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Remedies

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You guys, I’ve had a cold now for what feels like the majority of my adult life. You may know it more commonly referred to as “the vapors“. In all honesty, I’m not sure that’s even remotely similar but if it deals with throwing your hand over your brow whilst holding a dainty handkerchief and fainting all over the place, then they might as well be the same thing. Know this: Its been snowing every. fucking. day. here in New England and I’m kinda done with this cold weather business. Done.

In a cry for help, I decided to take matters into my own hands and “cure” myself with some liquor, a large pizza and a marathon session of Girls. What resulted from that was no better or worse than where I started. In fact, I may have eaten too much pizza and Girls has gotten pretty weird lately – FOCUS, Raul! – Drinks. Yes. Basically, I had leftover ginger/honey/thyme syrup from my previous post that lent itself wonderfully to flavors usually associated with cold medicine: honey, ginger, lemon, cherry, chamomile, hard alcohol. All there. So here’s a little something fun to play with. Two drinks to improve your spirits (even when people say NOT to consume alcohol when taking certain cold medicine… But we know that’s BS anyway, AMIRIGHT?!), even if its just for a moment.    

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Normally I write a quick rundown of the type of ingredients needed but since I gave you the ‘ol “switcheroo” here and made 2 in 1. I’m not gonna do that this time. Instead, I will share a ‘Snapple cap’ fact from a tasty lemon ice tea I had the other day:

“You will die alone”

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Santo Remedio

1 1/2 oz El Tesoro Platinum tequila
1/2 oz Drambuie
3/4 oz G/H/T syrup
3/4 part lime juice
1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

Add all to a Boston shaker. Yes, it has to be a Boston Shaker. You don’t have one? Well then good day to you, sir. …but… I SAID, GOOD DAY.
JK. I would never shun you like that. That’s a task best left for family members or loved ones.
Shake it fast. Or in my case, poorly, when you realize that all your strength has left you.
Dont even bother double straining if you’re sick. You wont even feel the ice shards like you would normally.
[ Now enjoy this sweet, sweet medicine ]

The Best Remedy

No association to this wonderful site, which is on my reading list.

2 oz Grey Goose Le Citron vodka
1 eye-dropper of Bitterman’s Boston Bittahs (contains chamomile I’m told
3/4 oz G/H/T syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice

Take everything. EVERYTHING and just dump it all in a cup or zip-lock bag. You choose.
Shake if you’re able and strain into a rocks glass with a piece of ice that’s bigger than my head (FYI: I’ve been told (by my fiance, mainly) that I have an abnormally large head).
Between you and me, I didn’t even bother straining on my first run (there were a few). That ice was delicious.
[ Enjoy ]

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Lion’s Tail

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If you’ve never been to Drink [in the now frozen tundra that is Boston], the place consists of connected bars where they tailor cocktails based on your preference and suggest different drinks in accordance to it. That’s probably an accurate, yet oversimplification of this place but if you know what you like or want to try new things, this is definitely the place.

Some of our libations from that evening:

a vodka Monkey Gland.
a Pegu Club style gin-gin mule(?) Warning: drinking this was like tasting chocolate for the first time.
Dead Man’s Mule (shutTheFrontDoor was this good)
Chartreuse tasting [I now know the difference between the 2, you guys!]
Allspice Dram sampling [This is what lead to the conversation on the Lion’s Tail]

…basically anything with their in-house ginger beer could not go into my mouth fast enough.

This cocktail, though not my “favorite of all time!” is special because it was given to me as a birthday gift. Not the drink itself, but the knowledge of it, in the form of a hand written recipe [taken from some old looking book from the back of the bar], along with a tiny bottle of St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram wrapped in tape with the words “happy birthday”. It was a night of first (I’ve never been 31 until that day. I think Im doing fine with this age. I could do without the peeing blood part but that’s normal, right?), I’d never been to Drink and I had never met such a bad-ass working the stick as Estrellita, our bartender for the evening.

