Blood & Thunder

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The original calls for blended Scotch, which is curb-stomped here by my old pal, tequila, a spirit that not only sounds more menacing in its almost automatic drunken-flashback inducing montage but also makes it more appealing to a wider spectrum of people (IMO)… Unless you’re using Jose Cuervo, in which case just stop reading this right now and come back when I have a slushy margarita recipe. No! Come back! Lets just pretend you’re not using that shit and we can still be friends (the kind of friends that only communicate via Facebook likes).

I’ve gone ahead and taken what Cale Green from ‘Tavern Law, Need & Thread’ (Seattle) devised and changed it to what [to me] makes more sense, both for the cocktail itself but for the name: Blood oranges. Yup. Those weird little oranges that only come out (here in the North East at least) around this time of year but that are not only pretty to look at [I mean seriously, these things make all other citrus their bitch] but have a wonderful flavor that goes perfect in cocktails (see here ). Only this guy wouldn’t like them.


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Blanco Tequila
Cheery Heering
Sweet Vermouth
Blood Orange

To be honest, I gave this drink a try mainly because I’m a big Mastodon fan. Having never tried a ‘Blood and Sand’ (sorry but the idea of those ingredients didn’t really do it for me) I was more interested in a variation of the original with ingredients that seemed much more appealing.


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Super easy. Equal parts:
El Tesoro Platinum Tequila
Cherry Heering
Dolin Rouge
Fresh Blood Orange Juice
4 drops of (Bob’s) Abbot’s bitters (optional)

Shake it to wake it up.

For the garnish:
Thin slice of blood orange + maraschino cherry.

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The Holiday

3 parts apple brandy [ Laird’s ]
1 1/2 parts fresh lemon juice
1 part cranberry juice
1 part ginger liquor
2 bar spoons of grenadine [ avoid the cheap bottled stuff like you would herpes ]
stick of cinnamon.
small handful of cranberries.

I live in Boston. Which means there’s a lot of booze but very little inspiration when it comes to cocktails. In most places it comes down to what flavor of Sam Adams you’ll have or how much cranberry you’d like with your vodka. Enter Stoddard’s Pub.
This place not only looks the part (picture the 1940’s. Without the polio) but has the type of drinks that’d make any pretentious alcoholic with too much time on his hands start a blog. I’m sorry. I’m being too hard on myself; I don’t have that much free time.
Long story short: this was my first drink there. It had everything you’d want to have in a cold night in the fall or winter. So I stole reverse engineered the shit out of it (with science, you guys) so that I could give it to you.

How to:
Take the handful of cranberries and muddle all its fresh juice.
Add all the other ingredients and shake it like a Polaroid.
Double strain [ unless you want to be self-conscious ] into a rocks glass and garnish with some cranberries and a stick of cinnamon.
Pro tip: scrape some cinnamon on top of the drink before serving it.
[ Enjoy ]