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Drink of the Week

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  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 1/2oz Lemon
  • 3/4oz Honey
  • Boiling hot water
  • 3 Cloves

Garnish: Lemon Wedge

You must put in the spirits before the hot water, then stir with a spoon. Use a Toddy glass if you have one.

It is officially flu season, and sadly today I am writing this post from the comfort of my bed with a horrible sore throat and a stuffy nose! HOWEVER a silver lining can be found in the above drink which is great when you’re feeling a little under the weather.

Honey and lemon are very soothing for a sore throat, and the alcohol will kill some of those germs…even if I just made all that up, the drink tastes great and you will at least feel better from drinking it!

The original recipe of a toddy calls for Brandy as the base, however Bourbon has become a popular alternative and American standard for the recipe. It is a really old drink so the origins are complicated and a little unclear, however Jerry Thomas writes about the Brandy Toddy and Whiskey Toddy in his book “How to mix drinks or the Bon-Vivant’s companion”  1862.

The Brandy Toddy being the one described with hot water, the Whiskey toddy says to use ice. I personally like using Whiskey in a hot toddy, although it is unclear why Jerry Thomas favored Brandy as the base for the hot version.  A Whiskey toddy is mentioned in Charles Dickens first book ‘The pickwick papers” which was written in 1867, so we know the late 1800s saw it as a fairly popular drink for cold nights.

Just so you know, a Toddy glass is a heat resistant glass mug that is perfect for Irish coffees as well as Toddy’s.  It is always a good idea to warm the glass before pouring in the boiling liquid, to prevent any risk of cracking.   If you don’t have a toddy mug in your collection, I recommend getting one because they are always useful to have around for hot drinks.

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Drink of the Week

Jack Rose

  • 2oz AppleJack Brandy
  • 3/4oz Fresh Lime juice (or Lemon juice)
  • 3/4oz Real Grenadine

Garnish: Lime or Lemon (depending on juice chosen)

Please Note: The photo above has been borrowed from YMN, and was not taken by myself.  It was the best looking image of the Jack Rose I could find.

This is such a simple drink to make at home, and such a great option for Fall.  I have been thinking about Autumnal drinks all week, and will be posting several more as my favorite bartenders roll out their fall cocktail menus.  The Jack Rose is a classic from the 1920s, we know it dates back at least this far because in Ernest Hemingway‘s 1926 classic, The Sun Also Rises, the narrator Jake drinks a Jack Rose in the Crillon Paris hotel bar.

As with many of the drinks I learn about, this too has many theories and stories of it’s origin. There are a slew of ideas that relate to it’s name, some say it is named after Gambler Bald Jack Rose, others suggested that the name was invented by Joseph P. Rose, a  New Jersey restaurateur with the nickname Jack, who once held the title of “World’s Champion Mixologist.”

There are other theories, although Wikipedia (of all places) suggests the most likely explanation of the name is the fact that it is made with applejack and is rose colored from the grenadine. This makes the most sense to me, maybe there is no dramatic reason for it’s name at all…perhaps people get so caught up in the stories they can’t see the wood for the trees!

My boyfriend just informed me that there is also a genre of drink called the ‘Rose’ which is simply a Sour with grenadine, there is a Tequila Rose, A Rye rose etc. and this drink is a an Applejack rose! The same still applies though, the drink is rose colored from the grenadine.

This is a very tasty drink with apple notes that come through from the apple brandy. I suggest using Lairds Bonded Applejack if you can get it, it works the best for me and under no circumstances use a fake grenadine like Rose’s, it will ruin the flavor profile. Take the time to make your own grenadine (pomegranate juice to equal parts sugar and a dash orange blossom water) you won’t regret it!

The Jack Rose itself is a benchmark brandy drink because of how well it pairs with the citrus and grenadine.  There is some debate as to whether it is supposed to be with lemon or lime juice, I personally prefer it with lemon but my boyfriend says lime juice works better. To each his own!

The drink is mildly sweet, strong and perfect for the Fall season we’re now in. Give it a go!

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Drink of the Week

Between the sheets

  • 1 oz Rum
  • 1 oz Brandy
  • 3/4oz Cointreau
  • 3/4oz Lemon Juice

Garnish: Lemon Twist

Shake and strain in to a Martini glass.

I love the name of this drink just as much as I enjoy the flavors.  It’s basically a Side Car with the addition of Rum, which is probably why I prefer this version.  It is a very easy-to-drink, balanced and tasty beverage.