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Bourbon whiskey
Allspice Dram
Lime juice
Demerara syrup*
Angostura

*I first tested this out with regular simple syrup (1/1) before making some Demerara syrup and I gotta say, it really is better with the Demerara, as it gives it a subtle difference in the sweetness along with reinforcing the rich color of this drink.

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The real point of focus here, where your drink will really excel is the Bourbon, as the cocktail itself can be slightly on the sweet side in itself, you’d want to stay away from sweeter tasting bourbons (Maker’s Mark for example. Though that is still my favorite for a whiskey sour) and just the same, you don’t want to kill it with something that’s gonna kick its ass (I’m looking at you 101 wild turkey).

1 3/4 part Wild Turkey 81 bourbon
1/4 part St Elizabeth allspice dram
1/2 part lime juice
1/2 part demerara syrup
2 dashes of Angostura bitters

shake it like it owes you money.
double strain into a martini/coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel.
[Enjoy]

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Moscow Mule

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Enter the dragon mule. This cocktail is best kicked back (see what I did there?! …you know… cause mules ki… ANYWAYS) in a frosted copper mug (it doesn’t have to but man does it make it recognizable) while imbibing with friends. Or alone, if that’s your thing but really, don’t be that guy.
i prefer to use Russian vodka in my mules, simply because it makes it feel authentic. Though this cocktail wasn’t invented in Russia, it would feel weird to drink it with vodka from another country. Kinda like kissing your cousin. Unless thats your thing, but for fuck sake, really try not to be that guy.
Its crazy simple, is open to so many variations and its fun ’cause you get to build it in the copper mug itself.

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Vodka
Lime juice
Ginger beer

I use Stoli Gold vodka in my mules but it is very common to see ‘Russian Standard’ used, which in a drink like this, is more than serviceable.

As for the ginger beer, this is really the key ingredient in a great mule, so the better the beer, the better the taste. I’ve used Maine Root ginger beer here.

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Build your mules within the copper mugs. There’s no shame in doing it all in the shaker and then topping off your mug with the ginger beer but I’m pretty sure that your street cred (the one you’ve been working on so hard over the last 15 minutes) will be all but erased. Your call, tough guy.

4 parts Stoli Gold Vodka
1 part lime juice
Fever-Tree Ginger Beer

Take your sweet-ass copper mug and fill it about 1/2 way with crushed ice.
add the 4 parts of vodka and the freshly (oh so fresh and so clean) squeezed lime juice.
Add some of that ginger beer that has been waiting for its turn, but leave some room.
Stir it a bit with your barspoon [not nearly as much as you would a martini]
Add a bit more crushed ice to make it look pretty and keep it chilled.
Garnish with a lime wedge or wheel [some folks add a cucumber spear but I don’t get that]
[Enjoy]

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La Cubanita

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I intended to name this post “The eternal struggle for Bank’s 5 Island Rum” but it doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue. So instead I made a drink inspired by the infuriatingly-hard-to-find rum (in the NorthEast at least) which I finally got a couple weeks ago after a +month long search, along with my own variation on the daiquiri.

The funny part is that I’m not the biggest fan of rum; I enjoy a refreshing mojito just as much as the next guy, trust me, but most of the pretentious cocktails I enjoy are old ones that don’t call for rum. You know who loves drinks with rum tho?! Women… and pirates. I know that may sound a bit sexist but try and think of as many cocktails with rum as you can….now tell me who you pictured drinking them? If you answered my sister (sorry, Flor) then you are correct.

So this one’s for them; For the ladies [but the fellas’ can enjoy it just as well].

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Bank’s 5 Island Rum
Velvet Falernum
Lime juice
Blood orange juice
Grenadine

Finding a bottle of this rum will probably be my highest achievement for 2012. What can I say, I aim low.

