The Ward Eight

Posted in Recipes on May 15th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for a Ward EightDuring our Brown Liquor Tweetup earlier in the week, our group eventually made its way to a wonderful cocktail bar called the Clover Club. You may remember, I’ve posted about the Clover Club cocktail in the past, and while they seemed to do a fine job mixing their namesake drink, another cocktail on the menu caught my eye: the Ward Eight.

The Ward Eight is essentially a whisky sour, but with the addition of grenadine. In The Essential Cocktail, Dale DeGroff teaches us about its historic political roots in Boston’s Eighth Ward. The story goes that it was created on Election Eve 1898 to celebrate the victory of Martin Lomasney. Historians can debate if that’s true. While they do, I’ll be pouring myself a drink. Read More

Tags: clover club, cocktail, grenadine, lemon, rye, simple syrup, sour

The Jack Rose Cocktail

Posted in Recipes on May 14th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for Jack RoseThere’s something deeply satisfying about an apple. The combination of the sweet and the tart. The crunch of that first bite, and the soft flesh inside. Apples have always been one of my favorite fruits, and I relish the idea of bringing them to one of my other favorite things – cocktails!

The Jack Rose is an absolute classic. It has appeared in hotel bars for over a century, and has even shown up in the writing of Ernest Hemmingway. It’s made in the traditional sour style, using the 2:3/4:3/4 ratio, as you’ll see below. Read More

Tags: applejack, calvados, cocktail, grenadine, lemon, simple syrup, sour

Tom Collins

Posted in Recipes on May 9th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for Tom Collins - Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon and Club SodaThe Tom Collins is the classic gin-based sour. It follows the traditional formula of 2oz base spirit, 3/4oz sour and 3/4oz sweet, topped off with a bit of club soda for some fizz. The best thing about a Tom Collins is that it’s not only tasty and refreshing in its own right, but one might consider it the blank canvas of cocktails – it’s very easy to create variations to suit your tastes and impress your guests. Read More

Tags: berries, club soda, gin, lemon, simple syrup, sour

Pisco Sour

Posted in Recipes on May 6th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for Pisco SourI’m always a little bit hesitant to pick up a new spirit when I can only think of one cocktail in which I might use it. Gin, bourbon, rye, and rum are all staples, and I have no doubt that I ill make good use of them (to put it mildly) regardless of cost. However, I wasn’t so sure when I came across a bottle of Pisco at my favorite liquor store recently. I was certainly familiar its namesake cocktail, the Pisco Sour, but was that enough to justify the purchase?

Yes. Yes it was. Read More

Tags: angostura bitters, egg white, lemon, pisco, simple syrup, sour

Strawberry Daiquiri

Posted in Recipes on April 24th, 2009 by Josh

The daiquiri is one of the simplest of all cocktails, and also one of the most misunderstood. All too often, people confuse the daiquiri for that mix of sugar, cheap booze, and food coloring that comes out of a Slushy machine in Vegas. In truth, not only is the real thing easier to make at home, but it’s much tastier too!

Ingredients for a Strawberry DaiquiriThe basic daiquiri follows the formula for a traditional sour:

2oz base spirit
3/4oz sweet
3/4oz sour

In the case of the daiquiri, the spirit is Rum, the sweet is simple syrup, and the sour is fresh lime juice. Simply combine those three ingredients in the 2/.75/.75 proportion (with ice!), shake vigorously and strain, and you’ve got yourself a very fine cocktail. But it wouldn’t be much fun if we stopped there! Read More

Tags: cocktail, daiquiri, lime, recipe, rum, simple syrup, sour, strawberry, summer

The Gin Sling

Posted in Recipes on April 22nd, 2009 by Josh

Gin Sling ingredients: sweet vermouth, gin, lemon, angostura bitters, simple syrup, club sodaIf you do any reading at all about the art of cocktails (and I assume you do, since you’ve ended up here!), you’ve probably come across the name Dale DeGroff. If you haven’t, you need to read more! And you should start with Dale’s book, The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks.

Anyway, Dale is commonly known as the King of Cocktails (rightfully so), and you really can’t go wrong mixing one of his recipes. Among my favorite is his take on the classic Gin Sling. Read More

Tags: angostura bitters, club soda, cocktail, dale degroff, gin, lemon, recipe, simple syrup, sour, sweet vermouth

French Kiss Cocktail

Posted in Recipes on April 21st, 2009 by Josh

Pernod & Aviation Gin for the French Kiss CocktailIn my last post, I discussed the Earl Grey MarTEAni – an inventive cocktail from the mind of Audrey Saunders at Pegu Club. Today I’d like to cover another Pegu Club classic – the French Kiss (gotta love that name!)

The French Kiss uses an interesting liqueur called Pernod. Pernod is a pastis – an anise-flavored aperitif that was created as a substitute for Absinthe in the early 20th century. Pernod can certainly be consumed on its own – though to do so it is usually diluted with water (about 5:1). In mixed cocktails however, it lends a great anise (licorice-like) flavor, which I personally really enjoy. Read More

Tags: cocktail, gin, lime, mint, Pegu Club, Pernod, recipe, simple syrup, sour