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  1. I haven't had it in my home bar for a while, but a few ways I've enjoyed it: Ephemeral -- 2 oz Old Tom, 1 oz Dolin blanc, barspoon St. Germain, celery bitters, grapefruit peel garnish Elder Fashioned - 2 oz gin (I like better with genever), 1/2 oz St Germain, orange bitters Elder Pal (my own thing that I cooked up when St. Germain was EVERYWHERE) - 1 1/2 oz rye, 3/4 oz Campari, 1/2 oz St Germain
  2. Tough to... source? To drink? To mix? To comprehend?
  3. Fresh batch of Morgenthaler's lime cordial this weekend. Gimlets for everyone! (And to that end, picked up a fresh handle of Beefeater.)
  4. But also, IMHO, owes as much to Buck Henry (RIP).
  5. Italian Job 3/4 oz rum (Smith+Cross) 3/4 oz Aperol (subbed Cappelletti) 3/4 oz Byrrh 3/4 oz Cocchi Americano 2 (or 5) dashes orange bitters This feels like a decent enough idea of a drink but it skews sweet, despite all the bitter components. A drier rum, or heck, even switching out to rye (or hmmm a split base) could be a big help. Otherwise what reads like an aperitif drinks like a night cap. Which, you know, different strokes and all, but left me feeling meh.
  6. Last night, a Maverick 3/4 oz gin (Beefeater) 3/4 oz Aperol (subbed Cappelletti Aperitivo) 3/4 oz sweetened ginger juice 3/4 oz lemon handful mint Shake over ice, double strain into chilled coupe. In the Paper Plane vein of equal parts flavor bombs. Works for me! (For the ginger juice, I rough chop a hand of ginger, measure, then combine ginger with equal volumes of sugar and water, whiz in blender, strain through double-layer of cheesecloth. Makes a simple base for a faux ginger beer when topped with seltzer. And useful for recipes calling for ginger syrup or ging
  7. Last night's tipple, as devised by Leo Robitschek: Bohemia 1 1/2 oz Bols genever 1 oz blanc vermouth 1/2 oz Krogstad aquavit 1/4 oz maraschino Stir over ice; strain; lemon peel garnish. Reallllllly nice martini variation.
  8. Last night, cobbled together an approximation of Amor Y Amargo's (Chris Elford I think?) Sharpie Mustache. 3/4 oz Rittenhouse 3/4 oz Beefeater 3/4 oz Meletti (subbed 1/4 oz Montenegro+1/2 oz Averna) 3/4 oz Bonal 5 drops Bittermens Tiki bitters Stirred with ice, strain into coupe, orange peel garnish. Mmmmmm.
  9. My pleasure! And yeah, isn't it amazing how good it is? Puckeringly sour but held in check by a backbone of bitterness, and sweet but not cloying. Jeffrey Morgenthaler FTW!
  10. That lime cordial is outrageously good. And pretty in-your-face. Even at 2:1 with the likes of Beefeater. But it's sooooo good.
  11. Exactly. I'm super excited from everything I've heard about it. Stay tuned!
  12. I'm waiting for delivery of some citric acid so I can make Jeffrey Morgenthaler's lime cordial for some epic gimlets this weekend.
  13. Very sad. I live half a mile away and really only got there maybe once a year. Glad to have had one last fabulous night of eating and drinking there back in January. But sad that we only did the pig roast once.
  14. Used up some limes last night: Pre-prandial round: Southside 2 oz gin 3/4 oz lime scant 1/2 oz rich simple handful mint leaves Shake with ice, double strain, garnish with a floating mint leaf Good use of my... let's call it interesting gin from Jackson Hole, Absaroka. It's rested twice in whiskey casks, heavy on spice but light on juniper. I suppose it's marketed as a whiskey drinkers gin. As if a whiskey drinker wouldn't have capacity to also be a gin drinker. Ha, I say to you. Ha! Post-prandial round: Bitter Mai Tai 1 oz Campari 1/2 oz Jamaican
  15. Ha. Well, I'll take it. It's a mighty fine drink. (And not to be churlish but... Plattetude.) Late afternoon tipple following the family bike ride in the insane heat: John Collins, using Genevieve genever, from the fine folks at Anchor Distilling. Oh so nice.
  16. Orange bitters, natch. And a big ol' swath of lemon.
  17. Reliving a little Pegu Club nostalgia, I just knocked back a Fitty-Fitty. Equal parts gin martini, cold as you can get it. Lemon twist. And drink it fast. And then have another. (I should have another, right?)
  18. Yeah, sad, but a blessing that he was coaxed into making another album all these decades later. (Which I wish I loved more, but you know, he had a pretty great moment back when.)
  19. As I sit here pretending to focus on some off-hours work efforts, I threw together a lovely scaffa (i.e. room temp) cocktail: The final remaining oz/oz and a half of St. George Terroir Gin, a scant 1/4 oz green Chartreuse and a less-scant dribble of Ferrand dry curacao. Mannnnnnnn that hits some spots.
  20. Ooh. Well, having more than one funky Jamaican rum to choose from is never a bad thing. I will be grabbing up one of those for sure.
  21. I'm getting tons of great ideas, including that one, from Sam Ross's updated "Bartender's Choice" app. I'd gotten the original app a couple years ago ($5 I think?), but the current version (also $5 I think) has a lot of recent stuff from the constellation of Attaboy bartenders (and others). Highly recommended.
  22. Last night, tried a new (to me) low-ABV sipper, Jump the Gun: 1 1/2 oz Cocchi Americano 3/4 oz Jamaican rum (Smith+Cross if you've got it!) 2 dashes Angostura Build in glass with ice. Garnish with lemon. (Honestly, I almost never bothered with citrus peel garnish at home in the Before Times. Now I almost never won't, as long as I'm stocked up.)
  23. Meanwhile, a day later, I did a Rye Smash, roughly equivalent but for the muddling of lemon wedges with the addition of mint. Suuuuuuuperb and perfect for a sultry day.
  24. Followed fast by a Ferrari (because sometimes by the middle of the week, one needs an after dinner drink by 5): 3/4 oz Fernet Branca 3/4 oz Campari pinch salt Neat. (which is to say, no ice. But also, it's neat. Though the Fernet rides roughshod over the Campari, I gotta say.)
  25. Just now, a Negroni per Amor Y Amargo specs, like so: 1 1/2 oz Beefeaters 3/4 oz Carpano Antica (subbed Cocchi Torino) 3/4 oz Campari 2 dashes Angostura Stir 10 times (no more, no less) over ice. Strain into glass with fresh ice. It's good. It's really good. (It's gone.)
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