It was a few minutes before five and there was an open seat at the bar. He hated sitting at a table so the tall vacant chair was a welcome sight. The seat had held his weight many times before.
A round leather circle slid across the marble toward him. The affable bartender pinned the coaster to the surface with a glass of . . .
The home bar trifecta
To cut to the chase, I am talking about making the bedrock of your home bar a bases-loaded collection of gin, whiskey and white wine.
Shaken or Stirred
I use my blog as a personal Rolodex and journal for cocktails. I am constantly looking up things I have written to double check myself. It is easier than carrying a book around. I have also tweaked recipes after doing this for so long to dial them in exactly how I like them. The days of the "two-three . . .
and don't forget the Gin Buck
With Baseball season right around the corner pull out a collins glass and let's run through the best day game companion save for light beer and sunflower seeds. This long drink at its simplest is gin with sparkling lemonade. Of course, the Old Tom Collins should be made with Old Tom gin but I assure you that a standard London . . .
From Rangoon to NYC
This drink dates way back to 1920 and hails from a private British officers club of that name that was located in city of Rangoon (now Yangon) in Burma (now Myanmar). The club was for men only and about 40 years after its erection (budumcha!) introduced the Pegu Cocktail named after the Pegu River. If I am wrong on that . . .
FYI: I drink it over ice
When I think brunch I think of course about le Canon de 75 modèle 1897. Don't you? I also think about how long the line is going to be over at Lula Cafe on a Saturday morning. After mulling it over and deciding to stay home I make sure have eggs, bacon, and a bottle of bubbles in the fridge. I put on my favorite French . . .
If you don't have the patience to make a Tom Collins try it's much drier sibling. The classic Japanese jinrickusha (or rickshaw as we know it today) is about as easy as it gets to make at home. Little gin, little lime, a little fizz. One of my favorites for a hot day or for cooking in the kitchen. Different gins . . .