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Aug 2, 2014 05:24 PM

Had a couple of delicious cocktails the other day

We were meeting friends for lunch at Goose and Gander in St. Helena, CA. Got there early for a cocktail. I was determined to have something with "brown" liquor in it and knew I needed somebody qualified to make it. Mine was

Bali Spice Old Fashioned ~ 12
St. George Breaking & Entering Bourbon,
Clove, Cinnamon, Star Anise, Orange,

I didn't bug him to death but he does make a simple syrup with the clove, cinnamon and star anise. This was served on the "rock" the "Gourmet" ice cube I referred to in another post. I adored it. I chose it cause I love those three spices especially.

Bob had the

Scarlet Gander ~ 11
Hangar One Buddha’s Hand Citron Vodka,
Lemon, Ginger, Shiso, Galangal, Rhubarb

SO refreshing. THAT was a drink that could get me in trouble cause you don't really think you're drinking :)

I'm just posting this to say thanks for getting me into a "brown" drink. I'll try more.

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  1. They sound good. One of my favorite styles of cocktails to create are Old Fashioneds. I make several fruit and spice syrups to use for them. Sometimes I use one syrup, sometimes two. For a total of .75-1 oz. syrup, plus 2 oz. of spirits, and 2 dashes of bitters
    Stirred, strained into a double O.F. glass over a large cube.

    I've got over 100 recipes, but only really use a few favorites.
    Five Peppercorn syrup- black, white, pink, green, and sichuan (goes great with gin)
    Holiday Spice syrup- cinnamon and cassia, clove, allspice, mace, nutmeg (goes great with cognac, aged rum, and bourbon and rye)
    Fruitcake- dried fruit: apricots, raisins, pineapple, dates, black figs (goes great with cognac, aged rum, and bourbon and rye Also combined with the holiday spice syrup)
    Cardamom syrup- green and black cardamom pods, lightly crushed
    Quince syrup (great with gin, but works great with all brown spirits as well.)
    Gold Velvet Apricot- only available 2-3 weeks each summer, and pricey. Goes great with vodka, and bourbon.)

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    1. re: JMF

      Holey moley, those all sound great! Maybe you should start a thread of (non-proprietary) syrups. I loved it that the bartender had lots of flowers and leaves (I hated to bug him further to name them) that he could add to things.

    2. I was in St. Helena on Friday . . . I'll have to check out the cocktails here on my next visit. (Since I'm in Berkeley, it's pretty easy to get there.)

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      1. re: zin1953

        We were there Tuesday. Have you eaten there? It's QUITE good. The bar is downstairs and that tile on the bar is just stunning.

        1. re: c oliver

          Never been there (they tell me it's nice) . . .

          Having retired from the wine trade, I almost always go up to join friends for dinner, parties, etc., but we'll make it a point of stopping by next time we're there . . .

          1. re: zin1953

            You must having incredible connections :)

      2. I've had the Scarlet Gander and is so good.

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        1. re: Maryelle

          I kept sipping from Bob's :)

          Here's are Serious Eats piece about the bar: