White Wine What?

“You know what this would be good with? Campari.”
“Like a kir royale. It’s getting a cherry, if that’s OK with you.”
“Now it needs a rock.”
“It’s missing something, a little heat. Maybe vodka. Or gin!”
“Yeah, gin.”
“Hm, now that I look in the liquor cabinet, how about rum? Smelling them together makes me think this is a good idea.”
“Ok, go for it.”

Surprisingly tasty. Surprisingly beautiful.

1 gl sauvignon blanc
1 Luxardo cherry
Campari to taste (just enough to taste it clearly)
big rock
rum to taste, maybe ½ oz. (I used Mt Gay)

Lion’s Tail

We finally bought a few limes today (89¢ each thanks to the <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/03/26/lime-mexico-high-prices/6914737/"lime shortage, which, according to Rosy is exacerbated by drug cartel warfare) so could make some more proper citrus drinks. We had one of these at Range yesterday and figured with such simple ingredients and its place on the Classics side of the menu we could make one at home. Here’s the slight variation of this recipe that we made. It was delicious, but highlighted the need for us to buy some gomme, or maybe make some ourselves.

2 oz Eagle Rare bourbon
½ oz allspice dram
½ oz fresh lime juice
splash agave nectar
dash Angostura bitters

shaken and served up

Hannah’s Betrayal

a.k.a “Hannah’s Sorrow” or “Hannah’s Woe,” Rosy named this after Mia Farrow’s character in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. Why? It has at least one scene set in Central Park in the fall and I thought the name had to evoke Manhattan in the autumn.

2 oz bourbon (e.g. 1½ oz Rendezvous, ½ oz Four Roses)
½ oz allspice dram
splash Gran Classico
splash Carpano Antica

stir over ice, strain over a big rock

Perfect Perfect Manhattan

The title isn’t a typo, this may be the perfect Perfect Manhattan. At least it would be if I’d remembered what “Perfect Manhattan” actually meant: I thought it referred to the 2-1-2 bourbon-vermouth-Angostura recipe (212 being the area code for Manhattan) but apparently it refers to the 1 being ½ sweet and ½ dry vermouth. Regardless, this is the best 2-1-2 Manhattan I’ve ever had, and it’s a 100% Rocho production. This is also when I found out she’d quietly started drinking my Rendezvous — I’d though it safe since she initially expressed a strong preference for bourbon, but much like her taste in beer her taste for rye (or at least for rye Manhattans) is evolving.

2 oz Rendezvous Rye
1 oz Carpano Antica
2 d Angostura Bitters

Stir on ice, strain over a big rock.

Maitiki

Getting a bottle of allspice dram was exciting. What could we do with it? We don’t have anything like a full bar so it’s hard to just look up “tiki drink” and be able to make what you find. There’s a lot of interpretation and experimentation.

The name is atrocious but the drink delicious. I welcome suggestions for a better name, since this one is just a stupid pun on “my tiki drink” and “mai-tai” though it has nothing to do with a mai-tai.

2 oz Mt Gay Rum
¾ oz allspice dram
¼ oz Carpano Antica
⅛ oz agave nectar
½ Meyer lemon

Combine (squeeze and include lemon) in shaker. Serve over crushed ice.