While the Mint Julep is a damn fine cocktail (and one of our favorites), there are a lot of other options out there to tickle your Bourbon bone for Derby Day.
August 27, 2013 (Day 110) – Young Man The creepily-named young man is a slightly modified version of the original drink that first garnered the name “Cocktail.” It’s a spirit and bitters. More or less. 3 oz brandy 1 oz French (dry) vermouth 1 dash angostura bitters 2 dashes orange curaçao Combine all the ingredients […]
August 14, 2013 (Day 97) – Saratoga Brace Up We’re spending some time with the Professor this evening for a drink that’s just a little bit shocking when you take a close look at the ingredients. The Saratoga Brace Up. Take 1 table-spoonful of fine white sugar. 2 dashes of Angostura bitters. 4 dashes of […]
June 8, 2013 (Day 29) – Improved Gin Cocktail We’re going back to the old, old, incredibly old school beats of where the term “cocktail” actually originated. You see, a cocktail, in the classic definition, isn’t anything close to the umbrella term we use today, dedicated to every single mixed drink that included alcohol. No, […]
May 24, 2013 (Day 15) – Sloeberry Not all classic cocktails are unnecessarily complex. Sometimes its as simple as modifying the base spirit by tinge. The Sloeberry takes the base of sloe gin and adjusts it with a few tiny dashes of bitters to modify the flavors. Sloeberry 1 oz sloe gin 1 dash Angostura […]
May 17, 2013 (Day 8) – Amaranth Cocktail One thing about scouring these classic cocktails is you realize something – the majority of cocktails from the late 1800s use basically two spirits – whiskey and gin. Now, what’s cool about this is that it does actually specify what kind of whiskey and gin (why yes, […]
May 12, 2013 (Day 5) – Lawhill The spiciness of rye lends some excellent complexity to cocktails that aren’t present in other whiskeys. That spiciness can also bring out different layers of flavors in other super-powered liquors such as absinthe. Lawhill 2 oz rye whiskey 1 oz dry vermouth 1 dash Angostura bitters 1 dash […]
May 12, 2013 (Day 4) – Gin Crusta Every time Mother’s Day comes around we mull over whether or not we’ll do a special cocktail. It’s not because we don’t love our mothers. In fact, my wife and I are both exceedingly fond of our own mothers and grandmothers. They’ve been confidants, supporters, and friends […]