1 1/2 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz 10 yr Tawny Port
1/2 oz Real Grenadine (see below)
Bar spoon of lemon juice (2.5ml)
2 dashes Peychauds Bitters
Stir ingredients for 2 minutes in ice, then strain into a coupe glass that has been pre rinsed in Absinthe.
Garnish: Lemon peel
This is a cocktail I tried on Sunday at the event Art Beyond the Glass (review coming soon), and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was created by Giovanni Martinez in 2009 at The Buffalo Club, Santa Monica and is named after Lake Ponchartrain in New Orleans.
This drink is full of interesting flavors, has a lovely sweetness and the port and bourbon work beautifully together. (The above recipe also works well with Rye Whisky.)
You can currently have it made for you at Sadie in Hollywood, however if you’re feeling adventurous or don’t live near Hollywood, have a go making it yourself!
If you’re going to make the above recipe at home, you can (and should), make the grenadine also. It is fairly easy, and is well worth the extra effort. All you need is good pomegranate juice, sugar and orange blossom water. Making your own will be a vast improvement on any options you can currently buy in the stores, and you will notice when it’s done that it doesn’t have a ghastly bright red color or taste like cherries, like the famous Rose’s version. If you click HERE it will direct you to a pretty easy recipe for home made grenadine. Give it a go, it is well worth the extra steps.
I really enjoy this drink and will certainly be ordering it again when next at Sadie.
JAMESON ALMOND OLD FASHIONED
- 2oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 1/4oz Amaretto / Caramel Liqueur
- 1/4oz Sugar Syrup
- 3 dash orange bitters
Garnish: Orange twist
Stir ingredients with ice cubes for a good 2 minutes. The melting and stirring in of ice cubes is essential to the dilution and taste of the drink.
Serve over 1 large Ice Cube.
St.Patricks Day: Fun Facts
As i’m sure you all know it’s St.Patricks day (AKA St.Pattys Day) this coming week-end, which for many here in the USA is merely an excuse to get drunk and wear green. However, for those of you who don’t know, Saint Patricks Day is a Religious holiday that originated in Dublin, Ireland in the 18th Century and was originally a solemn affair. The Irish Protestant organization ‘The Knights of St. Patrick’ held a parade on 17 March 1783 (March 17 being the date St.Patrick died in AD 461) and the tradition of this holiday being a celebratory occasion has continued ever since in Dublin and across the globe.
Saint Patrick was a Christian Missionary (yes, he was a real person) and a fair time after his death became the patron saint of Ireland. He is said to have used the shamrock, a three-leaved clover, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish, and the wearing and display of shamrocks has become a big feature of the day. In 1903 St.Patricks Day became a public holiday in Ireland. Irish member of Parliament James O’Mara later introduced a law that required pubs and bars be closed on 17 March after drinking got out of hand, (doesn’t surprise me) but this was repealed in the 1970s.
So in between downing pints of Guinness, or doing ‘Irish Car Bomb’ shots this Saturday night I thought you might want to try something slightly different, but still sticking with this Irish theme. What better way to celebrate than with a variation of the classic drink an ‘Old Fashioned’. I like this version of the drink because it is sweeter than a regular Old Fashioned and the almond notes of the Amaretto come through subtly. In truth this recipe (from the Jameson website) may be slightly too sweet for many people, so you can afford to remove the sugar syrup altogether if you find this to be the case.
HAPPY SAINT PATRICKS DAY!!!!