For those of you who like bitters, I would like to introduce you to a new bitter on the market. It is the Orleans Bitter from Eden Ice Cider of Vermont. The Orleans has the bitterness you expect from this kind of aperitif, but it also has a different and lovely underlying note of apple from the cider that serves as its base. It is lovely sipped alone, on the rocks, but it also pairs quite nicely with rye.
We have a recipe in one of our vintage cocktail books called The Soother, a rum and cognac based drink that calls for a bit of apple juice. This drink got me thinking about adding cider to cocktails; cider got me thinking about the Orleans Bitter, and from there, the Northern Spy was born. Continue reading →
What better time to discover a new cocktail than on Friday? Just a little something to carry you into the weekend. Since it’s November, and the weather has finally turned chilly, it’s time to break out the brown liquor. Let’s hear it for Cognac! Probably a nice platter of cheese and patê is in order as well.
Makes 1 Drink
2 oz Cognac
1/3 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill with ice. Shake thoroughly and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a real Maraschino cherry.
This will set you up for a great weekend.
The other day, while looking for something a little different to mix up, I came across “The Secret Cocktail” in our Classic Cocktails book. Secret? Well, I’m intrigued. Tell me more.
Now, this is not the real name of this drink, as the description in our book was quick to point out. However, because of its true identity, many people tend to shy away from the drink, despite its excellent flavor. The thing is, the name is a bit of a misnomer, because this drink is anything but ‘girly’ – it is in face quite strong. So brace yourselves for the original…
It’s been really hot here, which of course means we’ve been drinking lots of cold cocktails. One of my favorite drinks is a Sidecar – cognac, bourbon, or rye depending on my mood. Now, it’s not the summeriest of drinks, but it is refreshing, and as we ran out of gin last night I decided to experiment with the bottle of dried lavender buds we just got at Penzey’s Spices. The result? A very tasty Lavender Sidecar. Still searching for a good name. Any suggestions?