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2 parts Bank’s 5 Island Rum
1/2 part Lime juice
3/4 part Blood orange juice
1/2 part velvet falernum
1 barspoon of Grenadine [NOT that cheap shit puh-lease]

Pour into a shaker, add ice and beat the devil out of it.
Double strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with a blood orange wheel or a lime wheel.
[Enjoy]

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Herbalism

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It’s OK to change your mind. I mean, we do it all the time, right? Sometimes I wear different socks in the morning (I’m not just talking about color here, I mean, 1 will be an ankle sock and the other will be a barely elastic crew sock with a hole in the front big enough for 2 toes) and right before I leave the house I stop myself and say “No. Not like this. You’re a grown man now”.

Well just like that, I made a cocktail the other night that I had enjoyed @ Eastern Standard which they call the “Au Provence”. Its a nice little vodka gimlet with tarragon infused simple that I bastardized the shit out of it in the comfort of my home and took pictures for you guys, wrote up a recipe, the whole 9… Turns out that vodka (was using Karlsson’s) falls flat with tarragon and lime. There’s nothing to make it anything more than starter drink for the night that you’ll forget as soon as something better comes along. Like a first husband or wife.
On my second run, I used No. 3 gin, which with its delicate botanical mix is just perfect for this cocktail.

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No. 3 London Dry Gin
Lime juice
Tarragon infused simple
Grapefruit Bitters
Angostura bitters

If you prefer to use a gin that has a more prominent orange peel element, you can swap out the grapefruit bitters for orange bitters to help bring out those flavors.

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2 parts No.3 Gin
3/4 part lime juice
3/4 part tarragon simple
2 dashes of angostura bitters
2 dashes of grapefruit bitters

Pour into a shaker, add ice and beat the devil out of it.
Double strain into a chilled martini glass or coupe.
Garnish with a fresh lime twist and some tarragon to really get that herbal aroma.
[Enjoy]

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Indian Summer

3 parts rum [ Banks ]
1 1/2 parts young coconut water [ Vita Coco’s need not apply ]
1 part velvet falernum [ the boozy kind ]
1 part cranberry compote
1 part fresh lime juice
dash of allspice

Im telling you right now: this is not a drink you’ll make often. you may never even make it again after your first go. So why the fuck did you add it in the first place??!! you ask; so politely. well, its pretty looking. and sometimes in life, thats good enough. Ladies, am I right?!
This cocktail is great for learning how to balance flavors and textures in a drink. Not long ago, I didn’t know much about ratios and control when making cocktails. Which meant I followed recipes as written, without question. PRO TIP: Dont follow cocktail recipes and expect to love them just the same as the person who wrote them. Experiment (like you did back in your sophomore year in college) and tweak it to your own liking. How will you make something truly yours otherwise?

How to:
Take the fresh coconut water [ don’t forget to scrape up all the good stuff from the inside as well. more on that in a bit ] and pour it into your mixing glass
Add the cranberry compote, the lime juice.
Take a couple of pieces of the coconut meat you scooped out and add it to you mixing glass. muddle that to extract the oil from the coconut. [ extra points if you’re brave enough to muddle the limes used as well ]
Add the rum, falernum and a tiny dash of allspice.
Shake it and serve in a collins glass filled with crushed ice.
[ Enjoy ]

Traitor Vic

2 parts spiced dark rum [ Captain Morgan 100 proof ]
1 part fresh lime juice
1/2 part ginger liquor [ Domaine de Canton ]
1/2 part orgeat [ if you can make your own, you’re my hero ]
orange bitters [ Scrappy’s Bitters ]
mint sprig

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: I broke a 1/2 full (ever the optimist) bottle of Averna Amaro pulling my rum out of the liquor cabinet when making this. You’ll never know my pain. Now sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because of this. “The wrong kid died!”

How to:
Shake the rum, juice, liquor and orgeat.
[ mai tai’s are served in the ice they were mixed in. Fuck that ]
Pour into a rocks or collins glass filled with cracked ice.
Hit it with a couple cashes of the bitters
Slap the taste out of the mint sprig’s mouth [ that makes no sense ] and tuck it into the drink.
[ Enjoy ]