The Negroni

Posted in Recipes on May 31st, 2011 by Josh

In my last post, I wrote about gin cocktails at Eleven Madison Park. Many of my cocktail friends know that I’m a latecomer to the Negroni, having not been a particular fan of Campari in the past, which is a key ingredient. For whatever reason, it just hasn’t been a good fit with my taste. But to me, the highlight of my afternoon at Eleven Madison Park was the Negroni cocktail, so I thought it would be worth a bit more discussion.

As I started to write about this cocktail, my mind went to that joke about The Aristocrats? Content of the joke aside, the idea is that every comedian has their own version of the joke, and having a version of your own is seen as something of a secret handshake among comedians. I think the Negroni is the Aristocrats of the cocktail world. It’s a perfect template, but everyone has their own version. Read More

Tags: Amor y Amargo, Beefeater, Campari, Carpano Antica, cocktail, eleven madison park, gin, sweet vermouth

The Rolls Royce Cocktail

Posted in Recipes on November 5th, 2010 by Josh

I’ve been meaning to post about this cocktail for quite some time.

Recently, I was at one of my favorite NYC cocktail haunts – the kind where you can entrust your taste to the eminently talented bartender, who will surely not disappoint. I was looking for something in the vein of a Manhattan, but different. What I got, truly to my pleasure, was a Rolls Royce.

There are a few things I love about the Rolls Royce. First, it’s boozy. That just suits my taste. Second, it has Bénédictine in it, which has to be one of the most under-utilized spirits out there. Bénédictine is an herbal liqueur made from 27 plants and spices. Similar in style (though distinctly different), you might compare Bénédictine with Chartreuse, in that it’s herbal, aromatic, somewhat sweet, and a little bit goes a very long way. Read More

Tags: Beefeater, Benedictine, Carpano Antica, cocktail, Dolin, dry vermouth, gin, Punt e Mes, Ransom, sweet vermouth, Vya

Mixology Monday – Black Market Manhattan

Posted in Events, Recipes on August 30th, 2010 by Josh

It’s been a while again, I know. But inspiration strikes, so I follow.

Today’s Mixology Monday is brought to you by one of our favorite people, Lindsey Johnson of Lush Life Productions. For this week’s MxMo, Lindsey has chosen the topic of her own blog, Brown, Bitter & Stirred. The criteria for participating posts? Cocktails that are, well, brown, bitter & stirred (the only criteria Lindsey chooses when ordering cocktails pretty much anywhere she goes.)

For my entry, I’ve chosen to share the Black Market Manhattan. It’s a simple cocktail, but with a twist on the classic recipe that creates some welcome complexity of flavor that’s sure to please. Read More

Tags: angostura bitters, bitter truth aromatic bitters, bourbon, cherry, cocktail, mixology monday, sweet vermouth, tea

Vieux Carre – The Perfect Way to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

Posted in Events, Recipes on February 19th, 2010 by Josh

Earlier this week, I was fortunate to join many of New York’s cocktail twitterati for a celebration of Mardi Gras at one of my favorite new bars, Rye House. At an event hosted by the Time Out Dining & Libation Society, we were lucky to find proprietor and master mixologist Lynette Marrero behind the bar furiously shaking and stirring the classic cocktails of New Orleans, including the Sazarac, the French 75, and my favorite of the evening – the Vieux Carre. Read More

Tags: angostura bitters, Benedictine, cocktail, cognac, Peychaud bitters, rye, sweet vermouth

The Silhouette

Posted in Recipes on May 4th, 2009 by Josh

Ingredients for Silhouette CocktailA little while back, I told you about my trip to Eleven Madison Park and my decision to go with my Bartender’s Choice. That evening, my bartender selected a cocktail for me off the Eleven Madison Park cocktail menu called the Silhouette. I’m so glad I let him choose!

The Silhouette is a Rye-based cocktail, but it has a very light profile compared to straight Rye thanks to the addition of sweet vermouth (Vermouth de Chambery Rouge at EMP) and Aperol, an orange-flavored liquor. That lighter profile makes this cocktail a great place to start for those who aren’t traditionally Rye drinkers, but would like to be (you know you want to!) Read More

Tags: aperol, cocktail, eleven madison park, rye, sweet vermouth

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