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Apple Martini

Posted by Reese On August - 30 - 2009

That’s right, I’m putting away my man card for the week and doing the Apple Martini.  Certainly they must be tasty.

Okay, now that the intro sentence has scared away all the hardcore cocktail aficionados I can tell you the truth.  I’ve had an Apple Martini or seven in my time and I kinda like them.  Granted it’s in the same category of like where I lump Twinkies and Slim Jims, but still, there is fondness.  My biggest gripes have always been that they can be overly sweet at times and that they can taste rather artificial.  So, this week I’m going to see if I can’t ferret out an Apple Martini that isn’t overly sweet, isn’t artificial tasting and still packs a sufficient ‘tini punch.  I’ll start as I usually do with the Joy of Mixology recipe.

Apple Martini (Joy of Mixology)
2 oz Gin or Vodka
1 oz Green-Apple Schnapps
1) Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass

And finally to get you prepped and ready, J.D. on the Appletini.

Gin Rickey – ’bout Time I Wrapped This Up

Posted by Reese On August - 30 - 2009

I’ve spent two weeks with the Gin Rickey and they’ve been a good couple weeks.  I mentioned last week that there were experiments I wanted to conduct.  The results are mixed, but I’m getting ahead of myself.  In Gary Regan’s writeup of the Rickey in The Joy of Mixology he mentioned that you could really use any clear base spirit that you like for this drink but gin is the most common.  This naturally got me thinking about what the Rickey would be like when paired with other bases.  So I broke out the collection and went to work.

Gin Rickey

I think the most interesting thing I found from all of the experiments was that no matter the base spirit (gin excepted) I always found myself wanting a different cocktail that was only a slight change from the Rickey.  Now for some results.

Rum [Flor De Cana Extra Dry] – This variant has a slight sweetness from the rum but the overall flavor is much less complex.  Still a very dry drink.  (Preferred Drink – Daiquiri)

Tequila [Milagro Silver] – No sweetness here, very dry.  An interesting Margarita like aroma (not surprisingly).  This variant actually works pretty well, I’d even consider drinking this one again.  (Preferred Drink – Margarita)

Pisco [Montesierpe] – Not really an outright bad drink.  I was worried about this one as I mixed it.  I had visions of fail dancing through my head.  Flavors actually work out pretty well though, although it’s not something I’ll be reaching for in the foreseeable future. (Preferred Drink – Pisco Sour)

Cachaca [Leblon] – Definitely not my favorite variant.  This one, like the rum, lacks depth and complexity in the flavor. (Preferred Drink – Caipirinha)

So there you have it.  The variants weren’t bad, but each left me wanting a different drink.  Sure, I left out vodka.  But does it really matter?  Methinks, no.  As for gin you’ve got a good cocktail on your hands.  This drink, due to its simplicity, is really all about the ingredients.  Don’t use anything but fresh lime juice for this I implore you.  There are times when that’s an okay substitute in my book.  This, is not one of them.  The gin is more dependent upon your tastes but I’d reach for something in the mid to strong flavor range.  A delicate gin like Bombay Sapphire is simply going to get lost.  I tried Tanqueray, Beefeater and Junipero, all with good success.

Finally, I’m going to leave you with one parting comment.  Some of the recipes you’ll find call for sugar or simple syrup.  Don’t do it.  You lose what the Rickey is really about when you add the sugar.  A Gin Rickey is about sipping.  It’s supposed to be dry.  It’s supposed to be sour.  That’s the way the originator wanted it.  If you want something sweeter, reach for the lemon juice and make yourself a Tom Collins.

Gin Rickey – More Time!

Posted by Reese On August - 22 - 2009

This week has been very busy and I didn’t get as much time to experiment with the Rickey as I would have liked.  So, I’m going to extend the Rickey to two weeks and really get to do the sampling I want.  Enjoy your drinks and check back soon.

Gin Rickey

Posted by Reese On August - 16 - 2009

I’m going to take a somewhat interesting turn this week.  I’m going to cover a cocktail that has no sweetening agent whatsoever.  This isn’t the first time I’ve covered a drink like this, but they’re fairly few and far between.  A (distant) relative of the Gimlet I’m going to be looking at the Rickey this week and specifically the Gin Rickey.  This drink can be made with any white spirit you like as a base so  I’ll give a few a try and let you know what I like best.

Gin Rickey (Joy of Mixology)
3/4 oz Lime Juice
2 oz Gin
3-4 oz Club Soda
Lime Wedge for Garnish
1) Build in an ice filled collins glass.
2) Garnish with a lime wedge.

I’m a huge fan of club soda so I’m thinking I might like the dryness of this drink.  Give me a week and I’ll let you know for sure.

White Russian – The Dude Was Right

Posted by Reese On August - 15 - 2009

The Dude certainly had the right idea.  The White Russian is truly a tasty cocktail.  There isn’t a huge amount of room for experimentation here so I’m going to leave this one mostly up to the drinker.  That said, I do have a few bits of advice.

White Russian

One – Branch out from your normal coffee liqueur.  There are others out there and as you saw in my rave review of Corretto, some of them are really spectacular.

Two – Change up the ratio.  Switching things up allows you to control the level of sweetness, richness and flavor levels in this drink.  This will be especially necessary if you choose a different liqueur that may not have the same sugar content as Kahlua.

Three – Finally, not all cream is created equal.  I’ve been using table cream for my drinks and find it to be the right choice.  Heavy cream has an even higher fat content and will make your drink even more rich, which isn’t necessarily a good thing in this case.  Half and half is an okay choice, but it’s lower in fat than table cream and may make your drink a bit watery.

So there you have it.  My brief commentary on the White Russian.  Enjoy!