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Blog Stalker: Stir and Strain

Lets try something a bit different and see how it goes…

So there’s all this great content online, just brimming with new ideas and inspiration; Content that I view and take cues from as to what to do, what NOT to do and more importantly, how to create my own content without simply regurgitating someone else’s hard work and slapping a new coat of paint on it. That shit’s hard to do. But I wouldnt put the effort I do into my own li’l site if I didnt think it could be done. For the most part.

So once a month (for now), I’ll be showcasing a blog or site that I believe is of value, purpose and/or stunning design. I’ll kiss their butt a bit in the form of a poor description and then I’ll mix a few of their drinks exactly as noted or (let’s be honest here) as close to them as possible.

Up first on the chopping block: StirandStrain.com

Full disclosure: I almost didn’t start my own site because of this gorgeous blog. I wanted to make something pretty, with fun banter and great taste in cocktails, then I find this site (how I don’t remember) and I decided only to move forward with mine because she doesn’t drop enough F bombs. Elana (who is a pretty rad human being from what I can tell by following her on instagram/twitter) runs that shrine to mixology and so fucking jealous photography. I think she saved some ferrets from a burning building in Rhode Island once too. I cant recall. If you don’t know this site but for some reason know mine, get on it quick. The drinks pack a punch, the writing is fun and inviting (like what you’d find in 50 Shades of Grey) and the photos will melt your face.

So now that we got the formalities out of the way, lets move onto the stirandstrain.com drinks:

Aviation [ Elana’s variation on the classic ]

This is a cool one to show Elana’s variations on what’s out there and how changing something small can produce a welcomed new addition to the seemingly old and familiar. I mainly wanted to try this one since I too am not a fan of the OG Aviation cocktail. 

Aviation

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Recipe HERE 

Eagle Rock [  go easy on these ]

Look at that list of ingredients. Mmmm. Tho I will admit I liked it a bit more with 10 yr. Bulleit Bourbon. I cant recall how many of these I’ve made since. 

Eagle_Rock

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Recipe HERE

These are just a couple of cocktails I bastardized from her site, but maybe you can give them a more faithful representation in your bar. I’m certain stirandstrain.com will quickly climb your cocktail reading list (if not already) and promptly make you a fan. Just like me.

[ enjoy ]

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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