Recipes from the Lab

Death in the Gulf Stream

Legend has it that the Death In the Gulf Stream cocktail was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite drinks. The drink first appeared in Charles Baker's Gentleman's Companion. The description of the drink in Baker's book is brilliant:

Take a tall thin water tumbler and fill it with finely cracked ice. Lace this broken debris with 4 good purple splashes of Angostura, add the juice and crushed peel of 1 green lime, and fill the glass almost full with Holland gin... 

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The Obrigado Cocktail

An infused ice ball cocktail recipe. It takes 24 hours of prep, but it's worth it. "Obrigado" is Portuguese for "Thank you", and we are ready for spring to arrive, so we created this to say "thanks, winter, it's been great but we need some spring time already." And springtime in Brazil is pretty great...as long as you stick to the coastal beach areas like Rio and São Paulo is nice too.

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Ice Ball Review - Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

Today, we're reviewing one of our favorite oaky bourbons from Woodford Reserve. As far a Kentucky Straight bourbons go, Woodford Reserve is about as Kentucky as bourbons get. Woodford Reserve has been the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby since 1996, and it even produces a limited-edition bottle each year specifically for the horserace.

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Ice Ball Review - Gran Patrón Burdeos Añejo Tequila

Tequila is one of those things that people love or hate, the latter sentiment usually stems from some reaction to over-indulgent college experiences they would love to forget. Bad tequila has also made people very wary of this complex and flavorful spirit.

People sometimes complain of the smoky agave characteristics and sharp finish.  For some, tequila is enjoyed as an ingredient in the famous “Margarita”, while other times, people think of “shots” of tequila, followed by grimacing and chasing it with lime or a beer. 

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Old Fashioned with Bitters Ice Ball

One of our favorite old(est) school cocktails is the Old Fashioned. We have posted several recipes and there are dozens of variations. Hailing from the late 1800’s, it was the first drink actually referred to as a “cocktail.” Traditionally made with bourbon, this cocktail is actually quite simple to make. We have experimented with other types of whiskey, such as rye, but also rum, and in certain parts of the USA, an Old Fashioned is even made with brandy, instead of whiskey. 

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New York Cocktail with Real Grenadine Ice Ball

The classic New York Cocktail is made with a heavy hand of grenadine, which can sometimes make it a little too sweet for some tastes. By adding the grenadine directly to the ice ball, the sweetness is slowly released into the cocktail as it is enjoyed. We make the change even better by using Real Grenadine, which is made from Pomegranate juice and orange blossom water.

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Perfect Manhattan

Much like the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan is one of the oldest and (and in our opinion, one of the finest) cocktails. The Manhattan is the first cocktail documented to use vermouth as a modifier. And just like the Old Fashioned, there are many variations of the Manhattan, but we’re partial to this variant – with an ice ball of course.

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Old School Cocktail Revival - Jockey Club Cocktail No. 2 with Almond Lemonade Ice Ball

Some of our most favorite cocktails are the ones that your grandfather, or even your grandfather's grandfather may have enjoyed.  The Jockey Club No. 2 is a revival of the original, from the 1930s (so we'll call this one "old school" since your grandfather or perhaps great grandfather may have enjoyed it).

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We have a winner for this month's Mystery Box Contest!

We're excited to have wrapped up the first mystery box contest! The tabulating has been tabulated, the counts have been counted and we have selected a winner (actually, we used a random name selection algorithm which pulled the name from the pool of entries...but it sounded better if we pretended to do the work).

A lot of people took advantage of their personal referral link and earned three additional entries - for each of the friends they referred. There was another easy way to double your chances of winning too, and all it took was confirm your email  (we sent a confirmation to everyone who entered, along with a special thank you gift via email) - unfortunately only half of the people who entered did that. You hurt your chances people!

The mystery box (well technically, it's two boxes) contains the following:

Whew, the lucky winner is well, lucky.  

Since this contest was based on sharing, and we wanted to get people talking and sharing the contest, we're giving the person that referred our winner to the contest a little something too (because hey, if we referred someone and they won...we'd hope for a little something ourselves).

The lucky runner up still gets one of our fine shirts, and and a surprise syrup included.

Without further ado, the Mystery Box winner for June is:

Jody!  (We will be contacting you via email)

Our Runner Up, who was nice enough to refer Jody to the contest is:

Blake! (We will be contacting you via email)

Woo-hoo! Contests!!

Bummed that you didn't win?  Have no fear, the next Mystery Box Contest kicks off on July 4th!!

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Old School Cocktail Revival - The Bourbon Crusta

When we started thinking about the old school, and even the "oldest school" cocktails that your great grandfather enjoyed, several classics came to mind, the Old Fashioned, the Manhattan, etc. We thought to ourselves "selves, we should go major old school." So we dusted off the Bourbon Crusta...