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What I’m Drinking Now: Clementine Whiskey Sour

Posted by Reese On December - 31 - 2012

Winter is here and that means it’s clementine season.  Clementines are one of my favorite citrus fruits and I almost always have them on hand this time of year.  Wanting to mix up a quick drink to go with our New Year’s Eve dinner I came up with the Clementine Whiskey Sour.  It’s simple, tasty and a bit of brightness in a cold winter.

Clementine Whiskey Sour

Clementine Whiskey Sour
*Makes 2 drinks
Juice of 3 Clementines (~3 oz)
Juice of 1 Lime (~1 oz)
4 oz Bourbon
2 Dashes Old Fashioned Bitters
1 tsp Sugar
1) Combine ingredients in shaker with ice
2) Shake until well chilled
3) Strain into two cocktail glasses

Relaunch of Tanqueray Malacca

Posted by Reese On December - 13 - 2012

Bam, you’re drinking damn fine gin now you realize as that first sip of Malacca finishes on your palate.  But, you certainly wouldn’t think that fine gin is one of Tanquerary’s.  Regular Tanqueray is known for it’s solid London Dry flavor of juniper and other bontanicals subtly in the background (love the stuff in a G&T).  Malacca is a whole other animal.  Far more citrus forward but with an undercurrent of juniper that is distinctly gin.  Lightly sweet on the palate with hints of coriander and pepper with a floral quality that wraps it up.  The finish is long and deliciously botanical.  So, now that I’ve got your interest piqued, the bad news.  You can’t buy Tanqueray Malacca anymore.  It was discontinued in 2004.

Malacca Label

D’Oh!  So began my fortuitous journey in spring of 2008.  I had read many posts about people still being able to find bottles of Malacca, seemingly long forgotten, in liquor stores around the country.  Sure that I would have the same luck I began searching.  I searched all over the Boulder and Denver areas, one day visiting every liquor store in Boulder (about a dozen) in one trip.  Sadly, no luck.  That is until I mentioned it a friend’s dad who owns a restaurant.  He checked his bar and happened upon an open, but nearly full, bottle he’d let me have.  YES!

That bottle has sat on my shelf for over 4 years, a prized possession, having only been cracked to grant small samples to those I knew would really appreciate it.  I knew that at some point down the road it would run empty.  But, as you’ve probably figured out, that all changed with an announcement yesterday from Diageo that a limited run of 9,000 cases would hit US shelves in February of 2013.  The even better news?  It’ll be reasonably priced at ~$28.

I’ve written reviews of a lot of great products over the years, but this one I write purely from my own excitement.  I’ll be stocking up in February, will you?

* Hat tip to Eye for Spirits and Drink Spirits for the info

5 Minute $5 Cocktail Shaker Instructable

Posted by Reese On November - 1 - 2012

Hello there, Cocktail Peeps.  I just published a new Instructable detailing the quick process to make your own 5 Minute $5 Cocktail Shaker from a Mason jar and some spare lids.  The process is super simple the end result works fantastically well.

5 Minute $5 Cocktail Shaker

Jack Daniels’ Barrel Making Process

Posted by Reese On September - 27 - 2012

This is a very cool video showing the Jack Daniels barrel making process at a high level.  Enjoy!

Birth of a Barrel from Paper Fortress on Vimeo. [From Gizmodo]

What I’m Drinking Now: Limoncello Lemonade

Posted by Reese On July - 9 - 2012

One of my original cocktail experiments, before I even knew they were cocktail experiments, was making homemade limoncello in college.  I had tasted it a couple times and, due to my deep love of lemon anything, was immediately hooked.  I remember that first batch, made with lemons peeled with a vegetable peeler, steeped for weeks in overproof vodka and generally okay.  Not amazing, but good enough to keep me trying.  I’ve since refined my recipe quite a bit (more on that later) and was making up a new batch a couple weeks ago.

Limoncello Lemonade

I had a bottle of limoncello in my freezer (that’s where it should be kept by the way) from my previous batch and wanted to do something fresh, crisp and summery with it.  Limoncello lemonade was the clear winner, but it needed some spice.  Inspiration came in the form of fresh herbs which are now blossoming all around.

The first batch we mixed up used basil which was fantastic with the lemon.  Next we tried thyme.  A good flavor choice but kind of a pain in the ass with the small leaves.  If you’re going to try that one use whole sprigs instead of leaves.  Then came tarragon.  The licorice notes went really well with the sweetness of the drink and sourness of the lemons.  Latest, but not last and certainly not least was mint.  It seems almost too easy, but this one worked really really well.  The almost cooling character of the mint went with the theme of a crisp summer cooler fantastically.  What’s next on the docket?  There are no limits.  How about rosemary, oregano, varietals of the above (lemon thyme, spearmint, etc)…please let me know what you try.  Oh, and I’d hope this goes without saying, but if you’re not an herb person or don’t have any around, skip them.  The drink is still damn good without any herbage.

Limoncello Lemonade
Herbs (optional)
1 1/2 oz Limoncello
1 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Soda Water
1) Muddle herbs, or not
2) Combine limoncello and lemon juice
3) Top with soda water

I’d suggest you try to sip it slowly and watch the world go by, but the reality is, you should just be ready to make another one in short order.