife about cocktails they have tried where they felt (or the bartender had told them) that one was enough.  Matt's response was something along the lines of, "Spiccoli's sister is a fine piece of ass!" and then preceded to go into a discussion regarding canines, five dollars and Count Chocula.  Ummmmm . . . . okay . . . . not quite what I was expecting, but hilarious none-the-less and in a strange way underscored why I love the guy.

Anyway . . . I decided that tiki drinks was really the way to go.  Traditionally, with their focus on stong rum flavors and fresh fruit juices, many tiki drinks can really pack a punch with only one glass.  With this in mind I turned to two of my Christmas presents from runoknows  The first was a book on drinks, food and tiki culture espoused by Don the Beachcomber entitled, "Hawai'i Tropical Rum Drinks & Cuisine."  The recipe was for Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch.  This cocktail definitely packs a punch:

Colonel Beach's Plantation Punch
2 oz Jamaica Planters Punch Rum*
1 oz Puerto Rican Dark rum*
.50 oz Barbados rum*
1 oz Curacao (I used Clement Creole Shrub)
2 oz ginger beer (I used Regatta Ginger Beer)
.75 oz fresh lime juice
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Pernod
2 dashes Falernum

*For these rums, I had to make substitutions.  I used 2 oz Appleton 12 yr old, 1 oz Scarlet Ibis Rum, .50 Gosling's Black Seal)  Trust me, it turned out damn tasty!!!

Shake everything with ice and pour everything into a chimney glass or tiki glass with three or four ice cubes.  Garnish with mint, pineapple, cherries or whatever else suits your fancy.

This drink was delicious!  It had me sounding like "Droopy" by the time I finished it and had to run out for dinner before continuing.  

The second drink I wanted to write about was Trader Vic's Tiki Bowl.  This also came from Sean by the way of "Trader Vic's Tiki Party."  

Trader Vic's Tiki Bowl
1 oz dark rum
1 oz silver rum
1 oz brandy
2 oz orange juice
.50 oz lemon juice
.50 oz Orgeat
1 cup crushed ice

Blend everything quickly just to incorporate and pour into a double old fashioned glass.

Both of these drinks were strong and tasted great.  Not too sweet and as the ice melted brought out various flavors of the different rums and juices.  One note regarding the Pernod in the Tiki Bowl - you won't even notice it.  Of course, if you left it out, the drink would be something completely different.  Don't believe me, make up a few for yourselves and give it a whirl.

Well, this is it for me . . . Have fun with this month's MxMo and again I want to thank Rick of Kaiser Penguin for hosting.