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.
What are the "Mad Men" cast members drinking when they're off-set? Which season had the best fashion? Check out the video below:
Michelle Obama snagged her second Vogue cover, photographed by Annie Leibovitz and styled by fashion director Tonne Goodman, this April. FLOTUS wore a blue Reed Krakoff dress (reportedly from her own closet) for the cover and a Michael Kors sweater and ball skirt for interior shots. Michelle was interviewed by magazine contributor Jonathan Van Meter with her husband, President Barack Obama, for the accompanying profile, in which we find out all sorts of details about the White House power couple, including:
-- Barack's "bachelor" pad during his run for Senate: "'It did end up catching on fire,' says the president sheepishly."
-- Their potential weekend plans: "'Saturday night!' says the First Lady. 'The kids are out with their friends. Let’s go party!' 'The Obamas are out in the club again?' says the president, laughing."
-- And, of course, Michelle's influence on Barack's style: "'Michelle’s like Beyoncé in that song,' says the president. ''Let me upgrade ya!' She upgraded me.'"
What do you think of Michelle Obama's Vogue cover?
[Image via AP Photo/Vogue, Annie Leibovitz]
This weekend we will reveal the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians list for 2013. Five of the picks (including Flock owner Dani McDonald, who graces the cover) were unveiled on BostonGlobe.com today and the full list will be available in the Sunday Globe Magazine, Boston.com, and BostonGlobe.com on the 10th.
Every year, the team behind the Style Magazine pinpoint 25 Bostonians who not only look good on a day-to-day basis, but have shaped the world of style and fashion in the city.
But we want to to know: Who you think should make the list for 2014?
Christopher Muther explains how we've picked the list in the past:
Now, we want to know who you think always looks great, who is bringing a fresh take on fashion and style to the city, and who has contributed to beautifying Boston in his/her own special or unique way.
Tell us here.
And here are two Stylish Bostonians who made the list this year... see if you can guess who they are...FULL ENTRY
Abby Larson, founder of Boston-based Style Me Pretty, a wedding blog, hosted an event for Gilt City Boston at GrettaCole in Back Bay last week to chat about her new book and her humble blogging beginnings. Larson founded her well-curated wedding website with her husband and "tech guru," Tait, in 2007 and has grown her readership tenfold, becoming a well-respected resource for all things bridal for the online community. Before she took to the stand to answer questions from an audience brimming with brides-to-be, wedding professionals, and folks that are just fans of the site in general, Larson stepped aside in her sparkly silver pumps to chat with us.
(Psst!: Want to win a copy of Larson's new book, as well as a gift card to GrettaCole? Check out details at the end of this post.)
How do you feel now that book has finally come out?
Relieved! This book was nine months in the making. I compare it to giving birth to my daughter because it's like my baby. I worked morning and night almost to the day of the nine month mark. Then you kiss it up to the editors and there's a pause between when you get the manuscript in and when you see it on the shelves so there's this huge sense of "Ahh! I did it!" I can finally see all that hard work come to fruition.
You were on the forefront of the wedding blogs. You're kind of like the Pioneer Woman of the wedding blogging community.
I would say there were only two or three when I first started and none of them were focusing on the editorial side of weddings. They were focused on the practical, hands-on details of planning a wedding. I thought: why aren't we talking about what's being put in magazines but in an online format. I read Martha Stewart Weddings religiously but there are three months in between issues and typically only six weddings get into each issue so there is all this cutting room floor inventory that is so beautiful you would cry. But there's simply no room in the magazine. So I thought why not take those photos and put them online so brides didn't have to wait at newsstands. That's where we started and eventually readers started sending in photos of their own.
What was the moment that you knew there was a future in your blog?
Well today, wedding blogging is an industry of itself. We got lucky because we got into the community really fast. My husband is in software development and he knew there was value in this before we really started.
Do you have any advice for young bloggers who are frustrated by a lack of readers?
