The Best New Bartender in Town: You

The Best New Bartender in Town: You

Posted on Jun, 04. 2012 by

Categories: Wine

As I’m sure you’ve all surmised, I’m into wine. What you may not know is that I’m also an avid homebrewer and craft beer lover. Over the past few years, though, my quest for complete alcohol-geekdom has brought me into a new realm of drink: the artisan cocktail. Hey now, you’re thinking, you guys can’t sell booze! No, unfortunately, we cannot (yet). But if there’s anything I’ve learned in the past couple years of messing around with cocktails, it’s that the spirits are only half the battle. The rest, well, that comes from creative recipes and excellent supporting ingredients. So, I’m trying something new for today’s email. Below, I have three of my very favorite cocktail recipes, which I will explain in detail, and they each include both the booze (which you can buy at any local ABC store!) and the other stuff, which we can sell you (at the typical Guild discount, of course). So, let’s get to this:

The Mole Manhattan

 

A spicy take on the classic.I use either bourbon (Evan Williams, of course) or rye whiskey as my base spirit; rye is generally not quite as sweet, depending on your mood. For the vermouth, I’m in love with the Vya Rouge, a perfectly balanced, expressive American vermouth; however, for a little more rustic, rooty take on things, an Italian Amaro (in this case, Cardamaro) hits the spot. It’s herbal, funky, and makes for a great variation on the typical savory character of vermouth rouge. Beware, though, as it is also a bit sweeter than the Vya, so you may want to go the rye direction here. Last, but not least, is one of my absolutely favorite new bitters: the Xocolatl Mole bitters from Bittermens. It changes this drink into something extraordinary, something that will turn heads. It is modeled on the traditional cinnamon-chocolate mole sauces of Central America, and those two flavors are the most prevalent. I love cinnamon in my dark-cocktail bitters, and the addition of cocoa into the mix is perfect for this drink. The orange rind also adds a fresh citrus zing that is necessary in a drink with so many brooding flavors floating around, but unlike lemon, it won’t clash with the chocolate notes from the bitters.

  • 2oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey
  • 1oz Vya Rouge Vermouth or Cardamaro
  • 20 drops Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters
  • Orange rind (garnish)

Place ice in a lowball glass. Rub the orange rind around the rim and express it over the ice before adding it to the glass. Add the drops of bitters, then the whiskey and vermouth. Stir gently; enjoy!

The Woodberry Schooner

  

I’m shamelessly lifting this recipe from the cocktail artists at the Columbia Room in D.C.; we recently had our first experience at this backroom mecca, and this drink was certainly one of the highlights. Its base is white/silver Tequila; to that, you add a bit of sweet white vermouth (we’re huge fans of the Dolin Blanc), some lemon juice and simple syrup, and 15-20 drops of Bittermens’ Orchard Street Celery Shrub, which is similar to bitters but with much more herbal, spicy, savory character and less citrus/bitter notes. It’s not for everything or everyone, but I fell in love with it because of this drink. The unmistakable spiciness of the tequila works so well with the citrus and herbal celery, to give you something that is sweet, savory, spicy and downright refreshing.

  • 1oz Tequila silver/white
  • 1oz Dolin Blanc sweet white vermouth
  • <1/2oz Simple Syrup
  • 1/2oz Lemon Juice
  • 15-20 drops Bittermens Orchard Street Celery Shrub
  • Lemon rind (garnish)

Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a mixing glass with ice – if you want more celery character, aim for the high end of the range with the shrub…otherwise, 15 drops should do it. Stir, strain into a cocktail glass, express the lemon rind over the top, and add it to the glass.

La Bicyclette

 

Elderflowers, the chief ingredient in St. Germain liqueur, are hand-picked in the Alps and delivered to market via bicycle every year…hence, the name. If you’ve never had St. Germain, then you’re in for a treat. Its flavor profile is complex and intoxicating, resting somewhere between passionfruit and peach; I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of its possibilities, but the Bicyclette is my favorite so far. It combines the St. Germain with gin, vermouth rouge (the Dolin and Vya versions are both excellent, with the Vya being a more modern, smoother version), and bitters. The original recipe calls for peach bitters – I used Fee Bros. – but the flavor seemed a bit redundant, so I tried Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate (citrates have a sour base rather than a bitter one), and have been very pleased with the results. A perfect summertime pre-dinner refresher!

  • 2oz Gin
  • 3/4oz Dolin or Vya Vermouth rouge
  • 1/2oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Orange Cream Citrate
  • Lemon rind (garnish)

Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in a mixing glass with ice. Stir, strain into a cocktail glass, express the lemon rind over the top, and add it to the glass.

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