2oz Rye Whisky (Templeton Rye)
1/2oz Amaro Meletti
1/2oz Organic Grade B Maple Syrup
3/4oz Lemon juice
1 Egg white
Shake once without ice, then shake with ice and strain in to a glass.
Garnish: Sprinkle of pumpkin spice (available at Whole Foods)
I can’t believe it, but it’s already that time again. ‘Fall’, ‘Autumn’, ‘The Golden Season’..whatever you want to call it, it’s here! It’s not so visually obvious in Los Angeles of course, seeing as we really don’t get a seasonal change with the leaves here, but at the end of October there is a definite change in the air. Girls start wearing boots and scarves, snuggling by the fire sounds like fun and everywhere starts to smell like pumpkin spice and cinnamon!
This drink of the week is one of my new favorites, because it’s got that ‘Whisky sour vibe’ with a suitable Autumnal twist. The Pumpkin spice and maple syrup give it just the right feeling for the season, without being over bearing. I have to say, I am the brilliant mind who came up with the name for this drink haha but the drink honestly tastes amazing too. The Amaro gives a hint of saffron that balances out the sweet and the egg white gives the fluffy texture I always enjoy in sours.
It is currently on the drink list at both locations for Hostaria Del Piccolo and was created by their beverage director Greg Bryson.
- 1 oz Rye Whisk(e)y
- 1oz Cognac
- 1oz Sweet Vermouth
- 1/2 tsp Benedictine
- 1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
- 1 dash Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Lemon Twist (although I prefer a cherry!)
Stir ingredients in ice for 2 minutes, then strain in to an ice filled Old Fashioned glass.
As the majority of the Worlds’ cocktail community prepares to head to the sticky humidity of Louisiana next week, I thought I should put up a good old New Orleans classic. I like this drink because it’s very strong and aromatic but still really smooth when made properly.
New Orleans was founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, and the city itself was originally centered around the French Quarter, or the Vieux Carré (which means “Old Square” in French). The drink is named after this famous region, which is a hot spot for tourists and the location of almost all the action at TOTC-Tales of the Cocktail.
The drink was invented in the early 1930’s by Walter Bergeron, although it wasn’t seen in writing until the book ‘Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em’ was printed in 1937. It is said to have been created at the famous Carousel Bar inside the Hotel Monteleone.
The Carousel Bar was one of my favorite bars in NOLA, because of its very unique ‘moving’ feature. The bar seating is on an actual carousel that very slowly rotates around the central bar (one turn takes approx. 15mins), at first it’s a little strange to see the room spinning around you but to be honest it really just adds to the overall feeling of disorientation one usually feels on a trip to New Orleans!
If you enjoy a nice stiff drink I highly recommend giving this classic a try, and for those of you going to Tales of the Cocktail next week I suggest ordering a Vieux Carré at the bar where it was first created. Enjoy!