Category Archives: Cocktails

Slacking…but back with a vengeance

One of my own creations – a Hanky Panky Photo by me

I have been slacking on posts lately, so it is time to get back in the saddle.

First off, I am going to sing the praises of Bellwoods Social House.
My buddy Arianne Fielder is heading up the bar program, and has an all-star staff on hand.
I have not had food, but I have been in two Fridays in a row for after-work cocktails…and I am impressed.

G and Tea. Photo by Me.

Week 1 I had a G and Tea. (Ford’s Gin, Cocchi Americano, black tea, lemongrass, lemon and thyme)

Week 2 was a Kentucky Sundress. I was a little concerned that it might be a girly drink, but Alyssa and Rebecca convinced me it was basically a Manhattan. Very manly. Made with Woodford Reserve, strawberry and rosemary infused blanc vermouth, St. Germain, and orange bitters (with a green chartreuse rinse).

Next time I am going to try the old fashioned. I just always try to order things in a bar that I do not make at home (and I make a mean old fashioned).

They are also doing a really cool shot program with shots and backs inspired by bars from around Atlanta and across the country.

I have not had food yet, but the staff had a great looking Asian noodle and shrimp salad. They really seemed to like it. Other folks seem to like it quite a bit.

Bandeja paisa from Kiosco in Marietta Photo by Me.

Speaking of food, Linds and I had a date night at Kiosco in Marietta. You can see my plate was full.  I am a sucker for the Bandeja paisa. We also painted ceramics for the kiln. She won the painting contest. Results (with photos) to come in a later blog.

Quick Hits

“I didn’t have buttermilk, so I just poured baking soda into a container of raspberry yogurt. It tasted terrible.”

You’re the Worst. Is the best.

I bet your girlfriend loves the Leftovers?

Lemon Garlic Spatchcocked Chicken

The Good Doctor Cocktail

Momofuku Crack Pie

Cool things on the way in the next month or two:
Sean Brock‘s new book Heritage
Death and Company‘s New Cocktail Book
Justin Townes Earle‘s new album Single Mothers

 

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Tonight’s Libation

This is what I will be drinking this evening:

Smoky Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler From Serious Eats

Smoky Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler

About This Recipe

YIELD: makes 1 cocktail
ACTIVE TIME: 5 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 5 minutes
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT: cocktail shaker
THIS RECIPE APPEARS IN: Drinking in Season: Smoky Iced Tea and Whiskey Cooler

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces brewed Lapsang Souchong tea, chilled
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 ounce Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • Dash Angostura bitters
  • Garnish: Lemon twist

Procedures

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tea, lemon, ginger liqueur, whisky, and bitters. Shake for 12 seconds. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon twist and serve immediately.

Hang over? Fernet about it!

I wonder if I could get my wife to try this…if I didn’t let her know it had Fernet in it.

Recipe:

1 oz. Domaine De Canton
1 oz Fernet Branca*
.5 oz fresh lemon juice
top with ginger beer or club soda (family opinion splits here)

In an ice filled shaker add Domaine De Canton, Fernet Branca and lemon juice. Shake hardily. Pour into a tall ice filled glass and top with the ginger beer or club soda. Garnish with lemon or a fresh mint sprig.

*Play with the measure of Fernet, just a bit will add a lot of flavor to a cocktail.

 

As cocktail enthusiasts you should know by now that writing and research is just an excuse for us to drink and try new cocktails, but like everyone else, the morning after can be tough. While the “hair of the dog” for many people consists of a Bloody Mary or Mimosa, we swear by a combination of the following two ingredients; Fernet Branca and ginger.

Like most cordials, Fernet was originally concocted for medicinal purposes. The combination of headache curing and stomach settling herbs include anise, camomile, cardamom, rhubarb, myrrh and eucalyptus.

It’s no secret that the other component, ginger, is traditionally used for all types of ailments as well. This is where our family differs the most; whether it is Domaine De Canton, ginger ale, ginger syrup or fresh ginger we all agree that the combination of Fernet and ginger is the best remedy for a hangover.

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