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RECENT COCKTAILS: JUNE 6, 2010
Sloe gin, Gin, Campari, Soda water, Lemon juice, Egg white, Sugar
Gin, Dry vermouth, Crème de Violette, Absinthe, Orange bitters
Rhum Agricole, Allspice Dram, Apple cider, Salt, Apple
Sweet vermouth, Aromatized wine, Orange bitters, Lemon peel
Gin, Maraschino Liqueur, Crème de Violette, Lemon juice
Gin, Sweet vermouth, Herbal liqueur, Campari, Lemon peel, Maraschino cherry
Bourbon, Maraschino Liqueur, Campari, Orange juice
Reposado Tequila, Dry vermouth, Sweet vermouth, Campari, Bitters, Lemon peel
Añejo rum, Ginger liqueur, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Orange peel
Champagne, Elderflower liqueur, Bitters, Sugar cube

A Spontaneous Libation for your Consideration

From the Knowledge Vault

All The Gin Joints by Michael Turback

New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars

I enjoyed reading an advance copy of Michael Turback’s All The Gin Joints: New Spins on Gin from America’s Best Bars (ISBN 978-1466282988), a book celebrating gin with “101 artisanal cocktails.” Mr. Turback writes in a light, engaging style, weaving quotes from Casablanca through the prologue and the brief history of gin that front the cocktail recipes. A small fairly complete section covers proper bartending tools, material which should be familiar to people who love cocktails.

The cocktails themselves range from the staggeringly simple “Wolf’s Bite”, (3 parts gin, 2 parts grapefruit juice, and 1 part Green Chartreuse) to the almost comically complex “Daikon Dream”, which has intrepid home mixologists stirring up dongchimi broth, taking two full days to ferment at room temperature.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some intriguing drinks in this book. I am honored to know all of the Texas bartenders in the book, and Bobby Heugel’s “Smitten” is not only delicious, but within the abilities of the home cocktail-maker. Likewise, Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s “East of Eden” takes an gin sour with equal parts citrus and syrup, but enhances the white flower aromatics of St. Germain with a floral-lychee scented Gewurztraminer reduction. There are some cocktails in “All The Gin Joints” that combine deliciousness and ease of construction into a pleasant whole.

Recent Additions

  • Dusky Sunset — Mezcal, Bruto Americano, Sweet vermouth, Bitters, Hellfire Habanero Shrub, Grapefruit peel
  • Crooked Tree — Whiskey, Framboise, Lemon juice, Honey syrup
  • Jim Jam Jump — Pisco, Strega, Cherry Liqueur, Bitters, Lemon juice, Sherry vinegar, Salt
  • Ten Years Later — Gin, Almond liqueur, Pear liqueur, Cranberry bitters, Grapefruit juice
  • Golden Barnacle — Rhum Agricole, Jamaican rum, Allspice Dram, Don's Mix, Lime juice, Blood orange

Recent Discussion

  • Re Kerala, 14 hours 13 minutes ago shadowkirby commented:

    Like a cardamom whisky sour - excellent. Used pineapple rum.

  • Re Margara, 16 hours ago shadowkirby commented:

    A bitter margarita

  • Re Son of Santa, 22 hours 37 minutes ago Biff Malibu commented:

    Reduce sweet vermouth to 0.5 oz

  • Re Dante's Requiem, 1 day ago supcake commented:

    Swapped the Chartreuse for Suze and the dashes of Fernet with Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters. Strong and sweet drink, but not too sweet! Used Rittenhouse (100 proof) rye which I feel helped balance things.

  • Re Aurora Bora Borealis, 1 day ago arynbwr commented:

    Using Creme of Coconut (1:1 sugar to coconut milk), this was a delicious drink. Well balanced with some funk from the dark rum and orgeat, but without the heavy marzipan some orgeat drinks can get. A great staple.