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Cocktail Pairing: Steamed Maine Lobster Dinner

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cacio e pepe Jun 6, 2014 01:19 PM

So I have a large outdoor dinner to attend and I've been asked to pre-mix and bottle a cocktail (or two) for our table. It's a casual affair featuring steamed Maine lobster and ribs (strange pairing I know).

In the past I've made:
Chartreuse swizzle
Vieux Carré
Left Hand (take on a negroni)
Manhattan

I'm good with a repeat, but would love to crowdsource something new from you highly knowledgable and tasteful folk.

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    cubicles RE: cacio e pepe Jun 6, 2014 02:11 PM

    how about a Last Word (gin) or Final Ward (whiskey)?

    equal parts:

    gin/whisky
    green chartreuse
    lime/lemon
    maraschino

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      cacio e pepe RE: cubicles Jun 6, 2014 02:49 PM

      The last word is always a nice drink, and I haven't tried a final word yet. This could be a winner.

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      autumm RE: cacio e pepe Jun 6, 2014 02:30 PM

      I've been loving a rhubarb gin drink. Serves one:

      Equal parts rhubarb vodka and gin
      Juice of half a lime
      Small squeeze of agave nectar
      Shake with ice, then top with club soda.

      I have home infused rhubarb vodka, and I have a rhubarb gin infusing currently for this drink. Or a rhubarb simple syrup would work too. It's my favorite grilling drink

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        cacio e pepe RE: cacio e pepe Jun 6, 2014 02:51 PM

        I've heard lovely things about a Balsa Airplane.
        Evergreen Dan, care to share the recipe?

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          EvergreenDan RE: cacio e pepe Jun 6, 2014 06:00 PM

          Thanks. It's a Paper Plane / Paper Airplane variation with rye, Gran Classico, and Amaro CioCiaro. And lemon of course.

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          www.kindredcocktails.com

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            cacio e pepe RE: EvergreenDan Jun 6, 2014 06:37 PM

            Thanks, Dan. Thanks, chefj.

            Think I'll go with a balsa airplane and an improved brandy cocktail.

        2. chefj RE: cacio e pepe Jun 6, 2014 04:24 PM

          The Chartreuse sounds like an odd pairing with Lobster to me.
          I would look to Cognac/Brandy and /or Pastis/Absinthe
          These come to mind:
          Corps Revive r#2
          Improved Brandy Cocktail
          Death in the Afternoon

          1. JMF RE: cacio e pepe Jun 7, 2014 09:07 AM

            I think the Corpse Reviver No. 2 is a good bet. Very refreshing and the balanced tartness will work well with the richness of the lobster.

            Here's a recipe I like, it's a little bigger than the classic, but the proportions are the same.

            Corpse Reviver No. 2
            1 oz. Tuthilltown Half Moon Orchard gin
            1 oz. Bols triple sec
            1 oz. Lillet Blanc
            1 oz. Lemon juice

            Spray or Rinse a chilled coupe with absinthe or Pernod. Shake ingredients on ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or coupe.

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              cacio e pepe RE: JMF Jun 7, 2014 03:26 PM

              How would you adapt this recipe for a bottled cocktail. The MO is to put a bucket of salted ice in the center of the table and have a few swingtop bottles of pre-made cocktails ready to pour. This is a plastic cup, eat with your hands affair. The spritz of absinthe might be a deal breaker. I *do* love that drink, though.

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                chefj RE: cacio e pepe Jun 7, 2014 03:40 PM

                You can add the Absinthe to the mix. We never spritz ours at home.
                As above the ratio is 1 of each and a dash of Absinthe or Pastis per Cocktail ( Adjustable: we do a couple, love the Absinthe!)

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                  cacio e pepe RE: chefj Jun 7, 2014 04:20 PM

                  I think that'll do nicely. Thanks!

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                    JMF RE: cacio e pepe Jun 7, 2014 04:41 PM

                    Oh, and if you just want to pour it on ice with no shaking, just add 25%-35% water and chill. Then fill small old fashioned glasses with ice and pour.

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                      cacio e pepe RE: JMF Jun 7, 2014 06:14 PM

                      Most definitely. That's what I usually do.

            2. ArchibaldDrinks RE: cacio e pepe Jun 7, 2014 03:14 PM

              What about a Pimm's Cup?

              1. CindyJ RE: cacio e pepe Jun 10, 2014 01:12 PM

                I'd be drinking Prosecco, well-chilled, plain and simple.

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                  cacio e pepe RE: CindyJ Jun 10, 2014 03:34 PM

                  Nothing wrong with that, but not what I'm looking for. Thanks, though.

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