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.
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.)