I had assumed this drink was a pretty recent creation, but from what i’ve been able to find out it was actually invented by Harry MacElhone, bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, in the 1930’s.  There is some debate that it originated before this in 1920s London, but the name ‘Between the sheets’ appears first in the Paris bar, so this is the one i’m sticking with! If someone believes this to be incorrect, please get in touch because i’d be interested to hear other thoughts on the matter…this is one of the first drinks i’ve tried to research and not been able to find that much information on.

Anyway, this is certainly a strong (has 3 different liquors) but refreshing option for hot summer days. As the heat wave continues here in Los Angeles I will continue to order this until the Autumn arrives! 🙂

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Drink of the Week

Mint Julep (Jerry Thomas Recipe)

4oz Cognac
1 tbl Sugar
1 tbl Water
2 Sprigs of Mint
FIll with crushed ice. Serve in a Julep Cup

Garnish: Mint sprigs

The weather here in Los Angeles has been gorgeous this week and makes me feel the need to put up a nice Spring drink. The Kentucky Derby last Saturday had people drinking this all across the country, however most people think the original recipe uses Bourbon as the base.

The recipe above is from the classic book How to mix drinks by Jerry Thomas, published in 1862. The Whiskey recipe, as most bartenders know it today, is also listed in Thomas’ book however it comes under the title of a ‘Whiskey Julep’ instead.  According to Jerry Thomas this is an American drink that was introduced to England by Captain Marryatt.

In my opinion this drink is like an ‘adult slushy’ due to the copious amounts of ice and how  sweet and refreshing the drink is.  It is a member of the ‘Smash’ family, which are a genre of drinks served over crushed ice and is supposed to be served in a julep cup (a metal cup made of silver or pewter), designed to keep the drink icy cold.

The picture Jerry Thomas drew of a julep in his book shows an extravagant garnish, which I believe to be an important part of the drink and makes every sip smell of minty freshness. A perfect choice for a hot sunny day.

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Drink of the Week

Spring Tax Back

2oz Brandy
3/4oz Apple juice (fresh pressed)
1/4oz Lemon Juice
1 tbsp Honey Apple Butter (Trader Joes)
 
Shake and serve over crushed ice in round goblet
Garnish: Green Apple Peel twist
 

Seeing as my boyfriends punch was such a huge success last week (thank you to all those who wrote me messages and re-blogged the drink) I decided this week I would ask him to create me another drink, this time with Tax season as the theme.  He played with a few ideas, green chartruese came in to discussion a few times (he wanted the drink to be Green; the color of money!)  After much deliberation and tasting, this was the recipe that worked the best.

It’s a great, slightly sweet ‘Spring time’ drink that utilizes the refreshing citric flavors of apple and lemon.  The brandy works nicely with the sweetness of the apple, and the crushed ice makes it almost like a slushy…great for the Summer months around the corner.  The Apple Butter that we used in this recipe is available at Trader Joes, however it is basically blended apple,honey and sugar so theoretically you could make it yourself if you don’t have access to the brand. The above is the final recipe created by Greg Bryson AKA FutureGreg. Taxes are usually due on April 15th, but seeing as that fell on a Sunday this year you have until April 17th to file.

Enjoy your ‘Spring Tax Back’ whilst you wait for Uncle Sam to send your refund! 🙂

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Brandy Alexander

1oz Brandy
1oz Crème de cacao 
1oz Cream (Heavy cream)

Garnish: Grated nutmeg on top

Shake in ice and strain in to a Cocktail glass

 

This coming week-end is Easter Sunday so I thought it would be fun to put up a chocolate inspired drink.  This is a delicious dessert drink that tastes creamy, strong and yes, chocolatey. The nutmeg garnish is optional, but gives a nice aroma.

The Brandy Alexander is a variation of an earlier drink called simply ‘Alexander’, the difference being Gin instead of Brandy.   Both versions are classics that date back to the early 20th Century and are a great alternative to offer someone who would usually order a ‘Chocolate Martini’.

The recipe calls for Creme de Cacao, which for those of you who haven’t had it, is a chocolate flavored liqueur.  Marie Brizard Creme de Cocoa Brown is the one I would personally recommend, and using a premium Brandy will help this drink tastes its best too.

Don’t wait on the Easter bunny if you want to indulge in some chocolatey goodness this week-end, instead go order yourself this yummy after dinner drink or use the recipe above to make it at home.

Happy Easter and Passover everyone!

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