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Rosemary-Ginger Cocktail

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 in Drink This, Recipes | 1 comment

1.5 oz vodka .25 oz ginger liqueur (see note) 1 lemon wedge Sprig of rosemary   For the most rosemary-ish possible cocktail, pour the vodka into a cocktail shaker and muddle (crush) the rosemary, then cap it and let it sit for an hour or two.  This only works if you start early, so otherwise, combine the vodka, ginger liqueur, juice from the lemon wedge, and most of the rosemary in a cocktail shaker, muddle, shake vigorously over ice, and strain into a cocktail glass using a fine mesh strainer to keep out the herbal bits.  Garnish with the rest of the rosemary sprig.  (Note: Add more...

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The Aviation

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 in Drink This, Recipes | Comments Off on The Aviation

RECIPE:  The Aviation   1.5 oz gin  (I like St. George’s Botanivore in this one) .5 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur .5 oz Crème de violette .5 oz fresh lemon juice 1 violet blossom for garnish   Shake over ice and serve in a cocktail glass. Some versions of this recipe call for less crème de violette or less lemon juice; adjust the proportions to your liking. If you don’t have a violet for a garnish, a pansy or Johnny jump-up would be a botanically appropriate...

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Election Night Cocktails

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 in Drink This | Comments Off on Election Night Cocktails

So I’m planning my election night victory party, and the first question, of course, is what to drink.  The first thing I’m doing is to abandon the whole red state/blue state thing–there are far too many fine red cocktails, and practically no good blue ones–and besides, if Wikipedia is to be believed, the current red/blue distinction has no basis in history prior to the 2000 election.  So let’s scrap that and look for cocktails with election night-themed names instead. If you’re planning to cheer your guy on to victory, you’ll definitely want to make...

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Enough Already

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 in Drink This, Recipes | 1 comment

Here’s what I’ve been drinking this summer. I don’t know if this drink has a name; it’s just something I mixed up one night when I wanted something a bit drier than Lillet but not quite as strong as a Martini. It contains several dozen herbs, spices, and fruits, all blended together in complicated infusions and extractions on strange equipment in a foreign land–but all you have to do is buy two bottles and mix them together. The Lillet will keep about a month in the fridge after you open it, and if you can’t get G’vine (a lovely French gin made from a grape spirit similar to...

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A Lemon Drop Done Right

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 in Drink This, Recipes | Comments Off on A Lemon Drop Done Right

Meyer Lemon Drop   I approve of Lemon Drops only when the vodka is infused with real fruit, not “natural flavors,” and only when you float a little bubbly on top to knock back the sweetness. I’m not a fan of the sugar rim, but if you want to do it, run a lemon wedge around the rim of a chilled martini glass, then dip the rim in sugar.   1.5 oz Hangar One Citron ‘Buddha’s Hand’ or Mandarin Blossom Vodka .5 oz Cointreau .5 oz Meyer lemon juice Splash of sparkling wine 1 thin lemon slice 1 pansy with a small bit of stem attached. Optional sugar for rim   Do the...

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The Pineapple Express

Posted on Oct 22, 2011 in Drink This, Recipes | Comments Off on The Pineapple Express

This recipe was served by the nice people at Combier in New Orleans this summer when I gave a talk about The Drunken Botanist (the book, that is—it’ll be out next March.)  We called it The Drunken Botanist that day, but it normally goes by the name Pineapple Express.  There is one new and unusual ingredient here:  Combier Kummel, a modern version of a traditional caraway, cumin, and fennel-flavored herbal liqueur.  If you don’t have kummel and can’t get it, I’ll let you in on a little secret:  tequila and pineapple are amazing together.  Get some pineapple juice and a good...

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