When I started I had three readers: my husband, my mom, and my sister, literally. I remember reading a statistics page of another design blogger who said she had 5,000 page views per month and I remember sitting in my husband saying, “If only I could get to that point.” And now we get 20 million. If you keep writing and putting out really good curated content and people talk, it will develop into something you won't have a lot of control over, but it will grow.
Style Me Pretty is big on promoting vendors with each wedding you feature -- any reason for that?
Every party that I've thrown, I've gone straight to our vendors on our website. That's our goal, we want to highlight local, small vendors that can sit pretty alongside big vendors that are blowing it up and they can share a face and a voice and get fair game in getting their voice out there.
What can a wedding do to catch your eye?
I'm a pink girl. I always gravitate toward corals and pinks so any wedding that comes in with pink hues, I'm much more personally inclined to want to publish it. What I love about weddings now is that people aren't subscribing to any rules anymore. There's a sense of tradition but there's a lot more spunk and personality in colors and moments built into the day. I like weddings that are beautiful but really, really approachable. They're not stuffy or ostentatious.
What is your best tip for brides-to-be?
My favorite tip is to hire a wedding planner, which sounds really cliché, but they will keep you on track and possibly save you thousands upon thousands of dollars in mistakes that women and men make when trying to plan their wedding. Planning is an industry and there's rules and resources that you can leverage if you know how to do it right. Two is to just sit down as a couple and have that date night to figure out what you want from your wedding. It may not be what your mom wants or your grandma wants but you need to figure out what are the most important details to you, as a couple, are -- whether it's the most amazing food ever or a band that only plays a certain type of music. Then budget to make those details sparkle.
Are there any wedding trends that you’re sick of?
It's all about the execution. You can see something so cliché -- cupcakes, the dessert table, ombre -- but if you execute correctly it's no longer a trend: it's a staple. It's a design element that is going to make your wedding look beautiful. It's all about taking those trends and putting your own style stamp on them and making them cohesively fit into your wedding. If you force a trend into your wedding, it's never going to work.
Have you seen any trends from your readers and submissions that are specific to the Boston area?
Boston weddings are different than the rest of the country. They're a little bit more traditional and preppy but the brides tend to have this Kate Spade whimsy about them. It's traditional but with spunk. It's interesting to see how these New England brides execute.
Abby Larson’s book, Style Me Pretty Weddings, published by Potter Style, is now available on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble store locations.
GIVEAWAY: Two winners, selected at random, will receive a $75 gift card to Gretta Cole as well as a signed copy of Style Me Pretty Weddings by Abby Larson. To enter, send an email with subject line “StylePhile” to firstname.lastname@example.org and include your first name, last initial, and telephone number in the body. Two winners will be announced Monday, January 28th at 5 p.m. One entry per person. (Read the official rules.)
Photos: Abby Larson headshot via Kari Herer, wedding photo from Style Me Pretty Weddings via KT Merry.
Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images
The Patriot's QB was revealed as one of the top 20 members of the 2012 edition of Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed List. Tom's placement comes paired with shots in a three-piece Tom Ford at the Audemars Piguet's launch event in March, as well as a close-up of his now infamous "pompa-hawk" at this year's Met Gala. As one of the few athletes with several legitimate ties with the fashion industry, we think the spot was rather justified and an interesting spin on a couple that typically shines a style spotlight on its other half. But maybe we're just biased ...
The list -- released online today -- correlates to a September print edition that features VF's numero uno covergirl: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. While the unspoken agreement that the former Kate Middleton will not do a fashion pub photoshoot remains unbroken, the magazine used a stock image to grace one edition of their issue (number two on their list, Jessica Chastain, covers the second.) Vanity Fair teased online that while the issue will not feature an interview with the Duchess, they got "their friends and those in their orbit talking for a blockbuster piece on Kate’s married life." Juicy details revealed? Will and Kate have marathons with DVD box set nights, recently featuring "The Killing," and the future Queen of England likes to make her own jars of strawberry jams to hand out as holiday gifts. Sweet!
What do you think of this year's list? Anyone left off? Will you buy just for some insider dirt on the secret life of Kate? (We will.)