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RECENT COCKTAILS: JUNE 6, 2010
Dark rum, Apricot liqueur, Lemon bitters, Lime juice
Gin, Cynar, Triple sec, Peychaud's Bitters, Grapefruit juice
Apple brandy, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Ramazzotti, Orange liqueur, Peach bitters
Bourbon, Elderflower liqueur, Maraschino Liqueur, Bitters, Peychaud's Bitters, PInk grapefruit juice
Cynar, Dry vermouth, Bitters, Lemon juice, Salt
Gin, Cynar, Soda water, Lemon juice, Cucumber
Champagne, Elderflower liqueur, Bitters, Sugar cube
Bourbon, Dry sherry, Ramazzotti, Triple sec, Orange bitters, Lemon peel
Gin, Campari, Sweet vermouth, Orange bitters, Orange peel
Blended Scotch, Elderflower liqueur, Eau de vie of Douglas Fir, Bitters, Lemon juice, Orange juice, Rich demerara syrup 2:1

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

  • Edelweiss — Gin, Dry vermouth, Honey Liqueur, Orange bitters, Grapefruit peel
  • (the) Pilot Light — Mezcal, Crème de mure, Aztec Chocolate bitters, Warm spice liqueur, Lime juice, Cane syrup
  • Oil Change Blues — Sake, Japanese Whisky, Blue Curaçao, Pavan, Herbal liqueur, Salt, Sugar
  • Midway Over — Gin, Crème de Violette, Pomegranate juice, Lime juice, Egg yolk
  • WestPac — Gin, Crème de Violette, Herbal liqueur, Pomegranate juice, Egg white, Lime juice, Sugar

Recent Discussion

  • Re The Beast, 20 hours ago stirred commented:

    Like a complex cola. Made with Fever Tree Elderflower tonic.

  • Re Tolkien, 1 day 2 hours ago Craig E commented:

    Ah, okay, that makes Ents!

  • Re Tolkien, 1 day 5 hours ago noksagt commented:

    "Jamaican Rum" and "Ramazzotti" each provide an R.

  • Re Tolkien, 1 day 14 hours ago Craig E commented:

    Okay, this is driving me crazy: what's the second R?

  • pretty good - I had different VS cognac and had to use regular chartreuse. I opted to use yellow for a mellow flavor and it was nice and smooth. Have to find the 45% for a bit more bite to it.