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3 July 10

Cocktails with James

literarybond:

Negroni: from Risico

  • One part gin
  • One part sweet vermouth
  • One part bitters

Stir into old fashioned glass over ice, garnish with orange peel.

Vesper: from Casino Royale

  • Three parts gin
  • One part vodka
  • Half part Kina Lillet

Shake until ice cold, serve in deep champagne goblet with thin slice of lemon

Vodka Martini: from Doctor No

  • 6 parts vodka
  • 1 part dry vermouth

Shake with ice, strain into martini glass. Garnish with a twist of lemon unless you’re drinking with Felix Leiter, in which case an olive is permissible.

Stinger: from Diamonds are Forever

  • 3 parts brandy
  • 1 part creme de menthe

Serve on the rocks in a rocks glass or mix and strain into a cocktail glass.

Boilermaker: from The Living Daylights

  • Shot of whisky, tequila or vodka (Bond uses schnapps in a pinch)
  • Glass of beer

The shot is dropped into the beer and drunk quickly.

Princess Alexandra: from Risico

  • 1.5 parts vodka
  • 1 part half and half
  • 1 part white creme de cacao

Shake with cracked ice, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with nutmeg.

Old Fashioned: - from Thunderball, Live and Let Die

  • 4 parts bourbon, scotch or rye
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 1 splash soda water

Put cube in old fashioned glass, soak with bitters. Add soda water, muddle until dissolved. Fill glass with ice cubes, add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, lemon twist and two maraschino cherries.

Americano: from From Russia with Love, Casino Royale

  • 1 part Campari
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • dash club soda

Shake together then pour over ice into Collins glass. Garnish with orange slice, lemon peel.

9 June 10

It’s not every day that I open one of the free papers during my morning commute and discover an article I want to save beyond the end of my evening trip back home.  But this past week I was flipping through AM New York and came upon an article about summer cocktails that included three recipes that are (for the most part) simple and sound delicious.  (The rest of the article was about the high-tech shenanigans of chefs at the French Culinary Institute, for anyone interested.)  All three use Maker’s Mark, which I happen to agree is a great choice for cocktails during the hot months.   Also the cold ones!

HARNEY’S DARJEELING TEA COCKTAIL

· 4 oz brewed Darjeeling Tea
· 3 oz Maker’s Mark
· 1/2 oz Fresh squeezed lemon juice
· 3/4 oz Simple syrup
· Salt for taste

In a shaker, mix tea, Maker’s Mark, lemon, simple syrup, and salt with ice. Shake, strain and serve in a frappé or absinthe glass (or something similarly shaped). Garnish with a lemon peel.

STRAWBERRY COCKTAIL

· 5 oz Frozen strawberries
· 4 oz Maker’s Mark
· 1 oz. Simple syrup
· 1 oz. Lime juice
· Salt to taste

In a blender, add Maker’s Mark, simple syrup, lime and salt. Add frozen strawberries last (they act as ice cubes to chill the drink). Blend. Strain and serve again in something like a frappé or absinthe glass. Garnish with a lime.

BOURBON PECAN SOUR

· 2 oz Maker’s Mark
· 1 1/2 oz Pecan syrup (see below)
· 1/2 oz Lemon juice
· 1/2 oz Simple syrup (optional – it will sweeten the drink considerably)
· Pinch of salt

In a mixer, combine Maker’s Mark, pecan syrup, lemon juice, simple syrup if using and pinch of salt with ice. Shake, strain and serve in a martini glass.

PECAN SYRUP

· 200 grams water
· 3 grams TIC Pretested Ticaloid 210S (ticgums.com is a good place to find it)
· 130 grams pecan oil
· 200 grams sugar

Hydrate the Ticaloid 210S in the allspice-infused water with a hand blender. Add pecan oil and blend till smooth. Add sugar and blend till smooth. This syrup can be stored until needed. It will separate over time, but can be stirred back together by hand.

Source: AM New York

4 June 10

The Belmont Stakes

Tomorrow is the last of the Triple Crown races this year, and while I’m not much of a horseracing fan I am a big fan of racing-inspired cocktails.  While it may not be as famous a collaboration as the Kentucky Derby/Mint Julep, the Belmont Stakes actually has an official Dale DeGroff-created cocktail that debuted in 1998.  Before that, they had a different official cocktail called the White Carnation, which I believe was meant to match the race’s official flower and trophy. Dale’s cocktail sounds much better to me, but I believe I am honor-bound to attempt both tomorrow even if I never actually watch the race itself! Or maybe especially then.

BELMONT BREEZE

· 1 1/2 oz. Makers Mark Bourbon
· 1/2 oz. Dry Sack Sherry
· 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
· 1/2 oz. simple syrup
· Splash fresh orange juice
· Splash cranberry juice
· 5 mint leaves
· 1 mint sprig
· 1 orange zest

Assemble the first six ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with orange peel and mint sprig.

Source: Dale DeGroff

THE WHITE CARNATION

· 2 oz. Vodka
· 1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps
· 2 oz. Orange Juice
· Soda
· Cream

Stir liquors and soda together and pour over ice in a highball glass. Splash cream over top then garnish with an orange slice.

Source: Webtender

Finally, I’m not sure this one has anything to do with the race, but if you want a third option here is another cocktail that technically has “Belmont” in its name:

155 BELMONT

· 1 shot Dark rum
· 2 shots Light rum
· 1 shot Vodka
· 1 shot Orange juice

Blend with ice. Serve in a wine glass. Garnish with carrot.

Source: Webtender

30 May 10
Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh