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Jan 1, 2011 10:10 AM

Have anything interesting for New Year's Eve?

My wife had a fine Rye Smash and I a simple Campari / rocks at Stephanie's in Boston. Impromptu early meal -- the last walk-in seated that night. Maybe the good luck will hold out all year.

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  1. Hung out at home, ordered Chinese, and tried various cocktails with cava in conjunction with ROOT, which I finally managed to get a bottle of last month after two years of begging and pleading with various PA residents to send me some. Alas, none of the cocktails were especially successful. I think the ROOT mixes best with whiskey, applejack, and other brown liquors. The best match for the cava was a splash of Benedictine.

    Happy 2011!

    5 Replies
    1. re: davis_sq_pro

      Trade for Centerbe? ;-)

      Seems like the obvious thing to try would be a Jack and Coke made with Root and some sort of whiskey. Is it sweet? What's it like?

      1. re: EvergreenDan

        Trade? We might be able to work something out :-) ... however, I just noticed that Shopper's Vineyard has it. They will ship to MA (thanks to Striperguy for cluing me in on that in some post during the course of 2010) -- so perhaps a trade is not necessary. I highly recommend getting your own bottle.

        Root definitely tastes like root beer or birch beer, but in a grown up, complex and spicy sort of way. Being a liqueur it's certainly on the sweet side. But the other day I used the basic sidecar formula, subbing Root for the orange liqueur and apple brandy for the cognac, and the resultant drink was far too tart until I dosed it with some simple syrup; so it seems to be much drier than many other liqueurs -- a very good thing in my opinion.

        By the way, I also received two bottles of the company's newer product, "Snap," and I think that one might be a better candidate for trade. Much like you've described with the Centerbe, it's something I'm glad I sampled once, and now I'm not sure what to do with the remaining 1.25 liters in my possession...

      2. re: davis_sq_pro

        I came up with a drink last night based on a drink that called for root beer using Root liqueur instead.
        I was really happy with it.

        11/2 oz white dog whiskey (used house spirits)
        1/2 oz mezcal (used vida)
        1/2 oz dolin bianco
        1/4 oz luxardo amaro abano
        1/4 oz root
        stirred and up
        I don't know what to call it.

        1. re: pb n foie

          My head is spinning trying to mentally sip this. Alas, I've never seen Root in MA. Re names: remember the last time you didn't name your creation, it became my Lead and Liver. ;-)


          1. re: EvergreenDan

            Yeah, it looks like it might not work. It really does though and it was very well balanced! We can get Root right now in Oregon, but I had to buy it from HiTimeWine before it was available. I am gonna call it Make Mine Malted.

      3. We split a bottle of an icewine at midnight, but today once the hoppin' john, mustard greens and cornbread were on, I sat myself down with just about as old-school a cocktail as one can have: two fingers of Old Overholt, three shakes of Angostura, and a can of plain Polar seltzer in a pint glass.

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