Some of you may forget, but much of my writing still runs in print. Because of the pesky limitations of paper and ink, there are parts of my stories that wind up on the cutting room floor. This is exactly what happened when I wrote a story about the best cocktails to serve when "Mad Men" makes its return. The show resumes in 1968, when cocktail culture was going through a massive shift.
Because of limited space, only a few recipes ran in the newspaper. But through the magic of the interwebs, I'm able to give you additional recipes. Cocktail shakers ready, set, go!
Here are recipes from my favorite local mixologist, Brother Cleve
BLACK BULL (also known a bit later as the Brave Bull)
1.5 oz Tequila (at the time, this would be a gold tequila, in Mexico known as Mixto --neutral grain spirit with some agave spirit contained within)
.75 oz Creme de Cacao
Blend with ice and serve in a rocks glass
1.5 oz Vodka
.5 oz Galliano
3 oz Orange Juice
Fill a tall glass with ice and add vodka and fresh squeezed orange juice. Stir. Float .5 oz of Galliano on the top.
To make this drink as the FREDDIE FUDPUCKER, substitute Blanco/silver tequila for the vodka.
1 oz Galliano
1 oz white Creme de Cacao
1 oz Heavy Cream
Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a cocktail glass
1.5 oz blanco (aka Plata) tequila
3 oz Orange juice
.5 oz Grenadine
Pour tequila and orange juice over ice in a tall glass. Pour grenadine (pomegranite syrup) over the back on a spoon into the glass. Do not stir, as the grenadine will sink to the bottom and then rise slowly. For best results use real pomegranite grenadine syrup)
"Another sweet spirit that got heavily marketed at this time was Amaretto Di Sarona, a liqueur made from infusing neutral grain spirit with apricot pits, which somehow gives it the flavor of almonds. In fact, many people believe it is an almond liqueur. It is not. ( for the record, Creme de Noyeaux is! As is Amandine Liqueur from South Boston's Grand Ten Distilling). This drink is making a comeback today, being served up by top bartenders like Jeffrey Morganthaler (Portland, OR), Jackson Cannon and Josh Chids. Here's my spin on Jeffrey's mix"
1.5 oz Amaretto (DiSaronno or Lazzaroni)
.75 oz cask- strength bourbon (0ver 120 proof, such as Bookers, Willett or Knob Creek reserve)
.75 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz fresh orange juice
1 tsp simple syrup
1 egg white
Dry shake all (w/o ice) then add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into rocks glass
More you say? You're a thirsty bunch today, aren't you? Here's a few from Adam Lantheaume, owner of the Boston Shaker. Oh, and a little reading music.
2.5 oz. Aged Rum (Quality matters here, get something nice that's aged around a dozen years)
3/4 oz. fresh squeeze lime juice (Please not bottled. Get a juicer, get a lime, juice it by hand. It will make you happy)
1.5 oz. 2:1 simple syrup. (read below on syrups)
Pour ingredients into a shaker. Add plenty of ice. Shake with gusto... you really want to knock this guy around. Double strain into a cocktail coupe. If you don't know how to double strain, or what a coupe is swing by the shop and we'll show you. On the other hand, just strain into a cocktail/martini glass and you'll be fine.
Simple Syrup comes in a few styles. Traditionally it's 1:1 or one part water to one part sugar. This recipe does really well with 2:1 or even better with Demerara or Turbinado simple. The richness really sets off against the rum. Plus then you have a delicious syrup for Old Fashions.
VSOP Cognac (Don't break the bank, but get something of decent quality - it's the base of the whole drink)
Cointreau (You can use another type of orange liqueur, but Cointreau is my go-to. That being said, if you don't have any, please still make the drink with another orange liqueur).
Fresh Lemon Juice (same as the Daiquiri. No bottles. Get Lemons and get a squeezer and juice it.)
Holy wars have broken out about the proportions on this one. Get quality ingredients and the rest will likely fall into place. The most common are 3:2:1, 2:1:1 or 1:1:1. So a 3:2:1 would be 1.5 oz Cognac, 1 oz. Cointreau and .5 oz. Lemon Juice (and be boozy and delicious). 1:1:1 would be more tart. Get it?
Add ingredients to a shaker. Add ice. Shake like the dickens. Strain into cocktail glass.
You can go sugar rim on this if you want to be traditional, but likely it's going to end up a sticky mess and if you find a proportion you like you won't need it.
SCOTCH AND SODA
1.5 - 2 oz. Blended Scotch.
3 - 4 oz. Club Soda
Twist of lemon peel
Fill a hi-ball glass with ice. Pour in Blended Scotch. Stir with bar spoon if you have one or your finger if you don't. Carefully, use a vegitable peeler or paring knife to cut a swath of peel off the lemon, trying to get a little pith as possible. Squeeze twist of lemon over drink and rub the yellow side of the peel around the lip of the glass. Drop peel in with attitude.
EXTRA DRY MARTINI
DISCLAIMER: "I'm of the belief that a Martini has gin, vermouth and orange bitters. That being said, I'm also of the belief that you should drink what you like and have no problems with anyone ordering an Extra Dry Martini. Sometimes a glass of chilled gin is exactly what you need.
"So we're talking Mad Men here and therefore we should put a Martini in this list. In the late 1960s cocktails were starting to use less vermouth and the drier you could order your drink the better it sounded. (It isn't.)"
2.5 oz London Dry Gin
.5 oz Dry Vermouth. (Vermouth should be kept in the fridge and goes bad in two to four weeks depending on who you ask. If you've had yours for over a month, buy a new one.)
Garnish - pick one: A Lemon Twist for tradition, olives for a meal, an onion for a Gibson
Take the vermouth and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Turn the glass, tilted on its side, to coat the entire inside of the glass. Discard the excess vermouth into the sink or your mouth, whichever is more convenient. Add gin to your mixing glass, then add ice. Stir with a bar spoon until the gin is cold and the ice has melted a bit. About 20-30 seconds. Strain gin into the coated cocktail glass. Garnish as desired.
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