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29 July 10
TANTRIS SIDECAR
In Imbibe Magazine’s Q & A with political commentator Rachel Maddow (who also happens to be a serious cocktail enthusiast), Maddow said that one of her favorite cocktails is the Tantris Sidecar from New York  City’s Pegu Club. Here’s the recipe.
· 1 1/4 oz. Courvoisier VS Cognac · 1/;2 oz. calvados (fine) · 1/2 oz. Cointreau · 1/2 oz. lemon juice · 1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1) · 1/4 oz. pineapple juice · 1/4 oz. Green Chartreuse
Combine all ingredients in shaker. Shake, strain into cocktail glass rimmed with sugar and garnish with a lemon twist.

TANTRIS SIDECAR

In Imbibe Magazine’s Q & A with political commentator Rachel Maddow (who also happens to be a serious cocktail enthusiast), Maddow said that one of her favorite cocktails is the Tantris Sidecar from New York City’s Pegu Club. Here’s the recipe.

· 1 1/4 oz. Courvoisier VS Cognac
· 1/;2 oz. calvados (fine)
· 1/2 oz. Cointreau
· 1/2 oz. lemon juice
· 1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
· 1/4 oz. pineapple juice
· 1/4 oz. Green Chartreuse

Combine all ingredients in shaker. Shake, strain into cocktail glass rimmed with sugar and garnish with a lemon twist.

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

22 May 10

One of my favorite cocktails is also one of the first I learned how to make properly. Many of Rachel Maddow’s pre-television cocktail lessons are lost now that Air America is defunct and its website has disappeared, and later on I’ll be posting more of them that I happened to save before that happened. But first, thanks to a presentation she gave in Madison, Wisconsin during a live radio broadcast, this particular recipe is easily accessible:

THE GIN SLING

· 1 1/2 oz Gin
· 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
· 1 oz Simple syrup
· 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
· 1 dash Angostura Bitters

Shake and strain all the ingredients into rocks-filled Collins glass and top with seltzer.

Source: The Mic 92.1

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh