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RECENT COCKTAILS: NOVEMBER 12, 2010
Scotch, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Lemon peel, Maraschino cherry
Dark rum, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, Grapefruit juice, Orange juice, Lime juice, Lemon juice, Nutmeg
Dark rum, Pineapple juice, Coconut cream, Pineapple, Maraschino cherry
Dark rum, Ice, Pineapple juice, Coconut cream, Maraschino cherry, Pineapple
Tequila, Triple sec, Ice, Lime juice, Lime
Light rum, Ice, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Lime
Sparkling white wine, Gin, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Lemon zest
Dark rum, Ginger beer, Lime
Lemon vodka, Triple sec, Lime juice, Cranberry juice, Lime
Champagne, Bitters, Sugar cube, Lemon zest

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

Creation and Craft

Though all the crannies of the world we filled with elves and goblins, though we dared to build gods and their houses out of dark and light, and sow the seed of dragons, 'twas our right (used or misused). The right has not decayed. We make still by the law in which we're made.
     — “Mythopoeia”, J.R.R. Tolkien

I read Derek Brown’s article in Table Matters “Bartenders, Stop Making (Up) Cocktails” today with a great deal of dismay. For under a great deal of flowery language and appeals to long dead psychoanalysts was a sense of utter, terrible defeat, and a denial of one of the greatest aspects of humanity.

His first sentence makes this evident, where he claims that “[a]mong the worst instincts known to man is that of creation.” I would hesitate to ask him what he thought the best instincts were. He proceeds to indict the entire craft cocktail movement and its practitioners, passing them off as places “where you can drink new cocktails made with quirky ingredients such as dehydrated carrots, yogurt and thai chiles. “

The root cause of this defeatist attitude? Once upon a time, Mr. Brown decided to make a warm version of the Cosmopolitan, and now that he’s had an appropriate amount of time to think about it, he now realizes that “Yes, it was terrible.”

Recent Additions

  • Calexico — Aquavit, Rye, Herbal liqueur, Bitters, Ancho Reyes Verde chile liqueur, Lemon peel
  • Rare Hearts — Cognac, Bourbon, Herbal liqueur, Cardamom bitters, Lemon juice, Vanilla syrup
  • Long Peninsula Iced Tea — Light rum, Curaçao, Cola, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Brewed Tea
  • Blueberry Patch — Rye, Ginger liqueur, Blueberry syrup
  • Rhubarbaration — Bourbon, Zucca, Rhubarb syrup

Recent Discussion

  • Re Alpine Bird, 11 hours 21 minutes ago HallA commented:

    It's good, there is a weird, pleasant note that I'm reading as coconut-ey off the combination of the braulio and the pineapple. Lots of foam.

  • Re Calexico, 14 hours 59 minutes ago Mixed up in Na… commented:

    This is a remarkably well-balanced and interesting drink with a bit of heat in the finish. Substituted Tattersall aquavit and Old Forester 100-proof rye, as that is what we had on hand.

  • Re Poppies in October, 18 hours 12 minutes ago BamBoozled commented:

    Tasty AF. Used Rittenhouse rye and subbed Italicus liquor for black tea liquor

  • Re Stigmata, 1 day ago lesliec commented:

    I agree with a previous comment about being 'thin'. Maybe swap amaro/vermouth quantities? But it's pleasant anyway.

  • Re Meatpacker, 2 days ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Cut the bitters - they are out of place.