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What I’m Drinking Now: Autumn Sour

Posted by Reese On October - 30 - 2014

Autumn is upon us good hackers and what better way to celebrate the season than with a cocktail!  Wanting a drink reminiscent of fall with flavors to match, I reached for whiskey, apple and a touch of cinnamon and came out with a cocktail that’s easy to drink and very tasty.

 

Autumn Sour


Autumn Sour
1 1/2 oz Whiskey *
1 oz Lemon Juice
2 oz Apple Cider
1/2 oz Cinnamon Liqueuer **
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1) Combine everything in a shaker with ice
2) Shake until well chilled and strain into a cocktail glass
3) Garnish with a dried or fresh apple slice

* I went with a blend of 1 oz Johnnie Walker Red Label and 1/2 oz Rye. I wanted a light smokey note from the Scotch with the spiciness of the rye. However, you can (and should) use whatever suits your taste.

** If you can track down Fyr from J&L Distilling in Boulder, CO DO IT!  So tasty.  If not, I’d recommend using a more complex cinnamon liqueur like Original Cinn from Hiram Walker.

What I’m Drinking Now: Wildfire Sunset

Posted by Reese On October - 6 - 2014

I love mezcal.  It’s like tequila’s rougher, somewhat crazy cousin.  I love the smoke, the sharpness and the depth of flavors.  I had some orange juice in the fridge and decided to try a Tequila Sunrise with some smokey mezcal in place of the tequila.  Behold, friends, the Wildfire Sunset.

Wildfire Sunset

Wildfire Sunset
2 oz Smokey Mezcal
3 oz Orange Juice
Splash of Grenadine
1) Combine the mezcal and orange juice in a rocks glass with ice
2) Drizzle the grenadine into the center of the drink

Note: We have more than a few forest fires here in Colorado (thankfully few this summer). When one is burning the sunsets are frequently deep red and you can smell smoke in the air. Seems rather fitting for this cocktail.

Review – Landy VSOP Cognac

Posted by Reese On September - 10 - 2014

Landy VSOP Cognac

Cognac is a classic cocktail staple and Landy is a strong contender for the only Cognac I need in my bar at all.  Landy has a light amber hue but the nose is where it really starts to get interesting.  Stone fruits and specifically black cherry are the stars with vanilla, maple and spice notes playing the chorus.  The aroma is tremendously smooth with no notable alcohol zing.

The flavor follows hand in hand with the stone fruit flavors.  Black cherry continues to shine the brightest with sweet notes of vanilla and spice bringing up the rear.  The finish is medium-long with a great fruitcake flavor of dried fruit, subtle spice and lingering sweetness.

Stiletto

We wanted to pair this Cognac with a classic cocktail.  Having some extra sparkling wine around we settled on the Stiletto from The Bubbly Bar by Maria Hunt.  The Stiletto is a riff (to use the word liberally) on the classic Champagne Cocktail and it was great.  The Landy really shone through and played extremely well with the orange flavor of the Grand Marnier.  I think the sweetness of the Proseco we used was a good choice as it gave the cocktail a light sweetness without being cloying.

Stiletto
1/2 - 1 oz Cognac
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
4 oz Sparkling Wine
1 Drop of Bitters
1) Combine the Cognac, Grand Marnier and Sparkling Wine in a flute
2) Add one drop of bitters

Having sampled Landy VSOP both straight and in a cocktail, it plays both roles tremendously well.  It’s flavors are distinct and smooth enough to call for you to have a snifter and it’s strong enough to stand up to other ingredients in a cocktail.  Definitely one to keep an eye out for.


† The product reviewed here was provided to me as a free sample. If you’re wondering what that means check out my sample policy.

Review – The New Old Bar

Posted by Reese On July - 31 - 2014

Guest post by Elisabeth, Cocktail Hacktress in training.

The New Old Bar is a cocktail book authored by The Hearty Boys (Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith). The Hearty Boys have gathered a great collection of cocktail and snack recipes for your enjoyment. The book is very attractive, with great pictures and easy to read text. The Hearty Boys first cover some of the cocktailing basics in Chapters 1 & 2. Chapter 3 has a great selection of over 150 cocktail recipes for you to peruse. These cocktail recipes cover everything from classic cocktails such as the Manhattan to original recipes. Recipes for garnishes and bar snacks are also provided.

We tested out a few of the recipes in this book. The first of these was the “Mayfair” cocktail – a blend of gin, apricot brandy and orange juice. This one was definitely tasty and easy to drink. The Eastern Sin, a scotch-based drink wasn’t my favorite, but it could really appeal to someone that appreciates a unique cocktail.

Sloe Gin Froze

Finally, we tried the Sloe Gin Froze. This drink was a blended drink, which was absolutely perfect for July. As published, this recipe was way too sweet for Reese. I tend to prefer the sweeter cocktails, but I would probably even eliminate the simple syrup. If you are looking for a good summer cocktail, I highly suggest giving sloe gin a try. If you are looking for a well-rounded cocktail recipe book, pick up “The New Old Bar” at a bookseller near you!

Sloe Gin Froze
1.5 oz sloe gin
1 oz ginger liqueur
0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
0.5 oz simple syrup
1 cup cracked ice
Lemon wheel for garnish

Combine the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a well-chilled glass and serve garnished with a lemon wheel. Yield – 1 cocktail.


† The product reviewed here was provided to me as a free sample. If you’re wondering what that means check out my sample policy.

What I’m Drinking Now: Blueberry Tequila Fizz

Posted by Reese On April - 21 - 2014

The family wanted an interesting cocktail for Easter so I used my cocktail super powers* and sprang into action.  I wanted tequila as the base, but wanted the cocktail be fresh, fruity and light.  I opted for blueberry juice and found meyer lemons at the market which added a nice touch of sourness and added complexity.  With a touch of soda water, the Blueberry Tequila Fizz was born.

Blueberry Tequila Fizz

Blueberry Tequila Fizz
2 oz Blanco Tequila
2 oz Blueberry Juice
1/2 oz Meyer Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1) Combine, add ice and top with soda water

Note: The blueberry juice we used was pure blueberry juice, but blueberry juice cocktail works pretty good too.

* Super powers may be exagerated