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RECENT COCKTAILS: JUNE 1, 2012
Bourbon, Sweet vermouth, Amer Picon, Ginger Brandy
Gin, Dry vermouth, Orange liqueur, Campari, Orange marmalade
APRIL 4, 2012
Islay Scotch, Drambuie, Bitters
MARCH 20, 2012
Old Tom Gin, Jamaican rum, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Lime juice, Grapefruit juice, Orgeat, Ginger syrup
FEBRUARY 11, 2012
Dark rum, Gold rum, Falernum, Absinthe, Maraschino Liqueur, Pineapple juice, Lime juice
JANUARY 5, 2012
Bourbon, Limoncello, Sweet vermouth, Bitters
JANUARY 4, 2012
Gin, Bianco Vermouth, Kirschwasser, Drambuie
DECEMBER 18, 2011
Scotch, Drambuie, Elderflower liqueur, Lemon juice, Orgeat
DECEMBER 8, 2011
Gin, Campari, Maraschino Liqueur, Orange juice, Lime juice
OCTOBER 23, 2011
Gin, Dry sake, Absinthe, Maraschino Liqueur, Swedish bitters, Lime juice

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

King's Breakfast

3⁄4 oz Bergamot liqueur, Italicus
3⁄4 oz Gin (Threefold Aromatic Gin)
3⁄4 oz Lemon juice
1 t Strawberry preserves (Heaped)
1 Strawberry (half, as garnish)
Instructions

Shake, fine strain, garnish.

Notes

An original of mine inspired by the Breakfast Martini. A delicate jammy, floral and citrusy cocktail perfect for brunch!

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From the Knowledge Vault

The Twelve Bottle Bar Book

I received an advance copy from the publisher of The Twelve Bottle Bar, a new book by the David Solmonson and Leslie Jacobs Solmonson, authors of the Twelve Bottle Bar blog. Let me first be up front about a few things. I had heard of the blog before the review copy of the book came my way, but I hadn’t looked at it in depth. Furthermore, this book is firmly geared toward the novice cocktail enthusiast, which I am definitely not.

One of the high points of this book is that is covers the bases of modern cocktail making thoroughly. Amidst sidebars about classic bar cons, witty apocrypha on the origins of Cognac, and classic mid-century vodka advertising slogans, there is a lot of high quality, reasonably well researched information about ice, barware and specific brands to buy in any given price range.

New cocktail enthusiasts are told in no uncertain terms what spirits they should buy, why they should buy the specific recommended brands, and roughly how much they’ll pay for them. This is incredibly useful information when starting out. It will help readers avoid spending money on spirits and mixers with few uses until they feel confident enough to explore the world of spirits more in depth.

I also admire the sections on non-alcoholic drinks, cider and beer cocktails, and etiquette for hosting parties and being a guest at one. I would have been thrilled with a more in depth treatment of the logistics and attitudes toward hosting a cocktail party, and it would give the novice more confidence to have friends over and put The Twelve Bottle Bar to good use.

Recent Additions

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  • Clive and the 4 P's — Pisco, Pavan, Pomegranate Liqueur, Herbal liqueur, Egg white
  • Roca Alexander — Bourbon, Crème de Cacao, Crème de Noyaux, Vanilla liqueur, Heavy cream, Salt
  • Oaxacan Dream — Reposado Tequila, Dry vermouth, Mezcal, Bénédictine, Bitters, Grapefruit peel
  • Take on Me — Zucca, Dry vermouth, Orange liqueur, Soda water, Lemon juice, Orange peel

Recent Discussion

  • Re Tahitian Equinox, 13 hours ago joegatorsr commented:

    used candied ginger and added a 1/4 oz of wray and nephews overproof - very nice

  • Re A Scotsman In Paradise, 6 days 12 hours ago happyrobot commented:

    Depending on the scotch I might tweak the coconut. I think the current amount in general could bumped up a tiny bit to lend more texture and weight.

    But, as others have said, pineapple + coconut cream + scotch = what’s not to love?

  • Re Smoking Jacket, 1 week 1 day ago yarm commented:

    Could've just checked the source material instead of your notes: https://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/2011/02/smoking-jacket.html

  • Re Trinidad Sour, 1 week 1 day ago Sperans commented:

    Reminds me of a full-bodied falernum which probably makes sense given the lemon and almond notes it should have, this is a 10/10, unbelievable!

  • Re Autumn Negroni, 1 week 2 days ago chadwilcomb commented:

    A great one to batch up, given all the ingredients. Delicious drink the whole year round!