Oct 292010

This is a nice variation on the Manhattan from Dale DeGroff’s The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks. Gary Regan had a background write up of this recipe as well.

It takes a couple special ingredients – ginger liqueur, the best marketed brand right now is Domaine de Canton, and dry sake. Duke has used some Domaine de Canton in a previous recipe, and it was his bar that was raided to for this purpose…

2.5 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
0.5 oz dry sake
2 dashes orange bitters (Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6)
Flamed orange peel for garnish

Stir over ice 30 seconds or so, strain into chilled cocktail glass.

I’d recommend a smokier bourbon for this – Maker’s Mark or Knob Creek would make it too sweet. I’d go for Bulleit or Buffalo Trace. It’s a very complicated, balanced drink with the ginger and the orange and the sake. Both warm and crisp at the same time. Great for a late evening.

Oct 062010

This come from Char No. 4 in Brooklyn. If you want to see an awkward video about it, you can go here or here.

If you just want the recipe, here:

1.5 oz Bourbon (something strong & smokey – like Buffalo Trace)
0.5 oz maple syrup (grade B, for fuller flavor)
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
a little ginger beer or ginger ale

Shake the first three ingredients with ice. Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice in it. Top with ginger beer.

I’ve been using a strong ginger beer – Fever Tree brand – which is quite ginger-y. So go easy on that, maybe 1/4 of an ounce or 1/2 at most.

It’s an interesting balance – the lime bitterness cuts through the maple syrup sweetness, and they neutralize each other’s main aspect, but the citrus and smokiness of the syrup are still there, and they go well with a bourbon that’s aggressive enough to make its presence known.

Surprisingly, the Trophy Wife kinda liked this one, even though she drinks very little of the browns (except for the occasional sidecar).

Ginger ale will make it more of a spritzer for a hot day, but the bourbon/lime/maple syrup flavors should hold up okay.

I’m really liking this for a Bay Area autumn day, when it’s kinda warm, but kinda chilly, and can’t make up its mind.